How My 2017 Turned Out To Be A Year Of Growth, Life Lessons And Love

I wasn’t planning on writing a New Year’s Eve post as I have big plans for some New Year content, but then I realised that instead of completely focusing on 2018, I should show some appreciation for my 2017 and all the things I achieved and lessons I learned.

I started 2017 extremely miserable, stuck in a job I hated, with friends who only wanted to see me when they were drunk/drugged up or when they needed something, my weight was at its highest and all my ambition and motivation had pretty much vanished. I honestly thought I was stuck in a rut and I had no idea how to get out of it.


The days went by and by the time I reached April, I was at an all time low with my body. Instead of comforting myself with more crisps and biscuits, I decided that enough was finally enough and I chucked out all the junk food in my house and bought some new running trainers. I then slowly but surely took up running and ran with my dog almost every day. I eventually lost over half a stone and reached a size I was happy at. I signed up for a colour run and ended up raising over £300 for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, a hospital which performed 2 major spinal surgeries on me.

Colour run

In July, I handed in my notice at my work and was brave enough to be honest with my reason for leaving (I was being treated unfairly by one of my bosses). I left that soul destroying job with my head held high and I never looked back. I was unemployed for over a month and although I didn’t have much money, I had so much time on my hands. I started this blog, built my own website for freelance writing services and got my articles published on some successful websites and blogs.

In September, after about 10 different job interviews, I got a new job as a Marketing & Sales Administrator. Starting that job was like a breath of fresh air. I had nice managers (completely different to my previous workplace) and a lot of room for progression within the company.


Throughout those months I also quit smoking, cut out the negative friends that were once the main focus of my life, became 100% comfortable in my relationship with my boyfriend which made us stronger, and spent some quality time with my family, pets and real friends.

So, what did I learn from all this?

1. To never feel pressured to stay in a situation that is making me miserable.

2. To not let what others are doing or saying affect what I want to do and achieve.

3. Good things don’t come to those who wait, they come to those who do.

4. It doesn’t matter how slow it takes me to achieve something, as long as I don’t ever give up.

I have so many goals and ideas for 2018…but that’s all for tomorrow’s blog post!

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