This year has been a year of massive ups and downs. It was a year of learning – discovering who I am, discovering that I am stronger than I thought, and learning that I am resilient.
This time last year I was going through depression and high anxiety. I was going to intensive therapy twice a week, and was not able to work. I never would have imagined that I would be now living in a new city with my boyfriend, that I would be working in a new school in a new place and have met some great new people.
So in this post I will talk about my highlights of 2017.
Going Back To Work
This seemed like an impossible goal at the end of 2016. I couldn’t think about having a normal day – one where I didn’t feel like the world was going to end, let alone go to work and actually teach. But I reached my goal in February and went back to work after practicing ‘Cope Ahead‘ strategies for success. By the summer, I hadn’t missed a day and had met some great people through working and had built up a network of connections.
I had planned to travel a lot more in 2017, however, things got in the way and I only managed two trips away. It was clear that I simply wasn’t able to travel much because of my anxiety, so to even have managed those trips was an achievement. I almost cancelled my trip to New York out of fear. But I did it. I went, and had an amazing time, despite some bad mental health days.
Setting Up A Blog
I literally can’t believe that I’ve been running a blog for almost a year now. I took a risk in February and decided to start speaking out about mental health, and a blog was the perfect way to do that. I set up my blog on WordPress, and quickly learned about planning and creating content, scheduling and advertising my content. I learned about gaining followers, and have connected with some inspiring communities of mental health bloggers. It’s been tough, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of blogging. It is like an outlet for me.
In July, my boyfriend and I decided to move to Cork. We decided that a new city would give us a chance to make new opportunities for ourselves in work and in our personal lives. I found us an apartment and he got himself a new job and within a couple of weeks we were all moved in. It has been difficult moving so far away from friends and family, but the experience has given us a whole new lease of life. I’m looking forward to meeting more new people and seeing what other opportunities Cork will offer us in the New Year.
There were so many more amazing things that happened to me this year. And I am proud of what I’ve acheived. I have taken control of my health – mentally and physically, and I intend to keep trying to improve myself as time goes on.
If you have any questions about anything in my post, you can contact me on Twitter, Facebook or via email. I am always open to comments too.
Thank you all for reading my posts this year. It has been a great year for blogging. Best wishes for 2018!