A review of 2017.

This year has been beautiful, extraordinary, healing and empowering. It has also been a year of growth, of learning how to be strong, and of tackling things head on. I am so very grateful for 2017. It has been my favourite year yet. Since it’s the last day of the year, I’m going to share some little (ish!) but meaningful parts of this past year.

Getting married! This year started off extremely exciting (also extremely stressful) with our wedding and honeymoon in February. We spent all of January preparing, from making decorations and our own flower bouquets, to organising all the more logistical aspects. Planning a wedding is tough work! However, our special day was more wonderful than we ever could have hoped, and we were lucky enough to be surrounded by all the people we love. We have so much gratitude for the special people in our lives. Our wedding wasn’t expensive nor luxurious – our venue was a community hall and park – but I can’t imagine or would want it any other way.

University. This year was the furthest I have ever made it at university! I have now completed two years of my three-year degree, and next year is my final year. Previously I had completed 1.5 years at university before I had to leave due to my failing mental health, so making it through this second year in one piece was a milestone. This year I also got to give a few presentations in front of my classes, and although it was nerve-wracking at the time, I really enjoyed it, and can feel my confidence growing for public speaking. During April we went on a four-day field trip to the forest and mountains, and had an incredible experience. All thanks to recovery (it’s funny what adequate nutrition and good coping mechanisms can do), I also somehow managed to get the best grades I have ever gotten, which was a nice surprise, but something I’m trying not to base my entire academic worth upon.

Therapy. And recovery too! Aside from a very brief stint in therapy last year, this year has marked my official beginning of therapy, and consequently, recovery from anxiety and panic attacks. The skills I have gotten to learn in therapy have proved to be invaluable for not only anxiety and panic attacks, which was the initial reason I started going, but also for many other aspects of my mental health as well. My therapist is incredibly wonderful and helpful, and the endless hours spent in her office throughout the year have truly changed my life. Getting my medication switched from an SSRI to an SNRI has also made a world of difference. To begin with, therapy was terrifying, but now I am beginning to see that staying unwell is far more scary than learning to heal ever could be.

Work. Although not much has changed at work this year, I have noticed a definite change in my confidence and levels of anxiety at work. I have also made a couple of wonderful friends there who I am so thankful for.

Running. During July, August and September I began and completed the Couch to 5K program, which was wonderful! I went from barely being able to run for more than a few minutes, to running for much longer stretches at a time, and seeing a huge change in my fitness level. Running has also been extremely helpful with coping with anxiety.

Blogging and writing. November saw the beginning of this little blog, With Being Alive, a place to share an honest and authentic account about the world of living with, and recovering from mental illnesses. I have had a few blogs in the past (Tumblr was a crutch for anonymously getting what was in my head, out, during my teenage years), but nothing as open and vulnerable as this. I am so thankful for the wonderfully supportive community I have found here! They inspire and enlighten me each day.

Overall, I am grateful for 2017, and for all that it taught me. Who knows what 2018 will hold?


8 thoughts on “A review of 2017.

  1. Congratulations on getting married! I’m so happy that it was a beautiful ceremony. Personally, I think luxury is overrated for weddings 😉 We are looking to have an inexpensive and simple barn wedding 🙂 Also, that is wonderful about getting back on track with your studies and finishing your second year! Keep it up and I wish you the best in 2018 ❤

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    1. Thank-you so much for your incredibly kind and supportive words! Your message means so much to me. Your wedding sounds beautiful, and will be the perfect day for you and your partner for sure. And I can’t wait to hear how it goes! All the best for 2018 to you too; I have no doubt it will be a wonderful year for you! Sending lots of hugs and love 💛😊

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    1. Stephen, thank-you so very much for your kind words! I have loved hearing about your world and your gorgeous family through your blog this year. I feel privileged to be connected to a fellow blogger, runner and mental health warrior, taking on life by the horns, all the way on the other side of the world! Sending all my love, hugs and best wishes to you and your family for 2018 😊💛


  2. Wow!! Congratulations! You’ve had a remarkable 2017. I look forward to reading more and finding out the incredible things you’ll be accomplish in 2018. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank-you thank-you thank-you for your sweet words! You are so kind! I hope you had a good 2017 too, and happy New Year right back! All the best for this year 😊💛


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