So, as you can tell, blogmas absolutely did not happen. I’m really disappointed because I had so many ideas and a lot of determination, I so wanted to be able to complete the challenge, but once again, adult life got in the way and I totally underestimated how much other stuff I would have to do in the run up to Christmas.
The good news is, I’m a free woman! I finally resigned from my full time job in order to pursue something that I really love. I learnt so much from being a primary school teacher and I don’t regret the experience one bit, it’s just not something I can see myself doing forever, and in 2018 I want to ‘begin the rest of my life,’ so to speak. I just don’t want to carry things over into the new year that no longer reflect my interests or that don’t inspire me.
So, naturally, my first resolution for 2018 is to put my all into writing. I want to get this blog looking all shiny and professional, buy my domain name and generally learn how to do this blogging lark properly. I want to collaborate with and get to know other bloggers and writers (as I’m always saying, but now I have time to actually interact in a meaningful way with some of you.) I also want to write articles and contribute to other websites, blogs and online magazines (and hopefully get paid for it.)
My second resolution is to do my best for the environment. I obviously can’t save the planet all by myself and I sometimes get despondent about doing the little things – always remembering canvas bags, not using disposable coffee cups etc. In 2018 I plan to take more small steps towards creating less waste, putting more effort into recycling and just being more conscious of what I am consuming and throwing away. This also encompasses eating healthier, more sustainable foods and less meat (2 resolutions in one, yay!)
Finally, in 2018 I want to keep up a resolution that I make every year (although I think this is the only year I have even kind-of stuck to it) – read more. This year I read a lot of novels, but in 2018 I want to make a particular effort to read more books by people of different races, religions, sexualities, gender identities…people who have different backgrounds, lives and points of view to my own. I want to end 2018 with more education and knowledge, and more empathy and understanding than what I have now.
This will probably be my last blog post before Christmas – it’s only 3 days away! December has truly flown by and I still have so much to do. As much as I have missed writing and posting, these days are to be spent relaxing with my family, getting over jet lag and preparing for the big day. To everyone who is reading, I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you all so much for your support over these months. My blog has grown in a way I never thought it would and I’m so grateful. I really hope you are all having a lovely Christmas season, whether you celebrate any holidays around this time or not.
Lots of love 💗