‘New Year, New Me!’ goes the old saying. Happy New Year by the way. On New Years day, I awoke astonishingly early for someone who stayed up until 2am watching the infamous film ‘New Years Eve’ on RTE. As I lay in bed that morning, I reflected on the year I’d had. As everyone announced year reviews online, I spent my morning silently thinking about all the great things I’d achieved in 2017, all the losses I had faced, and all the people I was lucky to meet. 2017 was one of my greatest years, and I have so many people to thank for that. These are some of my highlights.
I travelled to Amsterdam. Then I practised my culinary skills, making friends’ unique birthday cakes. I began to clean eat (which of course lasted until March). I started writing this blog, but couldn’t find the courage to expose my work. My contract was extended in work. I focused on a new plan for my final term in college.
My friends and I partied hard at many college balls. I then took part in the Student Union elections as a campaign manager. I got to embrace my social media and photographic skills during the campaigns. It was endearing watching some of the most remarkable people fight their battle during the elections. February was built on creating a campaign and voicing my opinion on the best leaders for our college.
The elections came to an end and I celebrated my best friends birthday with her. I travelled to Edinburgh. Old friends made an appearance in my life. We celebrated St. Patrick’s day, the Irish way of course. I got offered a job with the College Times.
Easter commenced. We’d three weeks off. I spent many a day in a far away building studying, in hope to get the best grades possible. More birthdays were celebrated. I went to a Connacht match and watched them smash Leinster. Of course I then celebrated.
I sat my final undergraduate exams. We booked a last minute holiday to Tenerife. I returned from my holiday at the end of May, and spent the month celebrating the start of Summer.
MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! I visited Edinburgh with my sister and Mom. I had a barbecue to celebrate my birthday.. and of course that wasn’t enough, so I had a party too. As the month ended, I started working out again.
I ventured to Dublin with my best friend. We visited Dun Laoghaire and made sure we got a taste of the infamous ‘Teddy’s’ ice-cream. I travelled to Clifden and walked Sky Road with old friends. We celebrated my little sisters eighteenth birthday.
This was my favourite month! I travelled to Italy and got to visit the sites of Pompeii and The Amalfi Coast. I returned home only to climb Diamond Hill with friends. A day later, I travelled to Belgium before college began!
I started a new job. I began a new course in college! I caught up on fun ideas I had for the blog I was still to shy to expose. I knuckled down and prepared to get the best grades possible. Galway hurling team won the All Ireland Final for the first time in 29 years!
I made beautiful acquaintances who I now call friends. I travelled to Dublin for a mediation competition, and spontaneously acted alongside well trained actors for the day! I went for tea and cakes in Ballynahinch Castle. I spent Halloween with my nearest and dearest friends, indulging a Chinese and homemade cookies.
I celebrated Christmas early with my pals, whipped out my funkiest Christmas jumper too. I spent many evenings walking through the Christmas market in Galway, dreaming of a winter wonderland (while eating a lot of overpriced crepes). I visited a pet farm and got the opportunity to play with ducks, and I even managed to save a little guinea pig as he fled into the crowd.
I sat my exams. I then celebrated Christmas with my friends. I rode a carousel at 10pm at night. Just, because. I spent Christmas with my beautiful family. I spent St Steven’s night dancing with my girls. Then one day, I sat down, and I wrote this blog, and it was one of the most exciting things I’ve done yet.
My year was filled with great excitement, love and happiness. Of course, everyone goes through pain and anguish, and I’d be lying if I said my year was perfect, because it wasn’t. I watched people I cared for pass away, I saw relationships fail and I saw some of my closest friends struggle. But with every ounce of anguish I faced, I pulled through and became the person I am today! 2018 has made me wonder, what are my ultimate goals for the new year? ‘New Year, New Me?’.. Not at all. I’ll never change, but yes this year will be an improvement of last year! I have goals I cannot wait to fulfil, places I want to travel to, and this blog is one of many things I am excited to work on! Onward and upward. I think the new year is all about whipping out the to do list and looking for new adventures to go on. If you told me a year ago I’d be writing this blog, I would’ve called you crazy. But here I am. I hope each and every one of you get to pursue your greatest goals this year. I urge you to get up and just do it! Don’t think twice. Live a little.