My second year is halfway over… where did that time go??
Assignments are handed in and exams have been sat. Someone hand me a glass of mulled wine and a twig of mistletoe as it’s almost time for Christmas!!
What a first semester it’s been. If I compare this semester to last year’s first semester, they’re polar opposites.
From September 2016: I’ve started a blog and have posted every week, I got myself a job and then got myself another job (in communications), worked in a PR firm for a week, I’ve been to London, got my placement sorted for next year, been going to all my classes, not sleeping in past 12pm, going to bed before 5am – in other words, I’ve realised that to have a successful life I have to work my butt off. No more floating through life or settling for less than I should.
Remember when we all laughed at Kylie Jenner when she said 2016 would be the year of realising things? Well she was actually right. I’ve realised A LOT.
What I realised this semester
The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviours
Surround yourself with high achievers, smart minded people and dreamers. People that will enhance your future and motivate you to keep going after your dreams. I realised that if I want something I have to go out and get it. Hard work always pays off. Put yourself out there and network. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – this is true, I read a book on it once.
Never stop learning
I’ve been reading a lot this first semester. Not books, but blog posts and websites. Advice articles, self help posts, anything that will give me information on how to be a better person or how to be better at succeeding. There’s a wealth of information on the web, you’d be foolish to not make use of it.
Your health is your wealth
I’ve learnt to listen to my body. From constantly working, going to uni and meeting up with friends, I was on the brink of a burnout. I’ve always had a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out) but I’ve learnt to deal with it a lot better this year. If my body feels tired, I’ll go to sleep earlier. There will be other nights out and that next episode of Suits can wait until tomorrow.
A new wake-me-up
Coffee doesn’t actually taste that bad. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, preferring to drink litres of Diet Coke for my daily caffeine overdose. However after a few stints in the hospital this semester with bad heart palpitations and irregular heart rhythms, I’ve been told to lay off the Diet Coke and alcohol. I’m pretty sure substituting these for coffee isn’t the wisest idea but I need something to stop me from falling asleep at my desk. I started with mochas and have now worked my way up to a milky coffee. I now have a valid reason to go to Starbucks now.
Who I want to be
Most of all, this semester I realised who I want to be in the future and what kind of future I want for myself. I want to be extremely successful in my career, have my own business or businesses, live comfortably and enjoy life in the process. I may be only 19 years of age but why can’t I start now? I’m starting to build a life for myself and make my way in the PR world. I don’t want to settle for a mediocre life.
The most important thing is to be humble in your efforts for success. Don’t expect, but be thankful. Be proud of your achievements without blowing your own horn too much.
Good riddance 2016
I am beyond excited for 2017 and the opportunities that are to come. I’ll be living in London for half of the year, working in beauty PR – I still can’t believe I’m writing that. There’s so much to look forward to and so much to be thankful for.
2016 wasn’t the best year; we lost a lot of icons, left the EU and watched as Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. But here’s to a happy and healthy 2017.
Now to think of my goals for 2017 and start working to achieving them!
Merry Christmas to all my readers, and have a great New Year! May we all work closer to achieving our dreams!