Thursday, 31 December 2015

Bye 2015, Hello 2016

(My nine most popular photos on instagram from this year.... apparently people don't like food photos as much as I do, haha.)

Prior to writing this, I had a quick read-through of the post I wrote this time last year. I'm not really one for resolutions, but I like the idea of looking back at the year that has been, and looking forward to the year that is to come. It's funny how much has changed, and how much I've changed - yet there are also things that are the same. As most years, 2015 has been a year of ups and downs, but on the whole it has been a pretty good year. And it's definitely ending on a good note.

MY 2015

I've lost friends (or rather, people that I thought were friends), but I've also gained new ones, and kept the ones that really matter. And I've become more confident and happy along the road. I now know what to prioritise and what to value in friendships. I've also moved in with my sister, who is my best friend in the whole wide world, and living with her has been such a lovely experience (despite the occasional bickering).

I've had family and friends visiting several times, and it's been wonderful showing them my Glasgow while also getting to spend quality time with them. In April, one of my best friends came to visit for a week, and then a little bit later in the month, a good chunk of mum's side of the family came for a few days to celebrate my grandma's 70th. In June, dad came over. Then in July, mum came over again. Finally, my dad came over again in November, and my friend who's studying in St Andrews came for a few days in December.

While I haven't been anywhere but Scotland and Sweden, I've managed to see more of both countries. I've seen Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and Isle of Skye, and I've also managed to get around more in Glasgow. And when I was home in Sweden back in May/June, I visited a friend down south, where I had only been very briefly, quite a few years ago.

As for my university studies, I've continued doing my best and I still enjoy it. I have to admit I haven't enjoyed English Literature as much as I did in first year, but I do still like it, and it still feels like the right choice. Moreover, I've also really enjoyed the course in English Language I'm doing this year, and I'm hoping to continue with that alongside English Literature.

I was lucky enough to get a part-time job (as a sales assistant at Whittard) that I really enjoy. It feels good to have get some experience outside of university, and it also brings in some extra money (which is of course very welcome when you're a student). I also found a new hobby in Scottish country dancing, which is something that a couple of years ago I would've never thought of. I'm very glad I decided to start it though, and I'm excited about what the coming year will bring.

Most importantly, I feel like I've become much more at peace throughout the year. I'm happy with where I am, what I'm doing and who I am, and I'm more comfortable in my own skin than I've ever been (even though I of course still have my doubts and low moments), which is a pretty great feeling.

MY 2016

On the 2nd of January I turn 21 (when did I get so old?!?), which I'm told is an important age here in Scotland. It's not a big deal at all in Sweden, so I'm honestly not very bothered. I don't even know what I'm doing on my birthday yet! I am pretty excited about 2016 though, since I reckon it'll be a pretty good year...

Travels (and Harry Potter)
Normally, January isn't really my favourite month of the year (despite it being my birthday month, hehe), but this year January is going to be pretty great. Between the 21st and the 24th my sister and I are going to London, where we're also meeting up with two friends who are coming from Sweden. Apart from just exploring London, we're also planning on visiting the Warner Bros Studio Tour, and I cannot wait! 2016 will definitely be a good year to be a potterhead - in August, my sister and I are going to London again, to see The Cursed Child.

I haven't been home in Sweden since June, so I'm hoping to get home and visit sometime soon, hopefully during springtime. I'm also planning on going up to St Andrews to see my friend. It would be nice to go somewhere else as well (not Sweden or Scotland, that is), but we'll see if I'll have the time and the money for that.

I'm going into the second semester of my second year, I'm hoping that I will get a good enough grade to get into English Literature honours. (Honours is year three and four, during which you focus on one or two subjects and work toward your dissertation in fourth year). As mentioned, I've also decided that I'd really like to take English Language into honours as well, because I love the subject so much, so hopefully that'll be feasible! Either way, I hope that by this time in 2016, I'll be studying honours courses that I really enjoy. 

I don't really have any resolutions for 2016 - only a few general hopes and expectations. I want to continue studying hard and do my best in everything. I want to save more money and avoid being stressed. I want to be as happy and content as possible, and not put too much pressure on myself - being good enough is, well, good enough.

There is however, one change that I'm making. I'm going vegan this January, and hopefully I'll continue the habit after January is over too. I'm planning a post all about it next week where I'll go more into my reasons, but it's something that I've wanted to do more and more recently so I'm excited to finally take the step.

How was your 2015? Do you have any hopes or expectations for 2016?

Love, Mimmi.