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:

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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