reflections From a Year Gone By

… And breathe. 2017, my friends, is finally coming to a close, and what a year it has been! For me, there have been surprises, high points, low points, smiles and tears, and memories – so many memories.

Let’s look back at a few of the highlights from this year, shall we? Gosh, a trip down memory lane seems bizarrely nostalgic, considering everything happened within just 12 months!

Back in the summer, I trained with my first guide dog; I’ve been on the waiting list of a couple of years now, and so training with my first dog was a huge deal. It’was mentally draining, at times stressful, but so, so worth it – she is absolutely amazing, and has already given me more confidence when out and about than I’ve ever had before. You can read a little about this time of my year here, if you want.

I almost completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year, and despite failing due to food poisoning on the night of my expedition, I really enjoyed what I managed to do, and am so proud of hwat I achieved. I still volunteer at the organisation I volunteered for as part of my DofE, and I still value the people in my group – many of whom I didn’t really know – who were so supportive and just generally great. I’m not sure whether I’m going to do the expedition again next year: it was easily my least favourite part of the whole thing, because I have a totally irrational fear of being lost, but hey-ho, we’ll see.

Back in October, I visited Barcelona with a group of blind friends, as part of an organised trip. It was the first time I have flown (in my memory), and it was surprisingly uneventful and … fun? The trip had its ups and downs, and its fair share of tears, laughs, smiles and hugs, and despite the drama, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Like, ever.

I started Year 11 – my final year of GCSEs –, and the workload is INTENSE! However, it’s even more bareable now than it was in Year 9 or Year 10, simply due to the fact that the end is in (metaphorical) sight now: 6 months, and this whole thing is over. Then, it’s the longest summer holiday OF MY LIFE, and off to college in September – new friends, a new place, living away from home.

I learnt to bake cookies this year.
Just saying.

What have you achieved this year? It’s always great to reflect on your achievements: if nothing else, it provides closure.


9 thoughts on “reflections From a Year Gone By

  1. Getting your guide dog and learning how to make cookies and are fantastic achievements! One day we will have to meet so I can give both you and the dog (not sure if you made the name public s will protect her anonymity) massive hugs and try these amazing cookies. I passed my A levels and went to uni which is probably my biggest achievement, but I did also perfect making brownies which is a close second

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    1. OMG we could have a cookie & brownie sale at your university, raising money for Guide Dogs… what a combo!
      Seriously proud of you though; you’ve done so so well, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for you XXX

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  2. I just want to pick up on something you mentioned, because I literally can’t agree more: the whole end in sight thing (Year 11!). I feel that way with Year 13 and it helps put things into perspective and more bearable 🙂 It’s such an important time too. Fab post.

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  3. GCSE’s felt like the end of the world on so many occasions, so my advice is just not to let the stress get to you. Keep finding more and more interactive ways to revise, but with what you have already achieved, I am sure this will be no match for you. Good luck this year and I can relate on the bronze DofE as our team got lost due to really outdated map…

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  4. Oh my god yesss Barcelona 😀 I am so so proud of everything you’ve achieved this year. It might not seem like it to you but you’ve really grown as a person and I’m so glad that so many of my positive memories have you in them. Keep on going – you’re gonna smash this year!! xx

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