Happy new year! (Or feliz año nuevo as I’m in Tenerife) I like the feeling of the new year and the opportunity to assess where I am and where I want to be.
I hope 2016 was a good year for everyone, and that 2017 is even better. Here’s my summary of 2016.
The good. In 2016 I made a lot of big changes in my life. I graduated, said goodbye to my childhood home, and got my first performing job. I finally found a dietitian/therapist who properly understands eating disorders, and I’m hopeful that she can help me to recover. This was the year I went to NYC, took trips to other parts of the UK to see friends, and embarked on life in Tenerife.
I think I got a bit better at learning which things are good self care for me, and I try to plan those things into my life- albeit perhaps not often enough. In 2016 I got my nails done, took nice baths, long walks, Skyped loved ones and did arts and crafts to take time for myself.
I enjoyed time with all of my wonderful friends throughout the year, as well as special time with my Mum after going home for a while when I graduated.
The bad. I didn’t have the easiest year with my mental health. Then again, when you have mental illness is any year really easy in that respect? My eating disorder is still a very prominent thing in my mind all the time, and I’m jealous of people who don’t have that bothering them all the time.
I struggled with conflict I experienced this year, as I’m not good with uncomfortable conversations in general. I missed out on my family Christmas, and that was tough for me, but equally enjoyed some parts of my holiday period here.
All in all, there were difficult patches of 2016, some disappointments in terms of achievement, and some experiences I feel that I missed out on; however, I did do a lot of great things in 2016 and I’m grateful.
It’s never too late to grow.