So 2016 is almost over and it is time to review my New Year’s Resolutions and see what I have achieved and whether I have succeeded since 2015.
2016 New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Save for New York Trip
Success! I managed this! I saved up enough to spend on not only myself but my friends and family. I never had to worry about seeing things and I came home with a lot of products and gifts I aimed to get whilst out there! I even came home with some money left over so I was comfortable in my savings!
2. Begin to save for moving out
Yes, and no. Yes, I have started to save out but I haven’t yet moved out. I’ve not quite saved enough yet but I aim to start the process in the New Year.
3. Pass University with a high 2:1 degree
I got a First Class degree! I finished University in May and graduated in September with first class honours in History and Creative Writing. Very exciting and my high point of the year!
4. Read 60 Books
As of today I have read 64 books this year which is ten more than last year. As such I aim to read ten more next year!
5. Say Yes more than No
Nope. This is a running resolution and I think I failed massively this year. The biggest example being a guy, a really cute guy, turned his car around when he saw me walking down the street, to ask me out. And I said no. Biggest regret of the year.
6. Find a Job after University
Yes. I found a job two months after leaving University at a Publishing Recruitment Company. So I am in publishing but I’m in HR, although I handle Social Media and Administration so I’m a bit all over. But I’m loving it and I love the guys and girls I work with too! Which is a big plus!
7. Submit more writing to publications/competitions
I have submitted some more writing to various publications and competitions. I was published in the Linnet’s Wing in October and my novel was considered by several literary agencies in the Spring, with some great feedback. And as of this month I am in the process of getting my novel published with the crowd-funding publisher Unbound – more on this in the New Year!
8. Pass Driving Test
I passed my Driving test first go, with one minor, in February 2016. I haven’t driven since. Typical really.
All in all this is has been a good year – for me – I think next year I’d like to improve it socially and personally rather than academically and career-wise but I think this may be the year to do this.
I will reveal my New Year’s Resolutions in the New Year but for now. Happy 2016.
Love Ellie x