Thursday, 7 December 2017

Blogmas Day 6 - A Reflection On 2017

If you use Facebook you know from time to time they make cute videos for you, on friendship anniversaries, the day after your birthday with all of your birthday messages. I love them and this morning I had my 2017 round-up video pop up on my timeline and it really got me thinking about what a good year 2017 has been. 
I always try and see the best in things but when I look back on the last few years all I can remember is the bad stuff. 2017 has been completely different, there have been so many more positive things happening than negative. I know it isn't the end of December yet but I know the rest of the year is going to be amazing. I thought I would share with you some of my highlights of 2017.

Dropping out of university is probably the biggest and best decision I made this year. I was so unhappy at uni and it really did have such a huge negative impact on my mental health. I was paying £9000 a year to be taught things I used to teach my own performing arts students, which was a complete waste. I was bullied a lot on my course. I always knew people could be nasty in the performing arts industry but I never thought at 20/21 I would experience full-blown bullying whilst at university and this came from people that I thought were my friends. It has taught me a lot though. If you would like to see a whole post on my uni experience let me know in the comments.

I got a job, then left it and got another job which I blooming love. After dropping out of uni, I moved back home and got a job with my dad. I quite literally became someone's puppet, if they said jump I said how high and I hated it. Working there also had a really negative impact on my mental health so I left. That's where I found the job I am at now and I am so thankful I had to go through the crap to find this or it wouldn't have worked out this way. I have made some amazing friends at the place I'm at now, friends that I hope will be around for a long time. I really enjoy what I do and don't hate the thought of going to work every day.

I made blogger friends who became my best friends. You've heard me talk about my soul sisters so many times before, but hand on heart, they have made my 2017 100 times better. They helped me through the stress of dropping out of uni even though we had only been speaking for a few weeks. They've been my shoulder to cry on when another guy has been an idiot. They've been my voice of reason when I am being a complete drama queen. I can't imagine life without them in it and I love every one of them from the bottom of my heart. 

My gorgeous niece was born. I don't think this kid will ever understand the sheer joy she has brought to all of our lives. In the last month, she has grown into such a person and not just a baby. She's got her own little character. I am loving seeing her grow and do new things. I love finding new things that make her smile and laugh, her favourite thing is monkey noises. She loves proper snuggles before she goes to sleep, which is just so precious. She has made her mummy and daddy the most amazing parents and I am so unbelievably proud of them. 

I got a main role in panto. After dropping out of uni I really thought I wouldn't get back on stage for a while so I spent some time backstage but then when I found out the parts for Aladdin I thought I'd give it a go, pick myself up and do what I love. So when I landed the role I wanted I was over the moon. I am so happy I found a society that I love, with people that are so amazing and supportive. Get ready for some more Theatre Thursday posts coming your way!

A bit of a different post for Blogmas but one that I think I will always look back on and remember what a wonderful year 2017 was.

Only 19 sleeps to go!


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