Friday, 28 December 2018

My 2018


I can't believe one more year has already gone! And what a year it has been. I think I can say without a doubt that 2018 has been my best year yet. I struggled a lot in 2017 and I think it was probably the worst year I've ever had which only made me more determined that 2018 would be different. I've been given some great opportunities this year which has made a huge difference but I do believe that a lot of it comes down mindset and hard work. I worked very hard not just this year but also in the last few years and I've been so happy to see it finally starting to pay off.


The year started out with me leaving my mind numbing job in retail and focusing full time on my Creative Writing Diploma at Oxford University. I was very fortunate to be in the position financially to do this and I know not everyone will be able to do the same so I definitely didn't want to take it for granted. I worked extremely hard on all my assignments and was amazed to see my grades jump almost 10% from the year before. I couldn't have been more pleased when this summer I was given 68% in my final year project and a 2:1 overall grade for my diploma.


Shortly after finishing university I finally managed to get a job in a school library. School librarian positions are quite competitive here in Oxford and I had been applying for almost two years, often getting an interview but not the position due to less experience than other candidates. If you didn't know already I am a huge book lover and dreamed of being able to share that love of reading with others. I also wanted a job I could really pour myself into whilst having school holidays off to work on my writing. In June I began my position as school library assistant at an all girls school in Oxfordshire. It is such a dream job and I really love my work. I teach creative writing club, create inspiring displays to encourage reading and get to help girls pick books that will help to inspire and inform their thoughts as they grow. I also have 17 weeks off a year to work on my writing projects which is totally invaluable.


2018 was also the year that my dream of creating a Christian women's magazine really started to come to fruition. This has been a dream of mine for over four years with the concept developing and changing as I grew. I am so pleased with what we have created this year and I can't wait to show you all on March 8th 2019 when we launch. You can follow our progress over on instagram.


I feel like this year has also been a great year for my blog as I focused more on sustainable and ethical fashion and living rather than general lifestyle. It has lead to some really exciting opportunities including a chance to speak at an ethical shopping event run by Anti-Slavery Initiative Oxford and share my passion for changing the world one purchase at a time.


Writing wise I have started writing my first non-fiction book and I am currently 25,000 words. I have also published many articles on sustainability with We Are Tearfund in 2018 and have loved getting to work with them more. It has also pushed me to try new ways to be sustainable including creating a zero-waste beauty regime, buying nearly every item of clothing from a sustainable and ethical source, supporting the Fairtrade initiatives more and trying to buy local whenever it's possible.


I have also spent 2018 being the proudest wife ever watching my husband go from strength to strength in his new job. I am amazed by all he has achieved and without going too soppy this year has been the most beautiful year of marriage. I feel like we've really clicked into rhythm and it feels very much like the best kind of partnership.


Of course there has been bad as well as good in 2018. I have now been diagnosed with three chronic illnesses and regularly struggle with pain, insomnia and exhaustion. It's been tough but I pushed myself to keep going and am so proud of all I've achieved despite these difficulties. Being chronically ill encouraged me to change my diet and begin to exercise regularly. I now do a workout 3-5 times a week, I regularly practise yoga and I am starting to eat a mostly whole foods plant based diet. I still have a long way to go until I get to where I would like to be health and fitness wise but I am pleased with my progress and the habits I've managed to make this year.


Overall this really has been a cracker of a year. I can't believe how far I've come in just 12 months. I am so proud of myself and grateful to all the people who got me here. I'm especially grateful to my amazing husband for all his support, I really couldn't do this without him. I can't wait to see what 2019 has in store!
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  1. Despite having a few downs, your year sounds amazing!

    I really want to focus on myself in 2019 so fingers crossed I have as good a year as you!

    xoxo
    Jess
    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

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