News Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are often filled with questions: what have I achieved in the past year? What did I like? What didn’t I like? What do I want to do in the new year? Will I even try to change?

Having read many gratitude and personal posts on my social media feeds, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s important to be grateful. For me, most of 2016 felt long and arduous, but things really started looking up in October of that year, and my good times continued throughout 2017. I travelled a lot, spent the first few days of 2017 in Mumbai with my grandfather, had a blast with my university family, went to Malta with friends and Croatia with family, graduated, started my first full time job, learned a lot about myself and other people, the list goes on.

There were bad times too. I did struggle with my degree and my life choices a lot, I had low days and days of self-doubt. But my good days far outnumbered my bad days and all in all, this has been a good year for me.

That being said, there’s always room for improvement. I certainly have a huge list of resolutions: improve how I use Microsoft Excel (I’ve become a boring adult), eat healthy food

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, have a regular sleep pattern, exercise more, look after my skin, have better time management, and so on. I bought a huge planner for 2018, and I plan to use that planner for the entire year, hopefully!

On a different note: I’ve unfortunately known many people around me who have experienced loss. It’s very easy to say that death is a part of life when you don’t experience loss yourself. Seeing someone you love in pain, and eventually leave you, is one of the most heart-wrenching things one can ever experience. It’s beyond sad, but it’s also one of things about life that astonishes me; I always wonder how human beings can go on. How do we keep moving forward? We just do.

It’s important to be kind. To yourself and others around you. Everyone is going through something, and everyone needs love, attention and space. In 2017 I’ve learned how much I love having time to myself, and equally how much I love being around people. It’s important to be kind to yourself when you’ve achieved something, and equally when you haven’t stuck to a resolution. Make time for yourself and for your family and friends this year. Happy 2018!

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