Monday, 1 January 2018 / Northern Ireland, UK

The Anti-Bucket List


Two thousand and seventeen for me; was a year of both personal growth and discovery. It was a year wherein I struggled quite significantly with my general physical and mental health. Where I struggled to find my place in college and at work and where I struggled with bouts of unemployment - never-mind my sanity. In short; it was the year of hardship, of struggle, of change and challenge - although more difficult that it seemed at times, I really felt as though I was being put through my paces and I'm ready to bounce back.

One of my first steps being this blog post; 'The Anti-Bucket List', wherein I endeavour to defy tradition, to compile a list of all the things I managed to achieve in 2017, rather than one which glorifies what I didn't - simply put.

The Anti-Bucket List - 2017; 

  • Matthew & I celebrated our one year anniversary on January 15th,
  • I worked with my first brand, & became an Itty Bitty Book Co. Ambassador in February,
  • I passed my Theory Test, And 
  • My Driving Test. 
  • I got my first car - a KIA C'EED,
  • I started working part-time for the Perfume Shop in July,
  • I celebrated my twenty-first birthday in September,
  • The Perfume Shop girls & I raised money for Alzheimer's Research UK by taking part in the Escape Rooms in Belfast,
  • I went back to college in September and did a short course in Digital Marketing, 
  • I passed that course.
  • I took an interest in CrossFit and finally started going to personal training, 
  • This helped me drop a dress size,
  • And more.
  • I completed and passed an online course in Marketing Fundamentals via Google, and 
  • Surprisingly survived my first Christmas working in retail. 

 What did you achieve in 2017?
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  1. Your 2017 was awesome! So much achieve and congratulations on it all! Loved reading this post :)

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Looking back made me realize it wasn't all bad in the end, but I'm really glad you liked my post & happy new year! x

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  2. You have achieved so much - you should be so proud of yourself! Wishing you all the best for 2018 💜

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  3. You achieved so much in 2017 ❤️ Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you and your blog x https://t.co/nPoLxxhl54

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    1. Thank you Aoife! I'm really excited to see where 2018 takes me x

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  4. I am sorry to hear that 2017 was so difficult for you but you have really accomplished a lot in spite of that!

    This past year was fairly uneventful for me... I did, however, start my blog, celebrated a complete year of independence (absolutely no men, no dating), and unfortunately I found out some people I put my trust in as friends were not really my friends.

    Thanks for sharing about your year!

    -Bree
    Letsbebreef.com/blog

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    1. I'm glad you think so Brianna, although I have to admit I was quite surprised myself. How have you been finding blogging so far? and I'm sorry to hear about your friends, maybe 2018 will be the year we make new and improved ones! x

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  5. Congrats on ur achievement..... U have got a on ur plate....�� May your 2018 be filled with love and prosperity

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    1. Thank you Atish! I hope 2018 brings you health, happiness and success. x

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  6. Sounds like you had a really good 2017! I think this year I would like to get more into fitness. Maybe not crossfit but perhaps something similar. I hope 2018 brings you even more greatness!

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    1. I realized in the end that it wasn't all bad and Crossfit was difficult for me in the beginning, but I'm really enjoying the intensity of it now - certainly seeing the benefits of it. I hope 2018 brings you health, happiness and success! x

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  7. Sounds like 2017 was fabulous ❤️ Happy New Year and good luck with the new blog 😃

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    1. It was in the end up! Happy new year Melanie and thank you x

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  8. An anti-bucket list is a great idea! It's probably just as important to look back at where you've come from as it is to think about where you want to be. You did well in 2017 ��

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    1. I'm really pleased you think so! It definitely puts things into perspective. x

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  9. congrats on passing your driving, i hated doing driving tests they were so nerve racking haha

    wish you all the best for 2018 xoxo
    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/2017/12/top-ten-moments-of-2017/

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    1. Thank you Eloise! I was quite lucky that I got the driving instructor I did, she really helped boost my confidence on our driving lessons, so I knew I was going to ace my test on the day. In all fairness I found the theory a lot harder than the actual driving itself, but I definitely felt the nerves on the day! Happy New Year! x

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  10. it is great idea. you achieve many thing in 2107. So, Now you feel happy for that effects.
    Actually , I am also in digital marketing field . I am working in easywebplans company that offers many services to clients like live projects(websites), logo designing , website designing, banners and so many thing . I am happy to work in company.
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    1. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoy your job, it makes life so much easier! Happy belated new year x

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