A Look Back On 2017 - Life, Friendships, Relationships, Travel and Mental Health

2 January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year's celebration and are now looking forward to a very exciting fun filled year ahead. I know I am. If you have been reading my blog for a while now or follow me on social media then you will know that I have been invisible on here since the end of October. This is purely due to not actually being at home. I've travelled to China and Germany and when I have been home I have been working none stop and because of overworking I am currently sat in bed with chocolate and all the lemsip beside me. I've also got the Greatest Showman soundtrack playing which is currently filling me with so much joy. I'm seeing the film on Thursday with one of my friends and I am extremely excited about it. Anyway, before I ramble on too much let me get back into the point of this post. I thought that today I would take a bit of time to reflect back on my 2017. It hasn't been the greatest year but it hasn't been the worst year either. I'm not sure how long this post will be as it's not planned, it's just me sitting typing whatever comes to me so grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage and enjoy.

2017 was definitely the year I felt like I actually lived my life regardless of what other people thought. I've always been the sort of person to care a little too much about what other people think of me and I always think I'm being judged no matter what I do but last year I decided to put all that behind me and live life to the fullest anyway. I met so many amazing new people, made friends I know will last a lifetime and just became a happier person. I also travelled a lot more and for me that was definitely a highlight of my 2017. I finally got a permanent full time contract at work. For those of you that don't know I work for British Airways and it felt so amazing getting the email telling me I'd be with them permanently. Working for a major airline is something that has always been my dream and even though the shift work has taken a toll on me at times it is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done and I absolutely love it. I also started my driving lessons and even though I didn't achieve my 2017 resolutions of passing my test I know that I am not that far off passing now which makes me extremely happy.

Mental Health 
2017 was the year I got diagnosed with depression and anxiety. It's not something I have ever really spoken about before as I hate feeling like I am being negative and I just hate dragging down other people's moods however it has been something I have struggled with a lot this year. I won't go into too much detail here but 2017 was definitely the year I realised who actually cares about me and who doesn't. Mental health is something I'm going to focus on a lot more in 2018. I just think that sometimes it's okay to be a little bit selfish and put yourself first. If you don't care about yourself then how can you expect anyone else to? Just something I've thought about a lot recently. I spent way to much time at work trying to escape from things that affect my mental health as work is one of the few places where I was able to escape things but physically it made me very worn out, ill and I suffered from exhaustion a couple of times too. 2018 will be the year I kick my mental health's butt. 

Friendships & Relationships 
Both of these things were very challenging for me throughout 2017. I overworked myself so much in 2017 that spending time with friends was something that by the middle of the year was something that rarely happened. Unfortunately it did cause friction with some of my friends but this was all eventually patched up and from the summer to the end of the year I spent more time with friends and met so many new people. I had a few amazing nights out with my friends from university who I don't see or speak to that often but every-time we meet up it's like nothing has ever changed and I absolutely love that. It's the same when I catch up with my best friends from school. We recently when out for dinner for the first time this year and it was like nothing had changed and I had never laughed so much in my life.

Most of you will know I support the band Collabro and I'm lucky enough to say that many of my close friends today I have met through going to their shows and at other events that they have done individually. It's crazy how much music actually brings people together. I'm sure 2018 will bring more amazing memories and more friendships and I'm just so excited to see how many more amazing people I will meet this year. 

When it comes to relationships 2017 was the year I spent the whole year single. It was something that got me down as I saw a lot of my friends and family get engaged or in serious relationships and it did get me down. However I did have a lot of bad experiences throughout the year which I won't go into too much detail about but to put it plainly and simply it really got me down and affected my mental health a lot. I have however gone into 2018 with a positive mindset and with relationships the bottom of my priority list. Who needs men when you have netflix and chocolate anyway? Whatever happens, happens. 

Travelling was definitely something that was a big part of my 2017. I visited New York in May which was somewhere that had been number one on my bucket list for so long and it did not disappoint. I was only there for four days and we saw an awful lot but I still have so much to see and do there so I think another trip will definitely be on the cards for 2018. I went to France with my family in August and celebrated my 26th birthday there. France is a place I go every year with my family and is definitely somewhere I consider my second home. We always go to a different place and we're very close to have explored the whole country. I love it there and I always consider France extremely underrated. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a European trip this year. The biggest shock of the year however, was being able to visit Shanghai in China in November. China is definitely a place I never thought I would ever visit and the fact I got to visit it literally felt like a dream. It's definitely one of the most incredible places I have ever visited. China is definitely a place I want to explore more of if not this year perhaps next year. My final trip of 2017 was to Germany. We visited the town of Osnabruck which is a place very close to my Dad's heart as it's where his Mum grew up and got married in before she moved to Scotland. We got to visit the Christmas markets and my favorite thing about this trip was the amount of snow we had. I mean, I know it snowed in the UK and where I live too but there was just something so special about it snowing on our trip away. 2018 is definitely going to be the year of a lot more adventures. I already have Berlin and Utrecht planned for April, I want to go and visit my cousin in Paris as she's now studying there. I also want to go back to Mauritius to visit my Grandma and my Dad and I are currently planning a trip to Australia in November which I am super excited about. I'm also hoping to visit places different places around Europe to so bring it on. 

2017 you haven't been a bad old year but in so many ways you could have been a lot better. You are a year that gave me a lot of happiness and a lot of fabulous memories but you also gave me a lot of sadness. I'm going into 2018 positive, happy and full of hopes and dreams that I hope will come true. Here's to an amazing year!

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