My 2022 Goals

I haven’t had new year’s resolutions or goals in a long time, but at the start of this year, I was feeling uncharacteristically optimistic and have set some goals for myself. These are things I believe I can achieve this year, but if I don’t achieve them I am not going to be disappointed in myself.

I feel like I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to keep to goals and new year’s resolutions so I never made them but this year I am going to try to take things at my own pace, I know not everything will come magically overnight. If I don’t complete these it won’t be the end of the world, but I’m hoping if I even make a little progress on them I will be happy.


Learn to Drive

This is something I have been saying for years lol but it’s time to finally do it. I passed my theory test in 2020 and it is going to expire in February so we need to take that again. I only started lessons last year due to the pandemic, and even then I didn’t do very many as my instructor retired.

So I am on the hunt for a new driving instructor, last year when I was looking for one a lot of them were booked up which is annoying. But people are turning 17 every day and need instructors so I think I just need to put myself on some waiting lists and see what happens.

In the last driving lesson I had, I was very anxious so it will take a while for me to build confidence again with driving but I hope that if I find the right instructor then things will go well for me.

Blog More

I think this is always on my mind, but I have to be realistic about this. I already journal, memory plan and tweet, Instagram etc. I document a lot of things in a lot of places so I can’t expect to always be posting here too. I just don’t have time.

So I think if I can try to make at least one blog post a month that would be something. I think over the years I have put pressure on myself for what kind of posts I would post here but when I first started blogging it was literally on Bebo and I was 11 years old lol. I just need to not overthink it.

Read 22 books

I had to include this here, I always set myself a Goodreads reading goal and I’ve always completed them. So at least I know this is one that’s easily done.

Why 22 books? Because it’s 2022 lol – that and also I haven’t been reading as many books since the pandemic as I used to always read on public transport and I don’t travel as much. But the last couple years I always read at least 20 so this is an achievable goal.

Learn a Language

This one was my boyfriend’s idea. He wanted to learn a language this year because he thought it would be good. So we signed up for Duolingo.

Originally we wanted to learn something together and I thought Korean would be good because I took a couple of courses in uni and I liked it. I was also trying to talk my boyfriend down from learning Mandarin which was super difficult to learn in comparison.

So we started Korean, though my boyfriend did not last very long lol. He found it hard to grasp the basics, whereas I had previous knowledge of it and so I’ve been sticking with it.

I know Duolingo is not the best source of learning Korean because there’s a lot that goes into learning the language, but I thought it would be a good starting point.

In terms of a language, my boyfriend and I can learn together? I have no idea. But he’s keen on Spanish so I might give it a go and see how it turns out. Though learning two languages is a lot of work! So we’ll see how this one goes. Learning anything in terms of a new language is an achievement in my book.

Spend more time with friends and family

This is something that has been lacking the last few years because of the pandemic, but it’s something I want to do more. I feel like since I moved out of my mum’s house I see her about twice a year and I want to make the effort to visit more often.

I also want to make the effort to see my friends, while most of them live in England some of them still live nearby! So I should not forget about that. I definitely want to make more time for people around me, if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen but I want to at least make the effort.

Make progress on my house

I suppose this is a joint goal for me and my boyfriend. We bought a house last year and it needs a lot of work. Since living here, we have got one room completed lol and we would like to get a lot more done this year.

I am confident we will get it sorted, though these things take time and money. But we already have taken steps to kick start our house renovations this year, we have been looking into new kitchens which is a big thing. Our kitchen and our bathrooms are probably the biggest rooms to renovate, everything else is paint and furniture so hopefully we can get these rooms sorted and everything else will fall into place!

I’m not expecting our whole house to be completed by the end of this year, but even two more rooms than what we have now is something.

Exercise consistently

So this is just a personal thing for me. I started exercising more towards the second half of 2021 and I want to continue that into the new year. I am not going to go on a crazy health kick or anything but a little bit more exercise than what I currently do is good enough for me.

I already do pole and hoop classes, but I also want to work on my cardio because it is terrible lol and also if I can fit in some more strength building workouts or something it will definitely help me improve in my aerial skills. So yeah this one definitely is not a big thing for me, but it’s just something I wanted to add to my routine.


And that concludes my list of goals for 2022! They aren’t anything special, but I thought I would share them and then I can give an update on them as the year goes on.

I feel like there are probably some other small goals I have in mind for this year but these are the main ones I could think of for now.

I’m not really sure what it is about this year that had me feeling optimistic but I was just in the mindset of I need to get shit done this year haha and so we will see what I’ve accomplished as the year goes on.

And hey, I guess you could say this blog post is already contributing to blogging more – so I’ll take that as a win! Oh and another thing this year I need to figure out how to end blog posts, I’ve struggled with this for forever…I just don’t know how to end my thoughts haha. One day I’ll figure it out, or I won’t follow along on this blogging journey with me haha.

2021: YouTube Edition!

A montage of my 2021 YouTube videos! Gotta say this one was tougher to put together than others as it didn’t really have a flow but we went with it anyway – I said as long as I post more than one YouTube video a year I could make these and I’m sticking to it.

2021

We have survived 2020: The Sequel! Yay!

So here we are, another blog recap and this year we actually have things to talk about in comparison to last year when I feel like the world stopped. Things opened back up again and life was able to return to some kind of normalcy. At least for me, I know other parts of the world have had numerous lockdowns and such but in the UK we were lucky that things were opening up again.

That being said, we still had the ever-present risk of COVID. I am lucky that I did not get it this year at all, even at Christmas time when Omicron was infecting everyone – I couldn’t go online without seeing someone who had tested positive. But I kept testing when necessary, wearing my mask and social distancing and we made it through without getting sick.

So let’s go back to the beginning of the year, it honestly feels like a lifetime ago. Though I think I always feel that way when I am reflecting on the year. A lot can happen in 365 days and it’s hard to keep track, thank God I love to document things everywhere so I have references haha.

I started off the year on a Zoom call with my friends, because that’s how we celebrate the new year during a pandemic. We agreed to start the call at 8pm on New Year’s Eve and so I thought we would only chat for a couple of hours but we stayed on all the way past midnight. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t talk often in person haha.

January was a pretty uneventful month, it was mainly my boyfriend and I starting work on fixing up our house. In case you didn’t know, my boyfriend and I bought a house at the end of last year and it needs a lot of work done. So we took many trips back and forth to B&Q picking up DIY supplies to work on it. And I think we made good progress in the first month, and by ‘we’ I mean my boyfriend lol I tried my best but most of the time I feel like I was in the way, so I left him to do his thing.

Also in January, I started back on my online Zoom classes for my splits stretches. One of my goals in 2021 was to finally get my splits flat on the ground, I had picked up flexibility classes during lockdown last year because it was something easy I could do from home and so I wanted to keep it going this year. And I have to say I made significant progress and I am proud that I am *so close* to the floor now!

Now for 2022, I think the goal is getting my flexibility to a point where I can easily get into the splits during aerial and pole moves because at the minute, my splits can only be achieved through lots of stretching and on the floor. So I need to work on the mobility to get it at any point at any time. It’s going to take a lot of work but it’s something I want to aim for, if not that then working on faking it enough for photos haha.

All I remember about February was watching a lot of Netflix. I had a bunch of shows on my list that I wanted to get through and so I finally did. If you want to know more about that then check out this blog post I wrote where I shared my thoughts on them.

Aside from that, there is nothing much to note of February. My boyfriend celebrated Valentine’s Day by ordering some food and watching a movie. I played a lot of Animal Crossing. I continued with my Zoom splits classes. I was working. The same old, same old.

March surprisingly does not have much to note either. Apart from that, I went to my mum’s house to pack up the rest of my belongings to officially move into my house. When I moved in with my boyfriend after uni, we had an apartment so I only moved in with the stuff I had from my uni house which is about half of the stuff I owned since everything else was at my mum’s. So we packed that all up to bring to the house. And it is currently still boxed up in the living room because we do not have any space for it anywhere lol. But at least it’s no longer taking up space at my mum’s.

Other than that I played a lot of Sims and Animal Crossing, I believe we were still in a lockdown of some kind then. I don’t remember explicitly but due to the lack of plans in my planner I think it’s safe to assume nothing was open. My boyfriend and I did go on quite a few walks though so we still got outside, and of course were still going to B&Q every so often, I guess it was classed as an ‘essential’ store lol so at least we could get house supplies.

In April, again nothing much happened lol. The start of the year was a slow one I guess. It’s so weird to me though that I don’t really remember this time at all. Though I guess there was nothing worth remembering, we were still in lockdown there was nothing going on. Just work, playing games, stretching and this month I read a lot. I always set myself a reading goal on Goodreads so I try to fit in reading when I can. It’s been harder during the pandemic when I haven’t been leaving the house as I always read on public transport but I definitely made time for it in April as I read 4/5 books then.

In May things started to change and the restrictions were starting to be lifted. I decided it was time for me to finally start taking driving lessons which was something I have been putting off for a long time. Last year, I finally took my theory test and I was ready to start driving but then the pandemic hit and so I didn’t want to start lessons if I was going to have to stop them again later down the line.

So we started driving in May which was exciting but also scary. I learnt that I’m actually not great at steering which is not ideal for driving lol. But it’s something I think I can work on. I did gain some confidence in driving as the lessons went on though and that was good.

The bad news for me though was that my driving instructor was planning to retire so I didn’t know how long I was going to have with him as an instructor. This isn’t great because we got on well and I think if we had stuck on it I would have made good progress. But I tried to make the most of the time I had before I had to find a new instructor.

Also in May, I started back at my aerial hoop classes which were fun. I started hoop in January last year so I hadn’t been able to make much progress before we went into lockdown. However, I have stuck with it this year and I think I’ve made a ton of progress compared to where I started. In comparison to pole, I find it easier to grasp moves and advance which is great because sometimes pole can make you feel defeated if you don’t pick it up quickly. I also find it helps build strength in areas that pole does not so I am looking forward to more upside-down adventures in 2022.

In June, we got our first dose of the COVID vaccine which was exciting and a step in the right direction. Though I remember I had to wait for ages in line even though I had booked in a time slot. I was waiting for about 2 hours before I was finally able to get the injection but it was worth it. And the weather was good so waiting outside wasn’t too bad.

I also decided to take up physical journalling again after being inspired by someone on Facebook who would share her journal entries. I have journaled on and off throughout the years and decided to get back to it. I was pretty consistent with it throughout the year but I feel like as my life changes and things become a bit busier I won’t always have time for it. I imagine I will switch to a digital journal again at some point to make it easier to keep up with but for now, recapping the day and sharing my thoughts on paper has been working well for me.

June is also my birth month so I celebrated my birthday by going out for dinner a few times throughout the month with various friends and family. It was great to catch up with everyone and be able to go out and eat and drink. I usually don’t like to do anything crazy for my birthday so something small was perfect and being able to spend time with people in person rather than on Skype was great too.

Moving on to July…July was probably one of the busiest months I had this year. Pole classes were starting back, the cinema was reopening and I got to spend a whole weekend with my friends from secondary school and I even had an engagement party. It was wild.

First of all, pole starting back was exciting. I had already been back at hoop for a month, so thankfully going back to pole was not as gruelling as hoop was. My pole progress has been very slow the last year or so due to the lack of classes during lockdown and also that pole is a lot of work and strength. But I am still determined to keep working on it and improving. I also one day want to be comfortable with freestyling and making my own routines but I feel like I am still a long way off from that.

Also, the cinema reopened and this was exciting because my boyfriend and I love going to the cinema and it’s something we have missed out on a lot in the last year or so. We definitely took advantage and have been to the cinema almost every week since it reopened – we have been going less frequently now mainly due to the release of movies slowing down but in the beginning, I feel like the movies were being rotated in and out of the cinema at an alarming rate so we had to stay on top of it and see all the movies we wanted to see before it was too late.

In July I also got the opportunity to see all of my friends again which was so fun. Basically, all my friends moved to England and due to restrictions, I hadn’t been able to see them in a long time. But in the summer everyone was able to fly over and we had a great couple of days catching up and spending time together. I remember the weather being amazing and so we went for a walk at Castle Ward and it was great.

I also got my second COVID vaccine at the end of July. I decided to go a couple of weeks earlier than my scheduled date because I had some free time and was already going to be close to the vaccination centre. The wait was still a long one though, as I wasn’t booked in and so had to wait for a long time, still not as long as the first time though. So I am fully vaccinated and able to live my best life which was great because I had many more plans for the rest of 2021 and wanted to minimise the risk of getting sick as much as possible. And it definitely paid off.

At the end of July, my boyfriend and I went to an engagement party for one of his friends. It feels very grown-up to go to someone’s engagement party and I feel like they aren’t very common in the UK. But it was a nice day, we gathered in a garden and chilled out and had a nice time. It was also the first time my boyfriend and I had dressed up for anything in a long time so that was nice.

In August I decided to take up running lol. It is something random for me to do but I have never been good with cardio and I thought I would try it out while the weather was nice. I ran consistently enough through August and September before getting sick and taking time off. I did try to keep up the running after I’d gotten better but we didn’t quite get there with it. But I am glad I attempted it, I think it could be something good to do during the summer but it’s definitely not a winter activity for me.

I also had my first drag show in over a year, going to drag shows was one of my main hobbies for the last couple of years and so it was weird not to have that in my life. That being said, even if no shows were happening they kept being announced so over 2020 I had bought a lot of tickets to a lot of shows, I was just waiting to be able to go to them.

The first show back was Crystal Methyd and everything was social distanced and it was a fun time. Not going to lie I was waiting for it to be rescheduled because that’s how things had been going for us but I was so glad to have an event go ahead and nothing bad happened. It was definitely one of those things that made me believe things could start getting back to normal and that was great.

At the end of August, my boyfriend and I hosted people at our house for the first time since we moved in. Not going to lie, the house is still very much a mess. We had made strong progress on one room at the start of the year but not much had happened since then due to life getting in the way. So we all hung out in the kitchen haha but that was fine as we were just having some drinks and playing some games. It was a good night but I look forward to the future when our house is fully complete and we can properly welcome people in without having to apologise for the mess. It’ll take time but I know we will get there.

Moving onto September where I had my first and last lesson with a new driving instructor after my last instructor retired. I hadn’t had a lesson in a few weeks due to me being busy and my old instructor being busy so I was super nervous for my lesson with a new instructor. Let’s just say nerves got the best of me and I also didn’t feel like I got along with the instructor very well so I never booked another lesson.

Honestly, it was a sucky feeling to lose all the confidence I had with driving so soon, I know there was still a lot I needed to work on but on that lesson I felt like I was back to square one. So we ended up shelving driving for the year after that, I ended up being really busy in October and it took me ages to find an instructor in the first place so I decided I would try again in the new year. It’s not ideal and I will have to do my theory again but I thought it was what was best for me.

Wedding glam

Aside from the driving lesson fiasco, September was relatively quiet. I attended a wedding with my boyfriend at the start of the month which was another big step into returning to normalcy. It was also the first wedding that me and my boyfriend have ever attended together, and the first wedding I have been to since I was 14 lol. But I am now at the age where people I know are getting married that aren’t family and so I guess I should prepare myself. Especially because this wedding was only the beginning as we have two planned in 2022 and one in 2023.

But this first wedding was a family wedding and another excuse to dress up so it was a good time. There weren’t many restrictions at the wedding which was nice, though there was not meant to be any dancing but that was fine with me as I am not much of a dancer anyway haha.

Then in the second half of September I ended up having a cold which was not fun. I remember not being able to sleep and having an all-around miserable time. It’s probably the first time I have taken sick leave at work for longer than a couple of days. I used the time to rest and play a lot of Animal Crossing which I had neglected for much of the summer due to having plans again. But it was nice to come back to it after some time away, it has been a constant for so much of my life it’s nice to have that comfort when you are ill. And it definitely wasn’t COVID because I took multiple lateral flows and a PCR to make sure so just a terrible cold.

Thankfully, I was able to recover for October because I had plans every weekend in October, I hadn’t planned it that way it’s just how it happened so I feel like this was a month that flew by for me.

One of the most exciting things that happened this month is that my friend Jasmine found her wedding dress! She is getting married in a couple of years and she was lucky enough to get her wedding dress her first time out shopping. Sadly not all of us could go with her while she was dress shopping due to COVID regulations but the girls that went with her took loads of photos and video so we could see afterwards and it was fun. Surprisingly this activity didn’t seem to be out of place for me, usually this kind of thing would feel ‘too adult’ to be happening to any of my friends but I feel like this was always meant to happen. I guess because I had always imagined going wedding dress shopping with one of my friends eventually. Even if I think it will be weird to be at the actual wedding I know we were always meant to do wedding dress shopping one day haha.

I also got to meet my work team in person for the first time and spend time with them. I still had been working from home throughout the year so had not met my team at all. But we were given permission to take a half day and organise a ‘team bonding’ session outside of the office so we decided to meet up. It’s weird to think I was working with these people for a year and didn’t know any of them in person, but that’s the pandemic life. We spent an afternoon out bowling and getting food and I feel like I can say we bonded sufficiently haha.

October also brought the reopening of the theatre. I haven’t been to the theatre since 2019 to see Dear Evan Hansen. I say that like I go all the time lol but realistically I’ve been twice in the last few years but it’s been something new to do. And I got lucky because two shows I wanted to see were coming to Belfast in October – Six and Heathers. I bought tickets for both earlier in the year not really knowing if they were going to go ahead or not but I’m glad that they did.

Both shows were amazing and I really enjoyed being back at the theatre and seeing live performances. There’s something so impressive about seeing people perform in person like the talent is incredible and I could never. So I always appreciate the people that can and do perform.

This brings us into November. A significantly less busy month, which I am thankful for. Though it did start off well as I also got to go to a concert for the first time since Day6 in 2020. Not going to lie, I didn’t think I would be going back to a concert so soon, mainly because it would be the most crowded event I was going to this year and that was scary. But our seats were towards the front so no one was close in front of us and I wore my mask the whole time so it was fine. I went to see Steps with all my sisters and my mum, it was a super fun time and it was great to have that experience with my family.

We also went to see Steps a few years ago and that was a big thing for me because they were probably the first band that I was ever obsessed with way back when I was 7 or 8 and it was something I always shared with my sisters so it was nice to be able to do that again.

I got to see my uni friends in November as well, I haven’t really talked to them since we graduated and one of them moved to England after we left uni but she came over to visit and organised an outing for us. I thought it might be weird to see them again after so long but it was fine. I suppose when you go through 4 years of uni together you have a bond. So it was good to catch up with them again.

Finally, we reach December and honestly, your girl was tired lol. Writing this I realise I’ve been through a lot in 2022 and half of it was just getting back to regular life. I know things will never be fully normal again, especially with news everyday about COVID but I’m hoping it at least becomes manageable.

I thought December was going to be a relaxing time and for the most part, it was I mean I spent a lot of time after work chilling out and enjoying a fire and watching movies, playing Animal Crossing. But this was mainly due to the fact work was very stressful the last couple of weeks before Christmas.

There was a huge security vulnerability happening in the tech world and we had to work to patch it before the holidays and it was not fun. We had to upgrade versions two or three times because just when you thought the new version was safe, no there was another vulnerability lol. I imagine a lot of companies had to deal with this so yeah that’s super great. A nice way to end the year.

Even now in January, we had to upgrade again so it’s going to be something to keep an eye on, but at least it’s been more manageable than a pandemic.

So yeah, aside from work, home life was pretty chill. And at Christmas, I got to spend time with my family and I got to see my friends between Christmas and New Year’s. Naturally, I was doing lateral flows every few days because it seemed like everyone was getting COVID and the last thing I needed to do was spread it to my friends and family. I know all my friends were testing too which was good but family was another story. Though I haven’t heard of any news of anyone being sick so I take it as a good sign.

And so we head into 2022, I’m feeling quite ambitious this year as I have a few goals for myself that I hope to achieve. I am going to try and not put too much pressure on myself if they don’t happen but at the same time, I think they will be manageable. But those will come in a separate blog post as this one is hella long.

But I thank you for sticking it out to the end if you did. Though these are mostly for me, I like to put them out there in the world. 2021 has been a wild year and I’ve really enjoyed it. And because I have set myself some goals this year I am feeling uncharacteristically optimistic about what will happen this year. But we’ll see how I really feel about it by the end – I mean we are only a few days in, you never know what will happen.

Still, I think we should try to be positive as we’ve been through two hard years so here’s hoping something good comes our way in 2022!

2020

Time to recap this year. Oh boy.

I guess I start with the obvious, this year was not what I expected it to be. Not that I had many ideas of what the year would bring. Looking back on last year’s blog post all I knew was that I was going to be working and I was going to play a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

I suppose this is good news for me then, considering I still have my job and yes, I have indeed been playing a lot of Animal Crossing. Probably more than I expected to be playing it but yes I have been playing it and so in terms of what I thought the year was going to be I guess I’ve been doing all right for myself haha.

Aside from those two things happening, I do remember I was looking forward to a lot of other things in 2020. For example, concerts, drag shows, general outings that were yet to be planned. Like everyone else life shifted into something unexpected for me and we have all been dealing with it since.

But I don’t want to dwell on the bad. I feel like we have spent too long doing that already this year and so I am going to try and focus on the positives. Because, as hard as this year has been there have been some good things that I’ve had going on in life and so I want to share them with you.

So let’s start in the beginning: January.

I think it’s easy to focus on good things in January because that’s before the whole world went into lockdown and everyone was having a good time.

Honestly, it’s hard to even remember what was going on at the time but what I do remember is that I went to London with my brother to see Day6! I was so excited about this because Day6 is my favourite KPop band and I missed them the year before so I made super sure I was not going to miss them this year.

Plus, looking back now, I am even more grateful that I was able to even have that experience, because looking back at the pictures and everything I couldn’t imagine myself in a room full of people like that again, at least not for a very long time.

Also one thing that was different at the start of the year was that I spent New Year’s Eve with my friends. I know that sounds weird but me and my friends never do New Year’s together. I usually always spend it with my boyfriend, but this year, because I wasn’t living with my family and had my own place I decided to invite the girls around. It was a pretty chill evening but it was nice to spend time with them when normally we wouldn’t get together for that kind of thing.

Next there is February, but there is genuinely nothing very interesting to report there. As it is the shortest month of the year I feel like there never is anything going on there. Plus I was really looking forward to March because I had so many things planned for March…and then there was a pandemic.

In March, I was planning to see Seventeen in London with my friend Jasmine, but sadly it was the first thing to be cancelled for me due to COVID. It was annoying and upsetting, especially when at the time the virus wasn’t a big thing in the UK so it seemed crazy that the event would be cancelled. But I suppose it was probably for the best.

That being said, it didn’t stop everyone from going to London, flights had been booked, time had been taken off and everyone was still determined to make the best out of a bad situation. I still went to London to see Jasmine and some of my other friends and we even made some new ones. So I can’t say that it was a bad time, it just wasn’t what we were originally expecting.

Along with Seventeen being cancelled, I was also supposed to go to Cirque Du Soleil with my boyfriend in March but it also got cancelled. I was so annoyed about them cancelling Cirque Du Soleil because I had gotten the tickets in January for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m hoping that sometime in the future I will be able to make it up to him because it was something that we were both looking forward to, but I don’t think it’ll be for a long time.

On the bright side, there were a couple of things that went okay in March. For example, my last drag show of the year still went ahead which was nice. It happened the week before the UK went into lockdown so I feel like I was a little bit scared of going when all the reports of COVID were first coming out, but I’m glad I went, because I didn’t know when I would get to another show.

Another thing that came through for me was the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo had good timing with this release because it was the weekend the UK announced it was going into lockdown, so I had a lot of unexpected free time on my hands to enjoy a new game. One that I had been looking forward to for years.

Animal Crossing has definitely dominated most of the year for me. Probably more than I expected, but what else can you do when you can’t leave the house? Animal Crossing has been a game I’ve been playing since I was about 7 so it was nice to take comfort in something that has been a constant in my life for so long.

Moving from March to April…I feel like there’s not much to report. We are definitely getting into the months where there was nothing really going on.

April was a lot of adjusting to working from home all the time and Animal Crossing. We only went into lockdown at the end of March, so this was the first full month where there was nothing to do except stay at home and be safe if you had to leave the house.

I think April went quite well looking back, I was in constant contact with my friends because of Animal Crossing, and I also managed to have a couple of Skype sessions with my friends who weren’t playing the game. Plus there was also the release of Tiger King on Netflix which had everyone occupied.

Then in May, again a lot of the same. But my boyfriend and I had also started taking walks because we needed to do something to get out of the house. I enjoyed going on the walks because it was nice to get some fresh air. Leaving your house didn’t always have to be for sociable reasons, sometimes you just needed to get out there for your mental health.

May was also around the time when I started this big project at work, so that was taking up a lot of the time during the day. It was hard to adjust to working at home but I think I’ve been doing a good job, some days are more productive than others but I’ve accepted that that’s the way it goes sometimes.

June was another kind of slow month with nothing to report. Very much of the same thing from previous months lol. Not the best for a blog post recap of the year but it’s the truth. I was spending a lot of time in work on my project as well as interviewing to move into a new team.

My birthday was also in June and I turned 23, definitely a different celebration than other years. I arranged a Skype call with my friends and then had a cute movie night with my boyfriend. Something simple but still nice to have a day to celebrate something.

Then there was nothing to report in July. More work, more Animal Crossing. Summer actually had some nice weather so there was also a lot of walking which was nice too.

In August things looked a little bit more optimistic as lockdown eased and shops and restaurants started to open again. I was able to get back to my pole and hoop classes which I had missed a lot.

Oh my God. I just realised, in January I started my aerial hoop classes! That was something new and exciting to do. I feel like I started quite strong with hoop because of my experience with pole which I was grateful for. And it was great to go back to the classes after being away for so long.

I am still really enjoying hoop and pole when I get the chance to go. Which during this year has been very on and off which makes it hard to keep up your strength. But I am hoping that I can soon get a pole for home so it means I can keep training even with lockdowns and such.

Aside from getting back to my classes, in August I was also able to meet up with friends a few times and it was amazing to be able to socialise in person again. I am really glad that I was able to meet up with my friends during that time. Yes it was a risk to do so, but we always followed the guidelines to make sure that we stayed safe.

At the end of August/start of September I moved teams at work which was a little strange to do from home. I guess it’s hard to get into the mindset of a new team when you are still working at your same desk from home, just that the people you talk to everyday are now different lol. The transition wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be so that was good. Though I know it’ll be weird when we finally return to office and I am sitting in a new place with a bunch of people I haven’t met in person yet haha. But I think we are still a long way off from returning to office so I have time to figure out my social skills again.

September was very similar to August in terms of life though. It was nice to get some normalcy as I was able to continue going to classes and occasionally meeting with friends. I feel like I was very busy in September because I was actually leaving the house again which was strange.

Though not everything was good in September, as there was a week or so where I was sick and I had to get a COVID test. It was a scary time, even though I was 99% sure I had a cold, it was still good to be tested. The scary thing for me was that while I was waiting for test results, I was thinking about all the people I had been in contact with who I would have to tell if I did have COVID. It was a higher number than I thought and it really made me think about how much I was going out.

It would have been my friends, my boyfriend, the people in hoop class and the people in pole class because they were held in different places and I wasn’t feeling great about it. Luckily the test came back negative, but it really made me think about how careful I need to be when I was going places and doing things.

And I think that’s something that people should think about during these times, that if you were positive, would you be ashamed of how many people you would have to tell because you’d been in contact with them? Compared to how it would have been if you had caught it when out shopping and you lived alone. It’s wild, and kind of depressing but it definitely made me realise I should be more careful when out and about.

Moving into October, we were prepping to go into another lockdown I believe. Not surprising after schools being reopened and everyone going out to restaurants to “Eat Out to Help Out”. I guess myself included, but my friends and I usually avoided the days when the offer was on because it wasn’t as busy.

Also in October my boyfriend and I decided to look into houses. We had started looking a little bit in the summer but were not too serious about it. But then in October we were really serious and started booking a lot of viewings for places that we liked. We had decided to buy a house together earlier in the year, and with the money we were saving from working from home, it looked like we were getting somewhere with our saving for a house deposit.

The house search didn’t take too long for us because we found a house that we loved almost instantly. It had come back up on the market after a sale fell through and so we made our offer and it was accepted. We were going to be homeowners! Exciting and also scary considering it was something new for both of us.

After the offer we made on the house was accepted, November was just a waiting game. Since we were back in lockdown there was nothing much to do, except for work and wait for news on the house. And by the end of November we officially had keys and were homeowners. It all happened so quickly that it still feels weird that it happened. I mean, I feel like a lot of people I know who buy houses were waiting a long time to move in and things because they all bought new builds. But we didn’t have that, once we got our mortgage offer from the bank everything happened in a matter of days. It was crazy.

Which brings us to December. It has been a very busy month for me and my boyfriend as we worked during the day and at night were travelling from our apartment to our house to prep for the move. There was a lot of cleaning to be done and wall repair and packing to be done.

I have been grateful that we have had something new to focus on in December, especially with more restrictions being put in place and also rules changing so close to Christmas time.

We have only been moved in for a couple of weeks now but it’s been nice just to take some time since moving to unwind and basically do nothing. We moved the weekend that we finished work for the year so once we got the necessities unpacked we have just been chilling out. Which we feel is well deserved after the last month of prepping for the move and actually moving, on top of doing our day jobs.

Christmas was a weird one this year due to the government changing all the restrictions last minute and also the new strain of COVID about. It’s hard to really feel in the Christmas spirit when your limited to the amount of time you can spend with your family, but I am grateful I was able to see my family at all, considering I hadn’t seen them very much throughout the year. I tried to limit visiting my family as much as possible this year as some of my family members were high risk, and I knew I had been out socialising throughout the year with various people.

So Christmas day was spent with my family, but who knows when I will see them again as we are now in the midst of yet another lockdown…it’s definitely upsetting but it is what it is. Hopefully in 2021, things will begin to ease again with vaccine, though I don’t expect things to immediately go back to normal.

But we see what happens. My New Year’s Eve consisted of me playing Animal Crossing and Skyping with my friends. It was a pretty quiet one, but one I was familiar with, as I used to always celebrate the new year in Animal Crossing before I was old enough to drink. Plus, it was great to be able to speak to my friends since we don’t have time together very often.

Not sure if I can say I have many plans for the new year other than working on my house. I might also maybe finally learn to drive if we stop having a lockdown every five minutes, I passed my theory in February and haven’t gone on to do any driving lessons because of the pandemic. So we see if this is the year I finally get on the roads lol.

Other than that I am just going to keep doing what I’m doing, staying safe and trying to navigate this pandemic the best I can. And I hope everyone else is able to do the same. I can’t say I’ll come out of this pandemic having learnt a new skill or really spending time improving upon myself, but I think even just getting by is enough and that’s what I’ll keep aiming for.

So here’s hoping next year is something better, even if we could go longer than a few weeks without another lockdown would be good. And maybe I’ll even have some fun things to report about in my 2021 blog post. Fingers crossed.

2019!

Another year has gone by and it is time for me to once again reflect on it. I seriously wanted to get this blog post done before the new year but I spent a lot of time just chilling and seeing friends and family etc I had no time – plus a little bit of laziness. But we are doing it now!

Honestly when I think back on 2019 it’s pretty much a blur, the first half of the year was spent stressing out just trying to get through final year of uni (and watching too much Grey’s Anatomy), then there was graduation and my last official summer holiday before starting work (where I read a lot of books) and then finally the end of the year where I started working and living with my boyfriend and adjusting to all the Xbox he plays. And that is my year in a nutshell.

If that was all I had to write for this blog post that would be great but I do like to go through month by month to just see how much I’ve actually done. Plus luckily for me, this year I have a full planner which will tell me week by week what I’ve been doing lol.

So let’s start in January shall we?

I rang in the year with my boyfriend, which has been something I’ve been doing the past few years. I can’t remember much about the night but I assume it was good. We have been together for almost four years now and I think it’s safe to say we are pretty solid, but I’m not about to plan a wedding yet haha.

Also in January we started back at uni and of course that is stressful. I literally don’t remember anything about uni and I think it’s because I might have blocked out how stressful it was. Final year compared to the rest of my university experience was no joke. It was tough and I definitely wasn’t as organised as I should have been.

One thing I started doing to ease the stress a bit was binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy. I started in January and just kept going the whole way through the year and the uni semester until I had finished all 15 seasons. I never thought I would make it the whole way but I’m proud I did.

I had my first drag show of the year in January, it’s hard to believe because it feels so long ago. I also celebrated one year of taking pole classes! It’s crazy that I’ve stuck with it for so long, I for sure thought that I was going to quit somewhere along the line but now it’s been two years, and it’s amazing. So I don’t see myself giving it up anytime soon. I also had another Neopets account for like five minutes so that didn’t last long.

In February, I don’t really think I got up to much, I had another drag show and obviously more uni work, my boyfriend and I didn’t even really celebrate Valentine’s Day because I had pole class haha. So I guess it was a quiet month.

In March I had my first outing with the pole class for drinks to celebrate our one year anniversary of pole. We are all very busy outside of class so it was hard to find a day when we were all free. It was super fun and it was nice to see everyone outside of class and fully clothed lol.

Also in March my friend Jasmine came for a visit which was great. I don’t see her much but I always enjoy when I get to see her. I enjoyed when we went out in March because I had bought knee-high boots for the occasion so all of us would be matching. Some say tacky, but we say stylish.

Other highlights in March were that I got a new phone, I was saying goodbye to my iPhone and hello to Android once more. I liked my stint in the iPhone world but am glad to have an Android phone again.

I also got my first ever Erin Condren planner and I was super excited about that because ever since stumbling upon the planner community I felt like it was the planner for me, plus I love sticker spreads. They have been fun to create over the last year. I’m not yet up to having a sticker spread for every week, I just keep it to special occasions but that could change in the next year lol.

In April, uni was beginning to wind down I had mostly finished classes but our dissertation deadline was looming, so there was a lot of work that needed to be done.

I also finally got to see Adore Delano perform live. She was one of the drag queens I had always wanted to see perform and she did not disappoint, I had a great time. I have a whole backstory as to how she was supposed to be the first drag queen I ever saw live but she cancelled that tour date haha but three years later I made it to see her and I’m not mad about it.

Towards the end of April we had another pole get together which was a great stress reliever, it was two days before my dissertation was due but I decided I definitely needed the night off. Plus, I knew I wasn’t going to pull off something miraculous towards the end, I had accepted that I had done most of the work and that I should just work on finishing my write up the last few days.

After handing in my dissertation I felt a lot of relief but sadly I couldn’t rest yet because I had exams in May. At this point I was starting to feel a little burnt out. But I had to push through to the very end, it wasn’t easy but revision was a little better than my disseration, mainly because I was just revising things I already learnt, rather than having to pull a whole project off from scratch.

After exams, it was finally time to start off my last summer ever. I spent most of the first couple weeks off, sleeping and playing Sims – typical behaviour of me really.

Then towards the end of May me and my brother decided to book last minute tickets to see BlackPink in Manchester. It was going to be my first KPop concert since KCon New York three years ago and I am so glad we decided to go. I only started listening to BlackPink music this year but it was amazing to see them live. It was a fun trip and surprisingly not as expensive as we thought it was going to be so it was totally worth it.

June can be summed up by three things: sleep, Sims and reading. I had gotten into reading again last year with the help of GoodReads and I wanted to continue reading on this year. But because of university I didn’t have much time to read but in June I ended up reading a lot. It seems I swapped out Grey’s Anatomy for a book series and I ended up reading the most books in a month I think I’ve ever read.

I also got back into making Sims YouTube videos, I didn’t make many videos on my main channel but I was playing Sims so much that it didn’t feel like too much of a stretch to make some videos as well.

Then at the end of June I celebrated my 22nd birthday. This time there was no Taylor Swift concert but I still got to spend the night with my friends and have fun.

The week after my birthday was graduation, I kind of knew what to expect as my boyfriend graduated the year before but this time it was my turn. It felt weird having to put on the graduation gown and everything but at the same time it felt right. Looking back it kind of seemed like the graduation scene in a movie, when you see your friends after getting your diplomas and everything. It was a big day and luckily I made it across the stage without falling so all was well.

July was spent in a similar fashion to June where I was playing Sims, reading and enjoying all the free time. I was going to start work at the end of the month so I had to make the most of it.

At the end of July I started my job, it is in the same place where I did my university placement so I wasn’t too worried about starting. However this time, I was joining as part of the graduate program and so had to go through some training first.

The training lasted a month and a half and I was stuck in the Hilton during the whole time. It was fine in the beginning but over time it got a little depressing because the room had no windows. At least I wasn’t alone, I met all the new graduates joining us and made some friends. We started going out every Friday for drinks after training and that was nice, it was good to get out of the Hilton and have some bonding time.

Outside of work, I was maintaining my reading and playing a bunch of Sims – are we sensing a theme of what I do with my free time?

In September, I finished my training and started work properly. I rejoined the team I was on during placement so luckily I had some kind of idea what was going on.

I was also settling into living with my boyfriend during September. It was a big step for us but at the same time I wasn’t too worried about it. He got his own place at the start of the year when I had been living at uni so when I finished uni he asked me to move in with him. Originally I wasn’t planning to, I thought I should live on my own for a bit but at the same time I did want to live with him.

And so we are still living together now. I did think it would be weird to live with him in the beginning, I guess because it’s different than living with a flatmate. Mainly because you share a bed and aren’t used to your significant other around all the time. But I think we’ve made it work quite well.

October was spent working, but also going out with my friends which was great, we only get together like once every few months or something but in October we saw each other quite frequently with Halloween and other things so that was fun.

For Halloween, we went to this Disney themed costume night and I had big plans for my costume but in reality it was just a dalmation cape haha. I wanted a cool wig to go with it but sadly the wig I ordered ended up being terrible. I think if I were to do something like that again I would definitely need one of those fancy drag queen wigs. If only I could afford it…

At the end of October I also went to Liverpool with my mum, sisters and my niece for my niece’s 16th birthday. This was our first ever kind of family vacation so I was nervous about how it might go but it was actually a good time. I got to spend time with the family and visit somewhere I’ve never been before, it might not be as exciting as going outside the UK but I still had a good time. You can find out more about it in the Liverpool blog post I made.

Then a couple of weeks later I went to London with my boyfriend to see Dear Evan Hansen – we had planned to do this before I had the trip with my family planned, it just happened they were close together haha. The time away with my boyfriend was great, even though we live together now it was still nice to have proper one on one time together. At the time we were both busy with work and other things so to have time off was nice.

Dear Evan Hansen was nothing short of amazing. I cried so much and I wasn’t expecting to haha. Again, if you want to know more about that trip you can check out my London blog post.

Since this has been the second year in a row my boyfriend and I have went to London for a West End show I wonder what we will go and see next…Whatever it is I will be sure to keep you posted. If you want to know more about my London trip then check out this blog post.

The rest of November was spent scrambling to get Christmas presents and also Christmas decorations. This was the first year where my boyfriend and I would have to get Christmas decorations of our own, and who knew they would be so expensive? At least now we have them we won’t have to buy them again.

I also decided to start playing the 100 Baby Challenge on the Sims because why not? I never really keep save games in the Sims but I figured with something like this, I can always go back to it. It’s actually kind of fun and it keeps you busy with all the Sims, normally I only ever have one Sim in my household so to always have eight is crazy haha.

In December we decorated our place and that was super cute, to see the whole place made up. Plus it had been a while since I had actually decorated for Christmas, the past few years I have been so busy that mum has just decorated the house on her own. So it was nice to be able to decorate again.

Also in December I enjoyed a lot of time just chilling out and spending time with friends and family. You know, the norm.

And so that brings us to the end of my 2019! I always say this but this has definitely been a crazy year for me. I’ve gone through a huge transition with leaving uni to join the life of a working adult and so far it’s going okay. I remember when I was writing about how nervous I was about leaving secondary school to go to uni but that doesn’t even compare to leaving uni and starting a job.

I guess I was lucky in that I kind of already knew what my job was going to be, but I think I’m still adjusting to everything. I mean this year, 2020, will be my first full year as a working girl. I won’t have long breaks off like I used to with uni because I only get a certain amount of days to take off a year. It will be weird. But at the same time I’ll have money to do things which is nice.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see where 2020 will take me. I have no big plans for the year except probably dedicating my life to Animal Crossing: New Horizons (which I can’t believe I’m only mentioning right now omg). It was supposed to be released in 2019 but that didn’t happen so I’m counting down the days until it’s released!

So I hope the New Year has been treating you well so far, and if not well we still have another 11 and a half months to turn it around so let’s see where we end up.

~ Courtney x

2018!

It is once again time for my annual wrap up blog post of the year! These are always interesting because it gives me time to reflect on all the things I have accomplished this year and remember all the good times I’ve had. I actually just read through last year’s post and I can’t believe all those things happened only a year ago, they already feel like a lifetime away.

And I think things will probably feel that way when I reflect on this year. Especially because I really don’t remember much at all from the first half of it. And unlike previous year’s, I sadly do not have all my tweets to remind me – so I’m gonna have to use all other social media to figure it out. But we will talk about what happened to my Twitter a bit later.

I started out the year celebrating with my boyfriend again. We have now been together coming up to 3 years, and here’s hoping there are many more years to celebrate together after that.

I also started the year with a full-time job as I was still on placement as part of my university degree. This is probably the hardest thing for me to remember, working a real job. It feels like it almost didn’t happen at all. Even though I worked there for 11 months. I won’t go into full detail about my placement year as I have made several blog posts about it so if you want to know more then you can check them out.

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A selfie from a lift while on placement

Overall I did enjoy my placement though, I think I learnt a lot and it was a valuable experience for me to have. So I am glad I had the opportunity to do it as part of my degree.

So, to briefly sum up the first half of the year, I was working Monday – Friday, 9 – 5. Not much else to report about that.

Though I did have a lot of fun things that I did outside of work. For example, in January I was eager for my next annual leave bout after coming back from Christmas because I was going to London with my boyfriend for his birthday.

Back in November of 2017, I impulsively bought tickets to Hamilton for me and my boyfriend for his birthday. We hadn’t even booked flights or anything but all that was important was that we were going to see Hamilton.

And while we were going to be in London I also thought it would be a fun idea to get tickets to the Harry Potter Studios for Christmas for my boyfriend as well.

It was safe to say the first couple of weeks back at work after Christmas was torture because I was just dying to go away for my next holiday haha.

London was amazing. I won’t go into too much detail about it here because I’ve already made a video talking about it which you can check out, but I will share some of the highlights.

First off, Hamilton was amazing. It was our first ever West End show and so I wanted to get good seats, and we got the best. I was blown away by the musical when I first listened to the Broadway cast but nothing really compares to seeing it in person. When you’re there you feel those emotions and you experience it completely. It’s incredible. And I highly recommend going to see it if you haven’t already.

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On top of that, we also had the pleasure of meeting Jamie Dornan while we were there seeing Hamilton. My fangirl heart literally exploded when I saw him walk into the room. Like what were the odds? It was even crazier because the night before we had been watching him on TV and then he was just there. I was starstruck and obviously had to say hi. I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t. He was lovely and even though our exchange was a small one I’ll still always remember.

Then, of course, there was the Harry Potter Studios! Okay, I’ll admit, I’d never seen any of the Harry Potter movies until right before I left for London. This was more for my boyfriend because he was a big Harry Potter fan, but I felt I needed to at least watch the movies to have some idea of what was going on. The Studios were stunning and I was blown away. I had never gotten into Harry Potter and I guess I never really understood but being there, where they filmed and seeing everything in person, I understood. It was magical and I really enjoyed the visit.

Other things that happened on our trip to London included a visit to the Sherlock museum, a look at Buckingham Palace, and some shopping. We wanted to go to the London Eye but I think it was closed when we were visiting, so I guess that’s something I will have to do when I go back.

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Just hanging out

Another thing that I did in January was start pole dancing lessons, this is something that I never thought I would do. But my friend Victoria and I decided to go at the start of the year, and I’ve been going ever since. Not going to lie, it was definitely a bit scary going at first, you know there’s a whole stigma around it and you think people might judge you, but honestly? It’s super fun and the community that I have found in NI around it are so wonderful and supportive.

I’m really glad I decided to take the chance and take pole classes, I have made new friends from it and it is also a fun way to keep fit. It’s definitely helped me get stronger and I love sharing my spins and tricks with my friends.

In February and March, I honestly am not sure what I was doing. I guess nothing eventful if I don’t remember haha. I feel so lost without my tweets to guide me in some sort of direction. I didn’t make any YouTube videos in those months either…so I’m guessing these months were just spent working. Obviously not all working, but nothing significant either.

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Though at the end of March I did get a second tattoo. I decided to get one because my boyfriend was also getting one. We didn’t get matching ones but I thought it would be fun. Ever since I got my first tattoo I have definitely always toyed with getting another one. And so I ended up getting a small one on my arm which says xo xo. And if you’re thinking xo xo Gossip Girl then I can confirm yeah I definitely also thought that. But I love it, like I love Gossip Girl and also gossip in general so I guess there was a meaning behind it, other than I just wanted another cute tattoo.

In April I decided to start my YouTube channel up again properly and try vlogging every day in April…I didn’t vlog every day but I did keep it up for a while. I suppose the reason I didn’t end up vlogging every day in April because I wasn’t always doing something worth vlogging, which is the YouTube vlogger struggle. But that’s okay, I don’t put too much pressure on myself to do YouTube because it’s just a hobby, as long as I’m still posting every so often I feel accomplished.

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I also got to see the Nashville Farewell Tour in April which I enjoyed a lot. I originally was not going to go, but then the day of the concert I decided to buy a last minute ticket. The reason being that I worked across the road from the arena where they were performing and I was on Twitter and saw people meeting the Nashville cast around the area and I was jealous and wanted to see them perform. It was also going to be the last time I would be able to see them perform as Nashville the TV show was ending.

And I’m really glad I went. I’ve been watching Nashville since I think 2014/2015? And I love the music on the show, so I guess it naturally made sense that I enjoyed the concert. It was a great show and if you’ve never seen it, now is a perfect time because you can binge watch it. 🙂

May was another one of those months where I don’t really remember what was going on. It was the month before I left placement so I know things were starting to wind down there and the weather was beginning to pick up for the summer. I think May was also the month when I lost my Twitter account.

I have already made a blog post about what happened to my Twitter account so I won’t bore you with the details but long story short, I made my Twitter account when I was 12 and so they locked me out. I still have not been given access back to my account and it’s really annoying. I’ve had that Twitter account for 9 years and now it’s just…gone.

So I started a new one. It’s definitely not the same as it used to be. But because I use Twitter so much and it’s a big part of my life I couldn’t be without it. I had friends there that I didn’t have anywhere else and to try and find them again without remembering their Twitter handle was a struggle. It was also hard because I couldn’t really explain to anyone what happened.

But with the way things are going, I think this is the Twitter account that I’m going to have from now on. It’s just annoying that I can’t at least get my username back…

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June started with a drag show which is how you know June was a good month for me. As you know I love RuPaul’s Drag Race and going to drag shows has become a new hobby of mine. The first big show I saw in 2018 was Werq the World. This is one of those shows where a bunch of queens from past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race come together to perform and I love them.

June was also a big month because it’s my birth month. It also happened to be the month that I finished work placement. So it was a time for celebration, this year I turned 21 and celebrated going out with my friends. I never really feel older when I celebrate a birthday but I suppose no one really does. Either way, I still end up getting ID’d when I go out so it’s not like I’m looking any older haha.

Also for my birthday, I got to see Taylor Swift in Dublin! Taylor was amazing and I have wanted to see her perform for the last couple of years now so I’m really glad I got to do that. And she recently released her concert on Netflix, so if you missed it you can check it out there.

At the end of June my boyfriend graduated from university, so all his hard work and sleepless nights had paid off. I am so proud of him for making it through uni and getting his graduate job. It was great to see him get his degree, and hopefully next year it will be me getting mine. 🙂

As far as I remember July was spent chilling and enjoying my time off work. I also started this new blog and I plan to keep it. So far I think it’s going well, though I am still trying to find a good layout. I want something simple and clean but at the same time, all the blog layouts I’ve found have not been right. The one I am currently using is the one I liked the most out of my choices but I am hoping to find something better soon.

Aside from that, I feel like I spent a lot of July playing video games, watching TV and sleeping. Which is a great month in my opinion when you’d spent the last few working a lot.

A few fun things that happened in July were that my friend Jasmine came over for a while with her boyfriend Chris, it was his first time in Northern Ireland so we had to show him around, I also started my scrapbook which I’ve had sitting around for ages and I also started selling things on eBay for my mum. I’d never sold anything online before but I’d always thought about it because I have a lot of stuff I wanted to get rid of and I thought selling online would be a good way, though so far mostly my mum’s stuff has sold compared to mine lol.

August in comparison to July seemed to be a very busy month for me, I spent half of it with my boyfriend as I stayed with him while his parents were in Florida, I also decided to vlog/make a video every day and played a lot of Sims and Stardew Valley. Not to mention went to pride and all the drag shows as well.

After the less successful attempt at vlogging every day in April, I decided to try again in August. Only this time, it wasn’t just vlogging, I also made videos for my Sims YouTube channel. August was definitely more successful than April as I was able to create 22 videos in August, 11 for my Sims channel and 11 for my main channel. So it’s safe to say August was pretty well documented on my YouTube channel.

At the end of August, I was also super busy with moving house and preparing for my final year of university. It feels weird that I have been moving so often, and I can’t wait to finally move one last time after graduation and be settled for a little while. But for now, I’m back in student accommodation and ready for the next semester.

September I spent settling into my new flat and enjoying my last remaining weeks of freedom before university. As in, I spent a lot of time playing Sims and Stardew Valley because I knew once university started I wouldn’t be able to play as much.

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September was also an exciting month because after waiting years we FINALLY got confirmation for Animal Crossing Switch. It should be coming in 2019 and I’m going to be waiting every single day waiting for some news. We haven’t heard anything since the first announcement but I’d like to think we’d be hearing something very soon. In case you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of Animal Crossing and it’s been 5 years since we got a new main series game and I can not wait until it comes out. I already know it’s going to be amazing.

Also in September my friends and I went over to England to surprise Jasmine for her birthday. This was a really fun trip as it was a good time for all of us to spend together before we started university again. It was also the first time we’d ever organised a surprise and it was super fun. Though a bit stressful, especially when Jasmine almost saw Megan the day we arrived to surprise her but it all worked out and she was really surprised.

October was when I really started to get into university life again, classes started and things quickly settled back into a routine of student life. This year of university has been the busiest one I’ve ever had. We have so much more work to do this year than we did in previous ones so it’s been hard to adjust to the workload.

That being said, I still had a lot of fun things to do to take my mind off of university, and by that, I mean I went to 4 drag shows and a metal concert haha. They announced these drag shows over summer so I bought tickets at the time not knowing how busy I would be university wise, but I made it work.

The concert I went to was Okilly Dokilly, I had heard of the band through the internet and I couldn’t believe they were coming to Belfast. My boyfriend and I went to see what it would be like because you never really know what to expect when you go to see a heavy metal band that is all about Ned Flanders. But they were actually really good and I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say I am their biggest fan by any means, but they do put on a good show.

November was mostly spent working hard at university, I didn’t have any drag queen shows to go to that month and so things were definitely a lot less busy than they had been the previous month. However, I did take some time out in November to play some Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee.

And finally, December was a pretty chill month. I started it off by going to Christmas Queens, which was the first drag queen show I ever went to by myself. It’s so weird to think that was a year ago, especially when I’ve been to plenty of shows this past year by myself now. I’m really glad I decided to start going on my own though, because it’s true what they say, if you wait around for other people to do things with you, then you’ll probably never do them.

Aside from that, I spent the first half of December working hard to finish the university semester on a high. And then have been spending Christmas break having a long and much-needed break.

Which brings us to now! The end of the year. Well actually, into the new year as I’m writing this. Overall 2018 was a very busy year, whether that’s because I was keeping myself busy or because I’ve had obligations. But it’s been a great year, I’ve said this many times already but I think my main plans for this new year are to continue to work to get my degree, enjoy Animal Crossing when it comes out and we will see where we go from there.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year is a good one for everyone!

~ Courtney x

New Year, Same Goals

Last year I made a YouTube video talking about my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions and they did not go very well. I only had four, I wanted to do things that were manageable and I knew that I could do. Yet I still didn’t come through with them.
I think it was because I wasn’t serious about them. I mean everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions. And most of the time people don’t really mean them. I did have good intentions but that went downhill pretty quick. I think it was mainly just because I forgot. I did write them down on a sticky note and I still have it on my desk but it’s not something I would look at often.
So I have decided to try again and hopefully this time things will be better. I don’t know why, but for some reason, this year feels very different. I feel more positive about things and setting goals. I guess I never really embraced the whole new year, new start thing because nothing ever changed. I think it had something to do with the last blog post I made. Seeing all the things that happened last year when I wasn’t even planning was amazing, so I guess I thought if I set some goals that things would be even better.
Anyway, these are not big goals, just small things that I think would help make me feel better and more productive. Things I know I can do if I actually put the effort in, better to start small I think. So here we go:

Blog More
I always neglect blogging. I just don’t make time for it. But when I do it, I love it. I don’t really have a focal point for my blog but I do plan to find something to write about! I think what discouraged me from blogging is a lot of the things I blog about can also be covered in my YouTube channel. I just need to find a way to split the content and how to cover it. Sometimes writing a long blog post is a lot better than an hour long video. So I guess I have to figure out the balance. But I do look forward to putting more out on my blog!
Of course, what comes with that is me again wanting a new blog or something. I would love a really pretty designed website to have my blog and other things on it, but every time I try to design one it doesn’t end well.
I used to always want to make my own website from scratch with HTML but now that I am older and actually have some experience with code, I know it’s not something that will magically just happen. It will take a lot of time and I would have to learn a lot about web design. So I think that might be something to aim towards in the future, but for right now I will stick with my blogspot blog.

Vlog More
Last year, my YouTube channel was all about Pretty Little Liars. I can’t even deny that. Which isn’t a bad thing I mean I loved Pretty Little Liars, but looking back I do wish I had vlogged more. So this year I am focusing more on follow-me-around vlogs and things less to do with TV shows. Or at least I would like to try.
I also want to post more videos in general – last year I tried to post at least once a week and I feel like I succeeded for the most part but I want to try and post more often if I can. What I will make videos about I don’t know. But there will probably be some TV show videos thrown in with other things.
And of course there is my Sims YouTube channel. I really want to finish my Sims 2 Let’s Play and also continue making videos for there too. So it’s going to be a busy year in terms of social media for me. 😛

Read More
I have so many books that I bought that I still haven’t read. And last year I wanted to get back to reading because for a while I was doing really well. That might have been to do with the fact that every YouTuber was coming out with a book at the time but it was good for me.
I want to be excited to read again. I used to finish a YouTuber book and be on the next one in no time. But last year I barely picked up a book.
So to help with this goal I decided to use GoodReads. I signed up for an account a few years ago because I wanted to win a giveaway (I didn’t win) but I got a notification the other day saying one of my Facebook friends was now using it so I decided to take a look again.
And it has a built-in feature for you to set a reading goal and keep track of your reading too. It’s the kind of thing I would be really into because I love to document things. So I have set myself the goal to read 12 books this year. Which I know, isn’t a lot. It’s one a month, but I feel like if I can do that and exceed it, I will feel super accomplished. Plus, it’ll be something else other than TV shows to talk about.

Save Money
Something I failed at terribly last year. Honestly, I don’t like to talk about how I spent money last year. It was not good. I mean, I guess everyone goes crazy when they start their first paid job but I feel like I went above and beyond.
So this year I am going to start saving. I still believe in living in the moment and spending money, don’t get me wrong, but if I can put even a little bit of money away at the end of each month I will feel proud of myself.
I have even set myself up with a different bank account to put the money in and so I will definitely not get to spend it. If I don’t see it, it’s not there. So hopefully this will be the better way to save. And it’ll mean when I finish work placement and stop getting a monthly wage that I won’t be super poor.

Learn To Drive
Finally, this is something I want to do, and not just because my boyfriend has been nagging me to do it. It would be great to be able to drive rather than take public transport. I mean I know public transport is better for the environment and cheaper but from being a student, travelling at weekends and moving house, all without a car…it can be a struggle.
Sometimes it would be handy to have a car and be able to drive, mainly so I didn’t have to lug half my belongings on the train every weekend and also so I could repay my boyfriend for driving us around for 2 years.
It’ll be scary but I feel like it’s something I should do. And then I don’t have to be waiting on public transport all the time.

Clear Out My Room
This is a recent thing that I really need to do. The past couple of years I have been living away from home and so I’ve just let junk pile up in my room at home. My uni room is nice and clean and uncluttered, but when I come home I feel like I just have too much stuff. And most things in my room I don’t use or need thrown away.
Plus it would be nice to come home at the weekend and not feel suffocated in my room because of all my stuff. I admit I can be a hoarder, I definitely keep onto things I don’t need but I think it’s time to start letting go of some things…
Plus it will make it easier for me to move out in the future/move back home after graduation.

I think these are all the goals I have for 2018. I probably have more but these are the main ones I know I can stick to. So let’s go with that. I’m hopeful that I will be able to accomplish these things. I mean even if I don’t completely succeed at least I will have accomplished some things. Or have tried to.
I know this year will be a busy one for me with uni and everything but I also want to keep doing things I enjoy. So here’s hoping this year is a fun and productive one! I really don’t know where all of this optimism is coming from. Not that I will complain. I will just use it while it lasts.
I hope if you have set yourself goals in 2018 that you will also achieve them. And if you haven’t set any goals that’s okay too. I have seen a lot of posts online that say you don’t need to wait around for a new year to change your life/begin striving for your goals and they are right. You just gotta decide it’s time.
Anyway, I’m going to go now. I seem to always end up getting really inspirational towards the end of my blog posts haha. That’s another thing I know I need to work on, ending my blog posts. It’s not something I’m good at, but maybe if I blog more I will figure it out.
So I hope you enjoyed reading, and I’ll be back (hopefully) soon with my next blog post!
~ Courtney x