2017: Year in Review

Photo of a hand holding a lit sparkler, with the words '2017 year in review'

It’s that time again when everyone posts their yearly round-ups… That’s right folks, I am here with yet ANOTHER new year themed post! And slightly late! Oh well. 2017 has been a weird one for me. Even Photoshop was being weird whilst I was trying to make this picture, so clearly it agrees.

Looking back at 2017

  • To  begin with, I want to recap my goals from 2016… Firstly, I think I’ve definitely succeeded at doing more LGBTQ+ related things! I can see this concretely in that: I attended my first ever Pride parade, starting going to school LGBTQ+ society, and generally just felt a lot more positive in my queer identity. 2016 was a year of discovering myself, and I feel that 2017 has been me actually kind of living that. I mean, I still have a LOT of stuff going on (especially re: my gender which is CONFUSING) but, yeah. I’m so happy about this.
  • Secondly, I feel that have made some strides forward in making positive changes in the world. This year the podcasts Witch Please and Secret Feminist Agenda were SUPER important to me; I really do feel that they have given me hope and inspired me to strive to be a better person and ally. I also continued with my Action for Change project on LGBTQ+ history which I enjoyed a lot. 🙂 I still have a long way to go (I mean it’s kind of an eternal process) in being a good ally but I hope that I’ve educated myself more this year.
  • In terms of self-care and mental health, this year has been pretty rocky. To be frank, I’ve experienced some of my biggest lows ever in 2017. I’ve had several breakdowns and even this holiday I’ve been feeling very sad. I’ve tried to take care of myself, but I want to do this even more going forward in 2017.
  • Blogging has also been patchy. Year 11 has been hitting me harder than I’d thought, leading to me taking a hiatus, and I also haven’t been great at commenting. But you know what? That’s okay. Sometimes we don’t achieve our goals, because things change, and it doesn’t make us terrible people.
  • My most popular posts this year were LGBTQ+ History in Schools, Yes, I Love YA, and The Spring Has Sprung book tag. My collab post Les Mis v Hamilton (with Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages) from last year was also pretty popular, which is cool to see. Bonus posts: queer girl media recs and 7 #relatable clarinet things.
  • However! I have consumed some WONDERFUL art this year: I’ve continued to read many great books, got way more into podcasts, also got into comics, and of course kept listening to rad music. I am so grateful for all this art because, honestly…it keeps me going. I need art so much.

Looking forward to 2018

  • I want to do things with love. I don’t want to do some crappy ‘love saves everything’ thing because that’s just wrong, but personally I want to bring more love and care into my life. By this I mean: bringing a sense of love to caring for myself, putting in time and effort in my relationships, criticising things I love because I love them and not in spite of it.
  • Further elaborating on the theme of self care, I want to look after myself better. The next year is going to be hard and I need to practise self care ESPECIALLY when I feel bad to stop me spiralling into terribleness. I’ve designated specific phone-free times because constantly scrolling through social media does not really help me. But at the same time I don’t want self care to be a chore, so. UGH it’s hard!
  • I want to keep enjoying art! I’m super excited to be able to experience new things in 2018 — I’m seeing both Hamilton and the Cursed Child which I am EXTREMELY excited and grateful for. I hope to read some wonderful books — I am currently very excited for Alice Oseman’s book 3, hopefully out in spring — as well as comics, movies, podcasts, music, TV and so on. This also includes making my own art, which has rather been put to the back burner due to school & mental health, but nevertheless I hope to continue with it.
  • I want to make new friends & meet old ones. I hope to be attending YA Shot and YALC in 2018 and I want to meet up with bookish friends! I’d also love to make some new friends, and if possible meet some internet friends in real life because I think that’d be super cool. 🙂
  • This one is rather vague, but I want to experience new things. I have a lot of ~new and exciting~ things coming up in the future, like going to sixth form, big exams, prom, a bunch of people leaving school, my trip to Ecuador with Guides (!!), turning 17… It’s gonna be a WILD TIME, y’all.

wow that was a deep dive into my brain! how was your 2017? do you have any goals for 2018?

15 thoughts on “2017: Year in Review

  1. 2017 came with its challenges and with its wonderful moments.

    2018 is an exciting year for me. Its the year where I will be graduating from college. That is a bit scary, a bit exciting, and a bit sad. I am looking forward to that time. I cannot wait to see what else 2018 has in store. I will defiantly be doing some reading this year as well

  2. Happy 2018!!
    This year is gonna be great 😊 Good luck with your GCSEs!! *sends positivity, love and hugs*

    My 2018 consists of trying to pass A Levels to get into Uni 😂
    (Plus hitting my reading target – gonna do it this year!!)

  3. Happy New Year!! I hope you have an amazing 2018😊 Good luck with those dreaded gcse’s coming up! I’m sure you’ll ace them. And most importantly, good luck with looking after you! You and your wellbeing is much more important than those exams❤❤
    I’m hoping to attend YALC 2018 as well!! Hopefully I’ll see you there?
    (although I’m the most awkward and shy human in existence😂)

    1. Happy new year to you as well!! Thank you so much — yep, I don’t want exams to completely take over everything in my life.
      Oh gosh yay that would be great! I really hope so — and I am pretty awkward as well. Generally I found that there were a bunch of other people who are awkward or get stressed out by large social events at YALC which was a bit of a comfort.

      1. Oh that must have been so helpful! I hope if I do go that same sort of thing happens to me!😊

  4. I’m sorry 2017 was a bit weird and that you’re feeling low right now. It sounds like it was a year of growing into yourself which is so great, and I hope things continue to get easier for your from here. Self care is super tough, but I’m glad you’re keeping at it. The summer between Year 11 and Year 12 was such a freeing time in my life for me where I consumed so much art, so you have that freedom to look forward to once school is over.

    Have fun seeing Hamilton and The Cursed Child! What amazing things to look forward to – I hope they set a good tone for your 2018. I’m also very excited for Alice Oseman’s 3rd book, and have been hoping to make more art this year too. Hopefully when the acedmic year is done I will be able to fulfil that goal in the summer. I’m also planning to go to YALC this year too, and I’m really hoping I will be confident enough this year to meet and befriend new people there.

    Keep taking care of yourself and have a splendid 2018, Eve ❤

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I’m really looking forward to summer — I’m actually going on a Guiding trip to Ecuador then which is amazing and very new to me. 🙂
      Thanks again, I’m sure I will have a great time! I can’t wait for Alicse Oseman’s new book. *nods* Good luck with making more art! ❤ And that's wonderful – I hope I can go to YALC again but I'm still not sure if I'll be able to.

      Take care of yourself too, hope you have a great year ❤

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