Wow guys, just wow. As I sit here writing this on the day after the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, its dawned on me just how fast this year has flown by. At the very start of 2017, I was really struggling with anxiety and depression and when I was finally diagnosed with both of those, that really helped others to understand that what I do have to experience on a daily basis is incredibly serious and my moods change often. But less of that and more onto the achievements and pure awesomeness that I have experienced so let’s start!
I was very nervous to return back into full-time education. I had done that twice and failed on both occasions, dropping out and not knowing what to do next. However, getting back into College was a very big step to take. As a nineteen year old and seeing all of your friends going off to University or travelling the world made me feel rather lonely and that’s not how I wanted to vision the rest of my life to be. I’ve met new people on my course and we all have the same goal which is to get into University and do our dream courses. I already have four offers for Creative Writing which is just mind-blowing. Definitely know that my heart lies in books and creating new tales for others to read and experience is the calling in life I felt. After I was called childish for wanting to pursue this, it’s actually close to becoming a reality.
I gave back to the local community for five months this year by offering my help at one of the local charity stores near my area. Through doing this, I learnt such a lot in just a short amount of time (learning how to operate the till, money sorting, book sorting, pricing, general admin). I left just before my course started but I was able to get out of the house, meet new people and have something to put on your record to show other places in the future. If you are looking for a real-life experience, then you should consider becoming a volunteer.
My 19th Birthday
I turned nineteen this year which means the last year of the ‘teens’ is currently in full swing. It does feel nice getting older and having a sense of freedom such as being able to go to more events and staying out longer (even though I prefer to stay close to home). I may not look the part but one thing’s for sure, others have started to take me a lot seriously now that I’m into adulthood which is refreshing to witness.
Social Media Achievements
I reached 1,000 followers on my Twitter!: https://twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3
I reached 3,000 followers on my Goodreads!: https://t.co/NDQAaBQMYx
I reached 1,000 followers on my Instagram!: https://www.instagram.com/alicetiedthebookishknot/
I reached 200 subscribers here on this blog! The perfect early New Year’s present so thank you all ❤
The Book Community
Back earlier in the year, I discovered The YA Room on Twitter which is a book group based in Melbourne, Australia and joined in the monthly chats despite the massive time zone difference and met the lovely people including Sarah and Alex who I can say are friends for life ❤ and also through Nanowrimo and other chats on Twitter, I’ve met so many people that love to read or write (or both those things!) and I’ve learnt so much about the publishing and writing worlds. I can say for sure that I know which events I would love to visit one day and meeting up with online friends face to face!
After seven previous attempts across both Camp Nano and the main event in November, I finally won on attempt number eight! I didn’t finish my novel but I discovered so many methods to actually writing and getting the storyline out on paper. It was at times tiring but overall, an amazing experience and one which definitely increased my love for studying creative writing at University.
Falling in Love… Again
In the past on this blog, I have mentioned a few boyfriends I’ve had but after realising that I really needed to find the person who truly understood me for who I am and also wanting to get in on the book action, I met on Snapchat a guy called George who I actually used to go to the same High School with however, we never really spoke to one another until the middle of Spring this year. We’ve been going four months strong as a couple and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so happy 😀
Add his Book Twitter readers! He will follow back if you ask him: https://twitter.com/G_BuriedInBooks
That’s all for this wrap-up post, thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me this year and see you in the next one!