Reflecting on 2017

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I used to absolutely hate new years’ resolutions. Why wait until the start of a new year to change things and set yourself goals? However,  I decided to try it out and I set myself a couple of goals at the end of 2016 and I think I did pretty well. Since setting yourself goals doesn’t really make any sense if you don’t reflect on them, that’s what I’m doing right now.

  1. Read 100 books
    I reached this goal. Easily. Right now, I’m on 142 books for 2017 and I still have two more weeks.
  2. Graduate
    This did not happen. I still have one more exam that I need to do and most of my final thesis to write. However, this is not all my fault (it took my teachers six months to reject my action plan for the thesis) and I did pass five other exams that I had to do. I also finished my internship.
  3. England
    A vague goal. I always wanted to live in England and last year I decided that I was finally going to make it my priority. Obviously, I did that. I have been living in England since August and absolutely love it.
  4. Travel to a new place
    Done. Went to a lot of new places this year; Berlin, Paris, Dublin, Isle of Skye. Even visited two countries that I had never been to before.
  5. Write a book
    Kind of achieved this goal. I did NaNoWriMo this year and now have the beginning of a 50k novel. It’s not done yet, but at least I started it and I know where I want to go with the story.
  6. Do one cultural thing a month
    Did I do this? I’m honestly not sure. I did do at least 12 different things in 2017 that could be considered as cultural, but I don’t think I did one a month. I didn’t keep track at all.
  7. Grow hair out
    Ha, no, this did not happen. It’s probably never going to happen. I cut my hair off in February and have since come to the realisation that short hair just looks better on me than long hair.
  8. Cruelty-free
    I like animals. It’s why I went vegan a couple of years ago. I never really looked at the make-up I use, though, so I made it a goal to look at that in 2017. Fortunately, I don’t wear a lot of make-up and the brands I do use were all cruelty-free. So this was kind of an easy one that didn’t require any work on my part.

All in all, I think I did pretty well. Five out of eight isn’t too bad for someone who didn’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions. Next week, I’ll give you a list of my goals for 2018.

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