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post Dec 29 2017, 12:52 AM
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Most of you will probably write at length here but I'm just gonna keep it fairly short cos that's exactly what this year has felt like, sitting here now. Short. Where did the time go? 2017 is nearly over but what was the year like for you? Highlights? Lowlights? Traffic lights? You know the drill...

It was a mixed bag for me in the following ways. Some generally positive things happened this year in my own life (at some points it sorta felt like too much at once haha!) but inwardly it was often very messy indeed even despite that. I did things I've been wanting to do for ages (shout-outs to solo holidaying, relationship, job, new course, moving out) and I'm proud of myself for those things, but what goes on in my ~feels~ is often a different story altogether. Anyway, I'll try to focus my mind on the things that turned out to be positive, instead of ruminating on the grime.

You know what, I'm already tired of reflecting. Bring on 2018 tbh. heart.gif
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post Dec 29 2017, 02:46 AM
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2017 has been ultimately uneventful and generally messy for me. I started off the year in a relationship that in hindsight should never have happened, it took a rather quick and sharp turn south oops. don't ask me wtf I was doing between February and like July because I have no f***ing idea except from going to a few gigs which is always good :') Nah looking back Feb through to like April was the best kinda section of the year, I was genuinely happy and content with my life at that point I think, i was feeling good about myself, I had gotten a lot closer to a few people, spending a lot more time socialising, going out, went to some gigs (I'm having to look back at my Instagram to see what I specifically did when bc its actually a bit of a blur). Saw State Champs on the 14th of March, that was one of my all time favourite gigs actually and then saw All Time Low on the 29th of March which has been a sort of annual tradition with my best friends as they've came to glasgow the past three years. That was also kind of a big night for me personally as it was also when I came out to my friends, I'd been working myself up to it for months at that point but its honestly one of the best things I've done in 2017 as I'm really close to them now and i feel like there's nothing i cant go to them about :') April i saw You Me At Six supported by Tonight Alive and also Girli with Lew! That was probably one of my fave nights out ever, it was sooooo much fun, idk i just felt so comfortable and care free (and very drunk) kink.gif, May was probs when things started to slip for me personally and it was also degree show month which was hellish but once it came together i actually felt really proud of my lil collection of scribbles and it was so nice to see work of mine displayed all professionally and have randomers show an interest in it and ask questions on opening night of the exhibition. Saw Paramore in June!! July was just??? Then August was pretty good in that i went to Florida, turned 21 then the squad came up from England for a bit *.* Then September came and all hell resumed when I went back to uni things just kept getting shit but thank god I got to go down to Soton and spend some time with Lotti, see Lorde with her, hang out with Ben tho bc by god I needed that then but still, here i am I guess, feeling like a shell of a human just trying to fill my months up with things to distract from the shit rn mellow.gif laugh.gif

I'm SO ready for 2018 now though, I'm gonna do all I can to make sure its a bloody good year because I need one of those!!

Actually, doing this whole reflection thing and realising how much of a positive impact being more open about myself to my friends has kinda fuelled me to make sure i do that with my uni friends sooner rather than later. Not my family tho, they'd be lucky if i tell them my favourite colour rn.
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post Dec 29 2017, 07:28 AM
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2017 has been a bit of a strange year for me.

I'll start off with the highs. I turned 30 and celebrated my birthday over two months by going to Disneyland in April and Edinburgh in June, with days out, meals with family etc in the middle. Disneyland was incredible, so tiring, but probably one of the best experiences I've ever had.
I also got my carpal tunnel sorted in my right hand. I had an operation in September and was off work until early November. I really needed that rest, after four years on night shifts it was the longest I have lived during the daytime since starting those shifts. My left hand is also bad, so hoping to get that fixed next year (hopefully in the summer because I don't have many holidays from work at that time of year laugh.gif )

And the lows have been killing me. To see family members go through shit and not be able to do anything about it to help them is one of the worst feelings. I don't drive, nor do I live near my family. To use public transport to get back home would take up half a day, and because I work full time, it was difficult to be there for those who needed me. To see someone you love go through cancer scares not once, but twice in one year, and to be forced out of a job they love is something I hope no one ever has to experience.

This year has taught me a few things though. Its ok to take a 'day off' and stay in bed all day and not doing anything. If someone makes you uncomfortable its ok to walk away from that situation, or completely ignore them. Who cares if you seem rude, I can't be bothered with stupid arguments that mean nothing, I'm not at high school anymore so I will not deal with childish arguments, I will walk away and not let them bother me.
Its also ok to be on your own. I don't have any friends where I live now, and even back home in Stoke, I only really have family. So if I want to go out shopping in Manchester, go the cinema or go for a walk etc, I don't need to rely on anyone else to come with me, its ok to go these places on your own, in fact most of the time its better, as you can do and go where you like and don't have to please other people smile.gif
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post Dec 29 2017, 10:08 AM
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i've had some amazing times this year (like the summer i finished sixth form was actually amazing, so many brilliant memories and afaik i was super happy in general) but there's been a LOT of shit especially in the past 3 months. been similar to 2016 i suppose, although slightly better 'cause i ACTUALLY have a social life and a job now - miraculous.
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post Dec 29 2017, 12:15 PM
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I think this year in comparison with other years feels very limp. At the end of other years like 2014/13/12 I've felt a sense of "thank god this year is over" whereas this year I've not felt like that? Does anyone else think/feel the same? laugh.gif
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post Dec 29 2017, 03:23 PM
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2017 was a year that I will never ever forget, unfortunately for many bad reasons sad.gif

At the beginning of 2017 I was struggling with my mental health issues, anxiety, depression etc etc that lead me to take antidepressants and benzos for almost a whole year...but the worst was definitely loosing my mom to a cancer battle sad.gif...I am still recovering from it and the pain of losing her comes and goes all the time, it just feels like I will never be the same again without her sob.gif

On a good side, I got married to a lovely man and couple months later we got a lovely kitten wub.gif.

With all that being said, I am definitely looking forward to 2018...I need to change a job because the current one I am hating it, do some more traveling etc etc.
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post Dec 29 2017, 04:06 PM
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As per every year, 2017 was a mixed bag. Getting 2 promotions at work despite years of nothing was great, I had 2 pretty good holidays and lots of good nights out.

But this will always be the year one of the worst things that ever happened to me occurred. This time last year, I had no idea one of my friends would be in prison by the end of it. I didnít know that someone Iíd had good times and laughs with for four years was actually a paedophile. Iíve had nights breaking down in tears thinking about how Iíve been lied to for years and how someone I considered a friend could be capable of such criminal activity.

Iíve not been able to mention it all year. Iím starting to get over it now but itís still pretty unbelievable.
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post Dec 29 2017, 05:10 PM
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2017 was very mixed again. I went into the year with what I thought was a decent group of friends, and then I was basically told to go away around May/June time which was the first time this had ever happened with a friend group so I was fairly upset, and spent quite a few weeks in the 'library' at college in all my free time, but I did try and spend 5/10 minutes a day with another group of people I knew to try and keep social relations going. My initial plan was to try and grasp back onto my old group but by September I'd realised that there were actually people in my new group who actually enjoyed my company and so I've become part of a close group of people who all get on with each other again biggrin.gif

Other than that, the AS and mock results I got in the summer were very good which kept my spirits up, and I'm leaving the year with offers from 3 of the 5 universities I applied for already. Whilst I'm terrified of leaving home next year, I do think it'll do me good to be thrown into a group of people with no previous connections (because I wasn't exactly the most 'normal' when I was younger tongue.gif )
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post Dec 29 2017, 05:33 PM
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2017 was a bit of a non-event for me tbh I think I've become more confident as a person especially around people I don't know (although I still have the social skills of a fish who doesn't have a lot of social skills) and I think I've become closer with my group of friends, for the most part but really, nothing eventful has happened this year I've managed to get through it mostly hassle free
2018 should be a bit bigger tho as I'm doing GCSEs, moving house and going to college (where my 0 social skills should come in handy smile.gif ) I feel like this year was like a breather before next year hits me like a rock
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post Dec 29 2017, 06:13 PM
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Yeah mixed bag here too laugh.gif

Start of the year was ok, January was exams so not the greatest start but I did very well in them and celebrations afterwards were fun kink.gif Then February was my birthday which was good, we went out and lots of people came so it was fun.

After that was where it got a bit of a mess, uni work ramped up a lot and in March we had like one deadlne a week with two things due in one week and three on another, so that was stressful af. In my house we all seemed to have such a short fuse so it was not fun it basically ended up being me and my 2 best friends vs the two other guys and one in the middle who just never really rocked the boat. One of my housemates was one of those annoying af people who just gets on every nerve in your body effortlessly, and I had such a short fuse so I just avoided him, and low and behold he was one of those f***ing irritating people who is ALWAYS there, you couldn't so much as go and get a drink without him being in the kіtchen trying to b the center of attention. That meant I was just spending lots of time in my room which wasn't good for my mental health and I got a bit ostracised from others too as I'd spend days on end in my room only leaving to sneak some food or for the bathroom which as close enough to my room to just dart in without seeing anyone laugh.gif We did have some good nights out though even in that time I guess, it was the day to day that was kinda awful.

Summer was quite good, had a couple of good nights out at home as a good few birthdays of my friends at home fall then, and also a couple of Buzjack meetups! Me and Lotti spontaneously were just like damn we need a night out so I booked a train like less than a week before and spent a weekend there, Southampton still has Oceana so I had to get in on that kink.gif Also ofc Glasgow in August which was such a fun week just for loads of us to go and have a week away somewhere and a messy night out ofc, we also just had random af nights watching god knows what on Youtube, it was fun to spend that period of time with some great people old and new!

Last bit of the year was a very mixed bag, mentally I'm probably the worst I've ever been lmao but my uni house is much better now and I've started to learn to just not bother with those people at uni I cba with who I have nothing in common with who just annoy me or bring me down, and i'm feeling much better socially, uni is ramping up just now but I was eased in for the most part.

Actually looking forward to 2018, graduating and getting a job etc is scary but hopefully there can be some more good times before that, and academically I've got better modules next semester which should be interesting!
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post Dec 29 2017, 08:37 PM
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Had a decent year got a big promo in work so I'm earning enough to have a decent life and not TOO much stress although it is tough. Also got married in October which was more fun than I thought it'd be!!
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post Dec 29 2017, 09:34 PM
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Quite easily the worst year of my life.

Someone I cared very much about killed himswlf which rocked me. My Great uncle died a few months after his son (so a distant cousin) I wasn't overly close with him but had met him more in the past few years. Got my Degree but not to the level that I could have achieved. Lost a chunk of friends from college who pretty much up and abandonded me. And I have had awful trouble with my eyes. Two operations and I am now in a worse place than I was at the start of the ear. And recently my Mum has been pretty ill with no sign of improveement and docotrs scratching their heads about it. Oh and soem dipshit broke my heart but I wasn't too fussed since he was a snorer and clearly had bad taste since his ex was a right troll. With all that, it's kinda no wonder there was a real low point with some pills a few months ago.

I can't think of many positives really. It's all been overshadowed by misery. I did make up with my best friend who I had fallen out with which was a much needed boost.
I guess the Degree thing was bittersweet, I didn't do too well but I still have a BA which nobody else in my family has.
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post Dec 29 2017, 09:40 PM
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Hmm my year has been kind of boring in a way it's not been bad and it's not been good/amazing its just been meh. I guess the most challenging think has been coursework for uni but that is just is just part of the course really not much to complain about. I wish the year was a bit more exciting for me but nope laugh.gif
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The year didn't get off to a great start as I was still in hospital and still feeling pretty rough.

Moving to Brighton in the summer has generally been a good thing. The only real downside is that I miss my regular meet-ups with John (popchartfreak) now that we live 100 miles apart.

We've had two family celebrations with my parents' 60th wedding anniversary and my dad's 90th birthday. On a sadder note, last month my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Although the signs have been there for a while, it was still devastating to have the suspicions confirmed.
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post Dec 29 2017, 10:15 PM
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Another Brighton Buzzjacker!!!! laugh.gif
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It's been a generally peaceful year, with nothing massively bad happening like in 2015/16, but still not on the level of the five incredible years I had from 2007 to 2011 - they were my late teens/early twenties though, which seem so far away it's hard to compare them too much to now.

The good - the job I had most of the year, the birthday I had in Australia, seeing Eurovision live again, moving into my new home closer to London, seeing some of the best gigs I've ever seen (Pet Shop Boys Royal Albert Hall, Muse Shepherd's Bush Empire) finally visiting every country in Europe, and that one date I went on which was one more than last year.

The (kinda) bad - ending the year unemployed, broke and single, not improving the creative side of my life, not eating or drinking as healthily as I hoped, and the revelation that my great-grandfather was a massive dickhead to everyone, even though (thankfully) he died years before I was born.

2018 will somehow see me reach the age of 30, and other than trips to Portugal (Eurovision!) and Russia (World Cup!) I start it on a completely blank slate with no idea what will happen next. Hoping it's a good one!
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I think this has been a better year than 2015 and 2016 overall, though it's been quite a mixed bag overall. The best thing, undoubtedly, is completing my PGCE and finally becoming employed. I really feel like I'm doing my job really well and am getting great feedback and I really enjoy what I'm doing and am recognising skills (mainly those with people) that I never thought I had, so much more than last year and can connect more with the students and feel like I'm making a difference and am proving my worth to the world. It's opened a lot of career doors for the SEN sector and also I've been doing private English tuition so I have been able to keep up the classroom teaching and it seems to be having a positive effect going by my student's class work. It's not exactly the ideal situation I'd like to stay in for a career over two years, but for the time being, I'm very much content.

January to June was pretty much entirely spent doing my PGCE and interviewing for positions, it was more intense than last year and there were definitely some dark, stressful days, but I got through it and ended on a good note with good observations and final teaching. I had a really good trip away to Weston Super Mare cat-sitting for my aunt, it was so nice to finally get out of London for a while as I just haven't had the money. Summer was mainly a write-off, but I did really improve on my walking treks (14 miles!) and hope to keep that up and got to see my cousin for the first time in a while and the World Athletics Championships in Stratford so that was great.

Friends-wise, it's been pretty hard, I loved my coursemates and colleagues but now I've left uni presumably for good for the time being, it's getting harder and harder to keep in touch, I find that I do actually really need people in my life and it's not always good to be on your own even being the huge introvert that I am, I've been making an effort to keep in touch with my existing friends and colleagues, and it's not been too bad, though I still feel like I don't really have enough people in my life, It's something I need to keep trying next year. My existing family are still great, although there have been a few issues, mainly to do with my grandparents who are becoming very old (and my grandmother's memory is really deteriorating) and just naturally becoming a lot more hard work for my mum, but thankfully they seemed fine when we met up yesterday, just have to hope for no bad news for the foreseeable. We also got a new kіtchen after literally years of planning which looks great and more building works to come which (while that may get a bit hard to live through) should look amazing.

So all in all, I think a good year that I just need to keep building on in 2018. I have a few bigger things planned (mainly that of a summer holiday), there's been a lack of those over the years due to my own lack of monetary income, which I'm very much looking forward to with a full year of work.
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Good parts:

Getting to go to Truck Festival and seeing Tigercub, Honeyblood, Palace and Maximo Park perform live.
I also got to see Giannis Haroulis and Robert Plant perform live. The latter also had Seth Lakeman and Chrissie Hynde appear.
My 18th birthday
Getting signatures from Sarah Cracknell, James Maker and Philip Selway.
The Jesus And Mary Chain and Ride returned
Radiohead's OK Computer rerelease with the unreleased tracks and B-sides
My Summer holiday in Chios, along with a day trip in Turkey
My work experience week in an instrument museum.
Mercury Prize
Children In Need
Doctor Who Series 10
My record shopping day in Notting Hill.
Some amusing memes like Elf On The Shelf, iPhone X comparison and "If you play this song at New Year's Eve at..."



Bad parts:

The laws of net neutrality being repealed
Deaths of musicians such as Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington and Tom Petty.
Deaths of actors such as John Hurt, Adam West, Sir Roger Moore, Mary Tyler Moore and Don Rickles.
The deaths of Jonathan Demme and George A Romero.
The devastating Manchester attack.
The scandals circulating the Hollywood industry, and occasionally music. (It's great to see people speak out on traumatic parts of their backstories, but it's shocking to see that some of our favourite celebrities we're involved)
Wild Beasts split up



There might be some more I forgot






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The year for me mainly revolved around moving with my family into a bigger house, which was a looooong time coming and has made life easier on all of us, especially my younger brother who is handicapped and was most in need of the extra space. The move has forced me to keep up with cleaning and other responsibilities so I'm a couple steps closer to being a fully functioning adult laugh.gif

Work was the biggest rollercoaster yet and thankfully ended on a high note. Despite the stress it was an incredibly productive year and our departments should be staying intact next year! I'm a lot closer with my coworkers than I ever was before, which was very much needed as my position is very solitary and that was weighing me down. I've learned to get out of the office more and have lunch with the guys instead of at home alone. I've continued to meet amazing people through my job and hope that leads to good opportunities in the future.

I went on two trips over the summer and one was the absolute best ever. It was just a weekend celebration in my brother's town but wow was it a dream come true. The rest of the summer, I reconnected with a few people from school (and connected irl with a Buzzjack member which most of you already know). Despite the good experiences, I didn't get out as much as I would've liked and still struggled with a lack of close friends. I've started to say yes to things I normally wouldn't do, in hopes that trying new things will help me find better friends and be in a happier place.

All in all, not the most memorable year but I learned a lot about myself and tried to set the best foundation possible for next year.
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Overall I think it has been a good year - I left my training role at work in the autumn to take a more active role in forecasting again but before I did that I helped to organise some seminars in London in the summer (unfortunately on the day of the general election, but we had the date planned first! mad.gif ) and some summer forecasting training for the London and SE airfields which I put together. In May I went cycling with a buddy across France from the north to the south over 1 amazing week which I don't think that I'll ever forget, and raised a good amount for charity. Through work as usual I've been to many parts of the country over the year, probably my favourite was being stationed up in Northumberland providing forecasts/met data for an important military exercise. Also in the summer I went down to Newquay to see my mates band play, and spent a weekend in Wiltshire at the wonderful Chalke Valley History festival. Lots of gigs through the year, my favourite probably seeing Public Service Broadcasting finally in Norwich back in October. It was also great to spend Christmas with my brother and see my niece and spend time with them over the festive period.

I guess the hardest thing for me was being a LONELY singleton again, but moving around constantly makes it difficult to sustain a 'proper relationship' - maybe that'll change in 2018?
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