Saturday, 31 December 2011

Goodbye 2011

Well 2011, I’m not going to pretend I am sad to see you go. The year started with so much promise but that being said, you weren’t as bad as 2010 and I am grateful for that.

At the start of the year I made four new years resolutions.

1. Get a job
2. Move out of home
3. Finally sort out my skin
4. Get 100 followers on my blog

I’m not happy to say that I haven’t done very well at achieving these. I and many others graduated in the middle of this recession, meaning there are hardly any jobs and those that are available need people or are given to people who already know what they are doing. If only someone gave me money for every time I was told…. ‘you don’t have enough experience!'

As the year has gone on the situation has slowly eaten away at my confidence. Some of you may know from twitter that I did get a job back in May — so I have been working for most of the year — but it was a short term contract and my employers aren’t in a position to extend it, so shortly after the new year I will be unemployed again. Getting a permanent job would have meant I would have money to move out of home, so that never happened either.

The final two points I did do better at. With a combination changing the type of skin products I use and generally understanding my skin type better, I have fewer breakouts (most of the time) and these are less damaging. I found some pictures of myself from two years ago and will do a separate post about my skin just to show you the difference.

My blog has been the biggest success and source of positivity for me over the last year. There have been some negatives — enough to make me want to quit — but I have the greatest followers and I love blogging so much, it has just become a part of what I do. It is almost a year to the day since I began and I am so glad that I reached my goal. I have felt so encouraged by those who comment on my posts and have been so nice to me on Twitter, so a big thank you to you all! I am excited to see what the next year will bring, and to continue learning and improving.

I am looking forward to 2012 and hope it will finally be the year I can start my career properly, become completely independent and maybe even look to settling down somewhere. In terms of resolutions, my main one is to take care of my health, the stress and anxiety in the last year has taken its toll on me mentally, emotionally and manifested itself physically. I believe that as long as my health is ok, everything else should fall into place.

I wish you all a happy, prosperous and healthy 2012.

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