New Year’s Looming

It’s the end of December! We finally made it to the end of the year. I feel like I’m the only one who has been ready for 2015 to come to a close pretty much since it began, and feeling like it’s dragged on for ages! Just me? I know most people I talk to are still going through the annual “it was May five minutes ago” phase, but I have to say I disagree…

This year has been very much like the year that shouldn’t have happened, for me. I spent 2014 thinking so much about 2016 (the year I finish my A Levels and start university), that when 2015 came along, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I thought, considering I was faced with 12 months of the year, I would get used to it and be back on the right time; no such thing has happened!

Iceland, October 2015

I always look forward to December, because there’s obviously Christmas, but also because of all the lights, and the atmosphere, and the way everyone seems to get an extra little boost just for the end of the year. I tend to hate to think that I’ll reach the end December and think “I’ve done nothing this year”, which is part of the reason I’m quite a driven person – I have goals and I’m determined to reach them. I think, much as I’ve felt like a misfit this year, I have at least achieved some things…

Madeira, August 2015

Firstly, and possibly most obviously, there’s this blog! I’m also pretty proud of the amount I’ve written on my book this year, currently at around 50,000 words. I finished 5 AS Levels in summer, reducing it to 3 A2 Levels since September. I’ve been to Iceland, Kent, the Cotswolds, Madeira, and Ireland. I’ve seen Mamma Mia and Sunny Afternoon at the West End.

The new year is always full of resolutions that never get filled, so most of the time I don’t set myself any. I like to set smaller goals throughout the year, as well as the more long-term ones (get into uni, finish my book, read etc…). I’m so excited to see what 2016 brings, and I hope for both you and me it’ll be something brilliant. See you on the other side!

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Week 52

I sit here at my desk, in my fluffy new dressing gown I got for Christmas, having just finished work for the day. To be honest, I barely remembered it was a Sunday – does any student really know the days of the week outside of term time? In my head it really works as ‘today is this day, tomorrow is the day I’m doing that… I have this many days until something else…’ – no wonder I’m confused!

Week 52 is a strange one. People get motivated, there’s a lot of food, many people drink far too much, and everyone wants to sleep.

Actually, that sounds a bit like Friday nights.

Anyway, I’ve always thought the week between Christmas and New Year was a strange time. The festivities fizzle out after Boxing Day, and then suddenly leap back for one night as we enter the new year. Everything’s dark, the weather’s usually pretty naff. It seems like a week where nothing seems like it should be happening. Like a limbo period. Just me?

I hope all of you had a great Christmas and spent it with people you love. If you’ve been working over the festive period too, I truly sympathise – it’s so depressing!

I also just want to apologise for my blog posts being all off-schedule right now, I’ve been given quite awkward shifts recently. I’ll be back to 5pm on Thursday if all goes to plan, with a bit of a meatier post. Thanks for reading, see you soon 🙂

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Happy Christmas!

The time of mince pies, family, crackers, terrible jokes and more food than is really necessary is here. Tomorrow will probably be quite a quiet day for me, just spending it with my parents and my brother, but sometimes cosy Christmas days are nice. I’ll be spending boxing day with some extended family, which will probably be the more festive celebration.

Lots of people like to think back to the origins and the ‘real meaning’ of Christmas, and recount the tale of Jesus’ birth, and I always had to go on the school church trips at this time of year through primary school, but being a non-religious person, I like to think of it in simpler terms. To me, Christmas is just a time when people get together and set aside some time to be happy. I feel like, surrounded by the right people, it should be the time when the year’s troubles can be ignored for a while.

I do sort of wish it was colder outside (weather-wise, England is still stuck in early November… it’s weird), so it would feel a bit more like a real Christmas, but hey-ho. We can celebrate in any weather. I did read the other day that outdoor ice rinks have had to close because they can’t stop the rinks from melting, though. And we had a wasp buzzing around the house yesterday. Regardless, blankets and cosy clothes are still on the agenda.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, I wish you a merry Christmas. Whether you celebrate or not, whether you’re religious or not, have a great time.

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