Saturday, 30 December 2017

A Look Back

It's the second last day of 2017, am I excited? Not really. Am I bored? No. Have I eaten absolutely everything around me for the past week? HELL YEAH! 2017 has been a challenging year for me, the Leaving Cert isn't all sunshine and rainbows but it isn't all that bad either. I'm nearly finished my secondary education and I'm nearly at the finishing line, I can see it. I love doing these round up posts at the end of Summer and the end of the year as I like to focus on the more positive side of the last 365 days and have something to look back to in a couple of years time to see what I did in 2017.

By far one of the highlights of my year was going to Edinburgh for 5 days in July and I enjoyed it so much. I've come to realise I'm more of a city break person than a sun holiday person. I recorded my adventures and have a video of it on my YouTube channel.

So, over the year my YouTube channel has changed a lot, I do more than just music on it and also I changed my name to match my blog. Even though I don't upload as regularly, I enjoy making the videos especially Rain which was quite an artsy piece. I unfortunately didn't upload every month but I have posted 13 videos which I am very happy with.

I've read quite a bit this year surprisingly and bet my goal of 12 books by reading 16, which is one more from last year. I read:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Foster by Claire Keegan
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Nowhere's Child by Kari Rosvall
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Fully Functioning Human Almost by Melanie Murphy
Carrie by Stephen King
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I've started The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel but I haven't finished it yet so I don't think it counts.

College Open Day Banter
One of the highlights in the second half of the year was going to two college open days, UL and UCC. I was thinking of going to UCD, but I was sick the day of the open day so, I decided against it. The definite highlight was meeting Ailbhe Woods from The Red Brunette, I already talked about this in a previous post but it made the experience more enjoyable as I had someone I knew to show me around.

Some of my New Years Goals
Apart from the few I've talked about already in this post, I only accomplished some of my New Years Goals and I don't mind as looking at them now, they weren't idealistic. I saved €500 this year, and I am so happy with that, I have put this money towards my car fund.

Speaking of cars, I failed my driving test this year. I was so nervous and everything that could go wrong went wrong. Looking back I'm glad I didn't get it, I haven't driven since due to the expense of insurance and having very little time. I hope to reapply to do my test after my Leaving Cert.

Turning 18
So, I'm now legally an adult which is pretty weird to say but it is true. I am able to vote in the next election and referendum and I will vote, I don't see the point in having the ability of voting and not using it. Apart from that, nothing has really changed, I used to think 18 was this magical coming of age where you have your life together and in reality that's a big fat nope.

Silver Gaisce
I've completed my Silver Gaisce, and I am so proud, I haven't sent away the forms yet, but I am finished done and dusted. I enjoyed everything I was doing and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip away, it was a lovely escape from school for 3 days and it was nice to see my bed by the end of it.

Blog Related
Normally I don't talk about my stats but this year has been  unusual year, my blog overall stats have been like a roller-coaster this year up and down each month to the next. It can be discouraging but I've liked the majority of content I've put up this year. What really has accelerated is my Snapchat, though I don't have that many followers I find myself snapping more and more, and I enjoy it so much as it's easier to do than YouTube. Once as I get some free time and the days aren't as dark I hope to get back into recording a couple of YouTube videos.

One of my proudest moments this year is getting the Bronze in Best Lifestyle Blog in Blog Awards Ireland. It was an absolute honour to be recognised for my work and not by the amount of views I get. I entered it originally thinking I wouldn't get even shortlisted nevermind a finalist

How's your year been?

Thanks for being awesome,


  1. Looks like yo had a really good year and achieved a lot! I read the Throne of Glass series this year too and loved it! What did you think?
    Hope your 2018 is just as good!

    Kizzi x

    1. Thanks for commenting Kizzi! I loved TOG but I still need to read Queen of Shadows so I still have another bit to go.