A year full of newness and change. The end of 2015 I left it feeling pretty crap about myself – I was in a very strange headspace, one which I haven’t actually spoken to many people about. So last night I sat down to write 16 things that I’ve done/realised and it was surprisingly really hard. But here it goes…
*1* Fast forward April 2016, Nojmul and I made an awesome trip to Thailand. Definitely a culture change and it took me a couple days to adjust just so that I could comprehend how big the world is and how privileged we are. We traveled from Phuket – Koh Phi Phi – Chiang Mai – Bangkok and ended with Malaysia. It was my mini backpacking dream and considering Nojmul hates travelling as a backpacker he ended up really enjoying it.
*2* Morocco in October 2016 was another experience, we made some really nice friends and shared some great memories. It definitely brought us together as a couple and for that I hold Morocco quite dear to me.
*3* We brought our very first flat together and moved in late May- and although it’s slightly out of London, I absolutely adore it, so much so that whenever we go away on holiday we itch to get back to our home.
*4* I said goodbye to working 4 years in an inner London large comprehensive school and moved to literally a brand new school delivering Built Environment to post 16 students. Completely different to what I’m used however change is always good.
*5* With the above being mentioned, I taught my first ever Electronics GCSE group. I had the same group for over 3 years and took them all the way from year 9 to year 11 – it may not sound like much but carrying a group through to thier final exams was my goal. They really did me proud and we ended on a high achieving the best results in the department, all above national average. Very proud teacher moment indeed.
*6* Seeing my nephew grow into a little smart boy and hearing him say new words and develop has been incredible and priceless.
*7* Starting to feel and be comfortable in my own skin is something I struggled with for a long part of my teen/adult life. Only in the last couple of months I’m starting to develop a sense of ownership of my body. I really hope this continues into the next year…
*8* I also finally learnt how to cook this year – I cook a fresh/organic meal atleast once a week and I actually enjoy it. My cooking is edible and hasn’t poisoned anyone yet – woo! I still have a long way to go. However considering I have never cooked in my 29years of being alive…this is some achievement.
*9* I feel like I’m starting to find my style – I love shoes, I have 110 pairs now, and I love chunky knitwear and anything eccentric.
*10* I still shop a lot – however now I feel like I’m making decisions wiser – well, thats what I keep telling myself.
*11* I finally said goodbye to my old A-Class which served me a not so solid 100,000 miles in 7 years, and brought my new car!
*12* I have had another year with my parents, I know it probably sounds silly. With my dad suffering a long term illness and my mum has plenty of on going illnesses too, as well as people dying everyday so as each day passes-by I count my lucky stars that I still have them in my life.
*13* Exercise is very important for the soul as well as the body and only in the last couple months have I started to appreciate it more – even if its a set of sit ups in my PJs. I always feel so much better after.
*14* I’ve started to listen to what my body needs – I used to deprive myself off of sugar / diary / gluten – basically any fad diet. When in fact I didn’t need to do that, I now listen to my body a lot and if I feel like a chocolate I’ll have a chocolate. Everything in moderation but never starved.
*15* Similarly I listen to what my skin needs – I’ve paid attention to my skins moisture levels, the pores, the skin texture and I use skincare accordingly and it’s looked the best since I was a teenager.
*16* Building a stronger relationship with Nojmul – marriage is hard work people. It definitely takes two and for the last year or so I was for sure the selfish one, however I have learnt to compromise, listen, be patient and look at things from the other shoe.
We all live and learn and here’s to another year, to make mistakes, to learn and to challenge.
Roll on 2017