21 Before 21: How I Got On
Hello world, I’m officially twenny wannn! Okay, so I turned 21 almost a month ago (big up you November babies), but apparently, I am not only “twenny wannn” but also a serial procrastinator. Or a busy bee. You decide. I am now home from university for the holidays and I am finally finding time to chillax and think about this ol’ blog again. For today’s blog post I will be looking back and reflecting on a post I wrote this time last year entitled 21 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 21. If you haven’t read that post already, go and do so, and then pop back here. Now let me tell you how I got on…
1. TRAVEL TO AT LEAST FIVE NEW PLACES – SUCCEEDED!
This year I travelled to Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Austria, Scotland and Madeira, which are all places I’ve never visited before. Nailed it. I’ve technically visited Scotland before as a kid but I was so young that I can’t remember it so it was basically my first time there. It counts guys, I swear it counts…
2. DO AT LEAST ONE INTERNSHIP – SUCCEEDED!
Whilst I didn’t work or intern at all during my involuntary gap yah (it took me until about June to properly start to feel happy, confident and motivated but even then I was still incredibly fragile), I have since been interning at an amazing independent, ethical fashion store in Exeter called Sancho’s. My job as a marketing assistant covers all sorts from photography, writing blogs and email marketing to PR and social media. It’s safe to say I am loving it. And I want to spend all my money on their beautiful clothes and jewellery. Oops!
3. LAUNCH AND GROW MY GLAMPING WEBSITE, THE GLAMPING GUIDE – FAILED!
Here is probably my biggest failed resolution, it just didn’t happen at all. At least I went glamping a couple of times this year to kind of makeup for it! Maybe I’ll try to launch the website in 2018… Only time will tell…
4. ATTEND TRAVERSE 17 – SUCCEEDED!
YES! I went to Traverse 17 and as always, it was incredible. I spent my time travelling around London, going to talks, networking with brands and bloggers, attending parties, and drinking far too much complimentary alcohol. It was so good that I’ve already got tickets for #Traverse18 in Rotterdam next May – I can’t wait!
5. GO ON ANOTHER PRESS TRIP – SUCCEEDED!
Over the course of the year, I have worked with some incredible companies from local glamping sites and quirky hotels to tourism boards and of course, Choice Hotels. In September I was appointed as a Choice Hotels Travel Ambassador and I’ve been having a great time creating content around my local area. I just got back from an incredible two night press trip to Munich, where Gaz and I had lots of fun exploring their Christmas markets!
6. EXERCISE – SUCCEEDED/FAILED!
I couldn’t really decide whether to call this point a success or a fail. I didn’t become a gym bunny (surprise, surprise) but I have started to incorporate daily workout routines into my life and after purchasing a FitBit in August, I have been getting in (at least) 10,000 steps each day. I have been eating far more healthily and far less than I used to too which leads me on to what I am about to say now…
Real talk for a second. I need to get this out of me because it is only something I have properly discussed with my mum and boyfriend. I was always the skinny girl growing up, the envy of all my friends. “Why can’t I have such a fast metabolism like you?”, they’d say. However, over the last four years I have slowly started to put on weight. A hell of a lot of it. By the beginning of 2017, I had put on about four stone in total due to a number of reasons, including (but not limited to), my metabolism slowing down as I got older, my underactive thyroid, hormonal birth control, the infamous Freshers 15, and most recently in the past year, binge eating my feelings.
At the beginning of this year, I could hardly look in the mirror without feeling repulsed at what I saw. I felt entirely disconnected with what I was looking at. I still thought of myself as the petite fifteen year old girl I was. Whenever anyone would take a photo of me I’d bawl my eyes out. But over the last six months, I have managed to lose almost two and a half stone and I am finally beginning to feel comfortable and confident in my own skin again. Losing this weight is probably my proudest achievement of the year, and it has really helped me regain my confidence going back to university and work.
7. GROW MY SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS TO 5000 – FAILED!
Yeah, let’s be honest, that didn’t happen did it… Major fail on my part. Not one of my social media channels hit 5000 followers this year but at the end of the day, who really gives a shit.
8. TREAT MY PARENTS – SUCCEEDED/FAILED!
Again, I’m not sure whether this one counts as a success or a fail. I didn’t treat both of my parents but I did treat my mum to a glamping holiday in Scotland through my blog. She absolutely loved glamping and it was so nice to get away from the world with her for a couple of days. Can’t say I did quite the same for my dad but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you just as much…
9. GET OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE – FAILED!
So this didn’t really happen… The most adventurous thing I did this year was going to Go Ape, which didn’t exactly get me out of my comfort zone since I’ve done it several times before and it is pretty tame. However, I have got some pretty exciting plans for 2018. One of them links to point #15 (so you can read about that later) and the second is that my mum and I are planning on doing a charity skydive for Bristol Children’s Hospital next year. Eeek! Whilst nothing is confirmed yet, we are very excited for both the skydive and to support a cause very close to our hearts. (My boyfriend’s mum is probably reading this paragraph right now and having a heart attack. Sorry Shaz.)
10. MOVE HOUSE – SUCCEEDED!
One thing I can successfully say we DID do is to move house. Whilst we only moved ten minutes down the road it was a huge step forward in regard to coming to terms with our future as a family, moving onward from the tragedy of last year. Plus, the house is so perfect and more modern than we are used to – we just adore it! This is essentially my parents’ home for the rest of their lives now, and it’s exciting to think of all the happy memories that will be made here going forward.
11. COMPLETE MY OUTSTANDING ASSIGNMENTS AND KEEP UP READING – SUCCEEDED!
Okay, so my plans regarding university completely changed this year. After losing my sister, Caitlin, last year I decided to drop out of university for the year because I was in too bad a place to keep going. I was originally planning on going back to university in January 2018 and completing my outstanding assignments before then, but after lots of complications, the university and I decided it was best for me to go back and restart second year from scratch in September this year.
I had a really good first term back at university and I submitted my summative assignments a couple of weeks ago. I really struggled to get back into the swing of academic writing so here’s hoping I did well. That’d be a bloody great Christmas present.
12. CREATE MORE VIDEOS – FAILED!
Ugh, Lucy, come on girl! Even after purchasing a drone (which I still love and have used lots), I have not created anymore YouTube videos. I’m very disappointed to say that after travelling to Thailand a year and a half ago I still haven’t finished making my video of the trip. (I’ll blame my shitty laptop for that one.) I also haven’t had a chance to create a video of our trip to Madeira in July. I have no excuses for this other than I am a busy person and genuinely couldn’t find the time.
13. ATTEND WTM LONDON 2017 – FAILED!
Uni got in the way, I’m afraid. As aforementioned, at the time of writing this post I thought I would be going back to university in January 2018. Given that World Travel Market is held midweek in November in London, there was no chance of me attending.
14. DO SOME ONLINE COURSES – FAILED!
15. VISIT NORTH WALES – FAILED!
Another fail! Guess I’ll have to visit North Wales in 2018. It’s a sacrifice I am willing to take. Two of my lovely cousins and the eldest’s wife bought me a Buy A Gift voucher for my 21st which I was super excited about! After flicking through the gift guide that comes in the box, I knew straight away that Zip World was what I wanted to do. Zip World is home to Europe’s longest and the world’s fastest zipline, Europe’s highest swing, an Alpine Coaster, and the famous Bounce Below. Whilst I haven’t booked it yet, I think a trip to North Wales is on the cards next year, either with just Gaz or my parents as well.
17. ATTEND TBEX 2017 – FAILED!
Read point 13.
18. CLIMB A HILL/MOUNTAIN AT SUNRISE – FAILED!
I think I’ll just have to accept the fact that me getting up before 7am will probably never happen until I graduate and enter the working world. For now, I’ll just sleep in until God knows what hour and make the most of being a student. I just checked my FitBit and I haven’t gone to sleep before 12am in months and that’s pretty freakin’ bad.
19. START FREELANCING – FAILED!
Nope. Didn’t happen.
20. GO TO AT LEAST TWO GIGS – SUCCEEDED!
This year I not only went to Truck Festival in July, where I saw a whole host of incredible bands including The Libertines, The Vaccines, The Wombats, Franz Ferdinand, Slaves, Sundara Karma and Maximo Park, but I also saw The Pigeon Detectives, Declan McKenna and Liam Gallagher live.
21. TAKE A SOLO TRIP SOMEWHERE – FAILED!
I’m afraid I haven’t been Ridin’ Solo at all this year (soz Jason Derulo). I would have travelled alone had I no other opportunity to travel otherwise, but when you’ve got a pretty amazing travel buddy and life partner who makes everything a hundred times more fun why would I travel alone? I also got to travel with the lovely Jess and my parents this year! Despite me saying this, I still want to travel solo sometime in the next few years.
So what were some of your goals for this year? Did you achieve them or did you fail at your New Year’s Resolutions by January 2nd? Let me know in the comments below!
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