Monday, 2 January 2017

Looking Back at 2016

About the past year, I'm in two minds. In some ways, this year feels as if it's gone in a flash, yet this time last year feels as though it was ages ago. A lot has happened in 2016. Many people say this has been a bad year, one to forget. It's definitely been a tough ride at times but, for me, there's been lots of special memories from this year that will definitely stick with me forever.

Throughout the past year, a lot has happened. I'm happy with the way that my confidence has grown compared to this time last year and the way that I've stepped out of my comfort zone much more often. Many times this year, I've almost said no to doing something that I was feeling anxious over - but I did it anyway and ended up enjoying it, glad that I went. One aim for 2017 is to try and keep that up and try more things.

In the sense of friendships, 2016 has been a special one. The internet, especially this blog, has connected me to some people who, now, are some of my closest friends. Some of us started writing to each other which I love - Marti, Rosie, Lauren, Megan, looking at you! Having penpals is something that began for me early on last year and was a big part of my 2016. Letters mean so much, especially because you know that someone has taken the time to sit and write to you. When I hear the clatter of the letter box, I love knowing there's an envolope inside to open.
Loving art is a big part of who I am, and 2016 has held so much creativity. Starting in January, I joined a weekly sewing class, having never used a sewing machine before. I'm still going there, loving it, and I've learnt so much. This next year holds some exciting stuff because some of us have been entered into the YoungQuilters sewing competition which I can't wait for. From a photography perspective, I'm still far from an expert but I'm learning so much and I've improved since this time last year. I recently brought a camera which I know that I'll have fun experimenting with in the new year.
A new year indicates a new start. For me, 2017 is going to be full of changes. It's my last few months of school, my sixteenth birthday, my GCSEs, and the year where I'll be thinking about what to do next. I'm also so excited to try new things with this blog. July will mark my second year of blogging and it's now a huge part of my life!

What are you most excited for about 2017?

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