So 2017 is finally upon us. I hope you’re braced for some big changes in the world as we’ve probably got another bumpy year ahead. I’ve already written a 2016 in Review post, which reflects on my last year of blogging but this is a more personal post. One of my current aims is to try and be more mindful and positive. That’s why I thought I’d make a short list of some good things from 2016 and some things I’m aiming for in 2017!
So here’s my personal round up:
I survived my year abroad
I started my year abroad in July 2015 and came home at the end of May 2016. It was a long 11 months but I survived, got some great work experience under my belt and improved my French considerably (though probably not as much as it should have done…) I made some new friends and became closer to existing ones. I had more time to work on my blog so I made quite a lot of progress over the past year, which has made me really happy. I got really into Instagram, how could I not in the beautiful city of Paris?! This has turned into somewhat of an addiction that should probably be curtailed a little in the coming year 😂
I got a job offer
This was a rather unexpected one and a bit of a happy accident. I entered an essay competition, ended up winning a vacation scheme with a law firm and now have a job offer. Yes, I’m going to be a lawyer! This is a profession I always said I would never go into because it’s something my mother always wanted me to do and I wanted to be the rebel Asian. But here we are. If all goes to plan then after I graduate from Oxford, I’ll go back to London to do the law conversion course for 1.5 years and then I’ll start work!
I started my last year of university
In October I went back to Oxford for my last year of university. Having been working in Paris for a year it was quite an adjustment going back to the classroom! It’s been incredibly stressful so far and shows no sign of letting up but I guess that’s what I deserve after two exam free years.
I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge
I aimed for 20 books for pleasure this year, which may seem pretty low to some, but for me this was a great achievement. I read so many books for university that reading general literature is a little hard for my but I’ve made a conscious effort to change that this year. I ended up reading 27 books, 5 of which were for my studies but for an optional course so I still counted them.
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Some goals for 2017
Get back into fitness
During my second year of university, I got really into the gym and all things fitness. This carried on into my year abroad when I’d go pretty much every day either during my lunch break or after work. However, since returning to English in the summer, I’ve been pretty slack. I’ve probably still gone 2-3 times a week most weeks when I’m at home and not too busy but the quality of my workouts has gone down and I’m far less dedicated. This year, I’m going to get back on track 💪
Discipline beats motivation so wanting to do well isn’t enough. I’m currently trying the pomodoro technique to try and get myself to knuckle down and get stuff done but so far I’ve had mixed results. So far I’ve got 67 books on my primary reading list that will all need to be studied in depth before my finals in May/June. That’s a heck of a lot of books to know inside out and then there’s all the critical reading… 😭
As I said, after Oxford, I should be moving back to London to study law and this time I want to get off to the right start from the beginning of the course so I don’t end up in the mess I am currently in. 😂
This is linked to the point above but I think if I survive the 6 months between now and my graduation I should be pretty damn proud of myself because I don’t think it’s going to be easy. This is going to have to be the year that I get my s*** together because there’s a lot of important stuff going on!
I don’t have very many long holiday periods left before I enter the world of work so I want to maximise my holidays while I still can. After I graduate I’ll have around three months of time before I start the law conversion course, which is a decent chunk of time. At the moment I’m planning to travel around in Europe for a few weeks, come back for my graduation, then jet off to China to visit my family and then hopefully go onto some other Asian countries whilst I’m out there such as Korea or Japan. This is perhaps a little ambitious but it would be great if I could make it a reality.
What have you achieved in your personal life over the last year? Let me know some of your goals for 2017 in the comments below!
Stay tuned for my 2016 bookish round up post, coming this week!