This year has honestly been the strangest year. I have had both the worst and best year ever. The first half of the year was utter BALLS but the second half was absolutely ACE.
I have grown so so much this year and I am honestly so happy with who I am as a person.
At the beginning of the year, I was weak. I let people walk all over me and to be honest, I thought being treated like shit was normal. I’d started to accept being treated so badly and it extremely lowered my self esteem. I let people take advantage of me on a daily basis and never stood up for myself at all. How times change. That is definitely not who I am now. Unfortunately, I went through some pretty tough times to figure that out and my mental health suffered tremendously. I got my lowest ever point in April of this year and I refuse to ever go back to that place. But from there, things could only get better.
I GRADUATED. I actually did it. I got myself a cheeky lil 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Management. Four years of hard work and I had finally done. There were so many times I thought I’d never get to the end but I did! And now I’m a graduate!
I landed myself a fantastic full time job which I am absolutely loving! I can’t believe I managed to get myself a full time job in a field of work related to my degree only 1 month after graduating. Biggest achievement ever.
I started blogging again! I thought starting a brand new blog would be better than continuing writing on my one that was 3 years old – honestly it’s so cringe and does not represent me as a person at all. I’m so glad I started my new blog and I am completely overwhelmed at how well is doing. I mean, I only ever expected Karina to read my posts but now each post gets a good amount of views! I never even planned on posting often but I upload twice a week and people actually read what I have to say! YAY. This was my first header for my new blog and it has already changed so much since.
Becoming part of the online mental health community has done absolutely wonders for me and my health. I absolutely love everybody in the community and together we are sharing our stories to help stamp out the stigma. We’ll be taking over the world next I tell ya. Big shout out to Hannah Rainey who created #talkMH and allowed for the greatest community to be formed. You’re a star honey and should be very proud of yourself!
I can run! Never ever ever would I have thought that I could run for 5 minutes let alone 5km. Honestly, treadmills have always given me the absolute fear so the fact that I can run fills me with so much pride!
I am honestly 1000x happier than I was at the beginning of the year and I am SOOO grateful for the friends and family who stuck by me through everything. And to the incredible people I’ve met on my journal.
Here’s to 2017!