Well, where do I start? 2017 hasn’t been all roses and daffodils, and running through fields of wheat because that’s the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done but 2017 still been a great year. I’ve gone from strength to strength and I achieved things that earlier in the year I didn’t think I could.
BAD Bs GET FIRSTS
I’ve done so well this year in terms of personal goals, I graduated with first class honours in Accounting and Finance. This has been my goal since the first day I stepped into my university in 2013 and achieving it has given me enough confidence to last a lifetime.
Getting a first was not easy! University it’s self is not easy, but getting a first or trying to get one pushes you beyond your limits and will have you questioning your sanity and ability. I questioned my ability allllll the time, hence my self-doubt post. The stress I was under I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy and I’m still recovering from my final year now lol. There were laughs, there were plenty of tears, late night trips to Co-op because our house needed sweets and Monster to get us through the night, late night chats in our kitchen cooking pasta bake, salmon and sweet potatoes because going to sleep meant having to face your degree the next day and the all day library sessions. This year I learnt the key to doing well in uni is starting assignments and revision early, prioritizing Uni over fun (but still take breaks, don’t let Uni break you), sending drafts to teachers/asking for pointers, finishing your assignment the day before and staying up all night to do your Harvard referencing (or you could reference as you go along, but I never did that). After referencing until 9 am you sleep, wake up at 1 p.m to proofread your work and cut down if needed and then submit. I remember texting Kim and Swin to knock on my door if I was not up by a certain time because missing a deadline was my worst nightmare.
Me finishing my last exam:
The joy I felt from finishing my last exam is a joy I want to feel all the time. I spent so much time in the library throughout my university life that it became my second home but I’m grateful because it all worked out. Glory be to God.
Kim, Swin, Nino, thank you all for being such wonderful housemates and making me laugh because home to an antisocial house would have been upsetting.
WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK
I told my mum I wanted a job by September and I got one in August, less than a month after graduating. Look at God. Plus, I actually like my job, which is a huge bonus, I’ve worked in places where I would dread going to work in the morning, not anymore!
I went to Tenerife for my birthday and although I did not travel as much as I did last year I’m grateful to have travelled at all because travelling is a luxury even though I like to treat it as a necessity.
I got back into reading this year! This is a big thing for me because I’ve been complaining for years that I don’t read enough.
In the last 3 months I’ve read:
- Panther in the Hive by Olivia Cole
- We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Adichie
- Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
If you want to read more too, join our book club “The Book Soiree” and follow what we’re reading this month here.
Part-time Blogger, Full-time Babe
Lastly apieceofsarah.com turned 1! My baby! My everything! The love of my life! Writing gives me so much joy and starting this blog has bought out creativity that I didn’t even know I had. Blogging also helped me with my assignments. I had 8 assignments this year, achieved 6As, 4 of them being A+ including my final project. blogging has allowed me to help people far and wide and has given me guidance when I felt like giving up. My accountability, self-doubt, goals, procrastination and consistency posts all acted as reminders as to why I have to keep on going, so I’m forever grateful that God gave me the idea to start this blog.
If you follow me on twitter you probably would have noticed my “65 days of happiness” thread. I did this for three reasons, to count down the days until 2018, to cheer myself up and to make myself become more grateful for the big and small things that happen in everyday life. I think finding happiness in each day has made me more grateful than ever and reminded me of how blessed I am.
I’m so thankful for the love and support I’ve received and I can’t wait to show you what I have planned for 2018.
My overall goal for 2018 is to step out of my comfort zone, even more and give myself more credit because I love myself and it’s what I deserve, I hope you do the same too.
Great piece of writing. It encapsulates everything you have done the last couple of years. So proud of you.
Thanks Mum, love you ❤️
Wow Sarah , this is great. So proud of you. Wishing you all the success in 2018 xx
Awww thank you Charlotte! Proud of you too, I know you had a great year. Wishing you the same ✨✨
Congratulations on getting a first class degrees – such a huge accomplishment. Getting a job a month after graduating is fantastic! I love your taste in books too; Chimamanda Adichie and Chinua Achebe are amongst my favourite authors. I really enjoyed reading this, and I wish you nothing but the best for 2018. I look forward to reading more of your posts
Awww thank you for such a lovely comment! I’m glad you enjoyed this post! I’m planning to read more books by them, do you have any recommendations please? I hope you have a fantastic 2018 too x
You’re very welcome! My favourite book by Chimamanda Adichie is definitely Half of a yellow sun. If you haven’t read it, I would definitely recommend. x
Thank you and I’ll move it up on my reading list!