Happy New Year // Welcome 2018

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2018 is upon us. I'm actually quite excited about it, but mostly scared by how quickly the last few months have gone by!

Last year, I made a very similar New Years post (opens in a new window) so I thought I would do a little update and also talk about my new goals for 2018!

2017 goals...

In the previous post, I had written, "I want to be at a point where I can start gently exercising again". Although I haven't managed to keep up with additional exercise, I did have a period of a few months where I was able to attend a dance class every so often. Although I really enjoyed going back to dance, but it was really tough on me. Unfortunately I had to stop as I started a new job and it was too demanding, especially with travel added. I still go through the steps in my head and hope to get back to class one day! 
I had also written, "I want to be able to work a simple 5-6 hour shift without ending up bed bound/housebound recovering over the next two days, just to repeat it over again." I actually started a new job! Well technically its the same job but I guess you could call it a promotion? I moved to a slightly closer store, increased my hours and passed my Retail Management exam! Its still so so tough, even though I'm only working one extra day, but I've coped much better than expected. Sick days do still happen and even though I absolutely hate missing work, I have to remember that my health is more important. I don't want to be going backwards and fall into a full blown relapse. On my days off, I am still mostly housebound, and Joe does pretty much all of the housework/cooking (forever grateful ). Again, I'm hoping that in the new year, I can have less sick days and be able to actually function as a human outside of work.  I'm excited to see where this new job opportunity leads me.

Big events of 2017...

Joe and I moved back to Bristol into our own little flat! This is definitely the highlight of the year for me! I absolutely love having our own space to call home! I am extremely grateful to be in this position, as I know how difficult it is to move out in this day and age. Affordable housing is in such high demand and damn expensive, especially in a big city. We are still figuring out adult life, but it's been a blast so far! We celebrated 3 years together in October, and I've never been happier! 




I also completed a 10 week course with my doctors, about how to cope with M.E. I didn't quite understand a few aspects of the course and I missed a few sessions, but on the whole, I did find some bits useful. I think the 'lightbulb moment' of the course was that although my old way of life is gone, I should take this opportunity to mould a new life, by incorporating both old and new parts of me. Pretty deep right?! Haha!

I experienced some new and sometimes scary symptoms this year, mostly gastric or stomach related. I started new medication, changed medication a good few times and then ultimately came off all daily medication. It was a bit crazy at times, but being super sensitive to drugs means its very difficult to find something that doesn't cause side effects that are worse than the original symptoms! I'm still working on my health, as always.


One of the most important documentaries was released this year. I wrote a blog post all about Unrest and you can check it out here if you haven't already (opens in a new window).  Amazingly, the film has been shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar, and that is something I'm so extremely proud of. Unrest is a must watch for everyone.



Finally, my 2018 goals... 

Nothing is set in stone, but these are some things to work towards.

I'm going to try and get my life into more of a routine. At the moment, I feel that because I spend most of my time at work, travelling to and from work, and then recovering, I don't have the time to do the things that need to be done, or time to do the things I love. I know there is time for it, I just have to schedule and get more organised!

I also want to get back into blogging and social media more. As you may have noticed, I have been pretty absent. Now that I'm a bit more settled in my life, I feel that it's a good time to get creative again! I have a brilliant camera and definitely need to get out and about using it more!

Lastly, I'm going to try and save up money in my tattoo fund. Every time I set money aside for tattoo related things, I end up spending it on something else. I have pretty big plans regarding my body so the cost of it all feels pretty daunting but it will happen one day!


I hope 2018 brings you happiness, love and peace!







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