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29 Dec 2013

Goodbye 2013 | A Year in my Life

Hey everyone!
I thought it would be a nice idea to sum up my year on here. This year saw many ups and downs for me but looking back on it, I think it was a good year. I feel like this was a kind of transitional year, a lot changed for me, I believe that I became much more mature and I am getting closer to the person I want to be.

I thought I would list a few of things I did this year and some things that happened, some trivial, and some more significant.

  ♥ I turned 20 in February so I officially was no longer a teenager
  ♥ I finished my 3 year undergrad degree in Arts (English & Geography) in March
  ♥ In April I got accepted to do my hDip (train as a secondary school teacher)HOORAY
  ♥ An amazingly hot summer saw many trips to the beach, and outdoor family time for me
  ♥ I left the country for the first time in 9 years in July - I went to Spain and it was amazing
 ♥ August was probably the worst month for me as it saw the end of a three & a half year relationship
  ♥ In September, I started my hDip studies - so far I have been having the most amazing time becoming a teacher,  my experiences on this course  have literally made this year for me
 ♥ I graduated my Arts degree in October with a 2:1 in Geography and English WOOP WOOP
 ♥ I made 8 amazing friends from college (all of whom are training to be teachers too) and for the first time in my life I feel like I belong as part of a group (group 7B for life) They have all made the last few months so much fun and made the challenges of university as well as a break up so much easier.
 ♥ I passed my driving test! I am so glad I now have my full licence, all those driving lessons and the stress of the driving test were horrible. Now I have my licence I have it forever and never have to do any of that again YAY! 
 ♥ In October, I began teaching practice. I taught 12 classes a week for 5 weeks and for someone who is usually quite shy, standing up in front of young teenagers and managing to speak never mind being an authoritative teacher was a huge achievement for me. I am so proud of myself.

Wow...It's not until I recaped on this year that I realised just how much has changed, for the better. They say 'to really live, you must step outside your comfort zone' and I think that is exactly what I have done this year. For many years previous, things had remained the same, I didn't do many new things or change much as a person so this year definitely was the year where things turned around.
There were many challenges like the end of a long relationship and that day when I had to walk into a class in front of 22 impatient teenagers. 
There were many tears and nervous moments believe me. 

But, now as the curtain closes on this year I look back with pride at how well I coped, how much I have achieved, how many new friends I have made, how more confident I have become, and how much more grown-up I am. 
Overall, I am honestly a lot happier at the end of this year than I was at the beginning of it and that I think is how every year should be. 


P.S. I would love for you all to write a blog post about your year and leave it as a response below! or you could just tell me what you have done in the comments?! 
Nevertheless, I want to thank all of you for reading my blog over the past 6 months! writing this and meeting all of you lovely people and reading your blogs ha been like a sweet cherry on top of my year.

I hope all of your wishes come true for 2014.

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Anna said...

LOVED this post Sinead :) you've done incredibly well, you should be very proud! :) It's great being able to reflect on the year gone, I'm going to do exactly the same on new years eve...ooohh how rock & roll :P xxxx


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