It has been a trialling year to say the least, and I’m thankful that it’s now coming to an end. My time where writing was my sole focus came to an end, with its demands creating a wall between writing for a grade and writing for joy. As much it was amazing to see what I could produce, at the same time I felt that I lost the joy to write- hence the sheer lack of posts on this blog.
I also began a career in education, choosing to learn more on hand skills at the bottom of the ladder over a PGCE. Currently this has been more beneficial to my understanding of young children, ensuring that my confidence in the field grows before I consider a teaching course.
To put 2018 into a list, I:
- Had my writing published by my university’s sports blog
- Completed my final taekwondo competition as a student
- Survived emergency surgery
- Self published a book of my work
- Wrote a dissertation
- Became a creative writing graduate
- Began working in early years- a long standing goal of mine
- Moved out
- Visited an osteopath for the first time
- Developed a new health problem
- Decided to rethink my approach to exercise
Learning as a way of growth…
I’m thankful for the experiences I’ve had throughout the year, both the good and the bad. It has taught me that I’m stronger than I think, and to believe in myself more as I grow.
It’s only now that I’m no longer formally studying that I’m now acknowledging myself as an adult, so it will be interesting to see what new skills I can develop, as well as building on the experiences I’ve already gained thus far.
For 2019, my goals are:
- Begin/ gain a qualification in early years, whether as an educator or as a teacher
- Learn more about different types of education, and see which is best suited to my career goals
- Exercise in a way that is complimentary to my body’s needs
- Improve my overall health
- Take time to rest
- Take each day as it comes
Here’s to a productive yet manageable 2019!