Achievements: What I’ve Done During The First Half of 2017
As I’ve been incredibly busy this year, time has absolutely flown. I find myself shocked that 2017 is already more than half over. I feel like I’ve done a lot that I’m really proud of, which is what today’s post is about. On the other hand, I also feel like I have a long way to go. Which is what my next post will detail on. Regardless, I’m extremely proud of my achievements thus far. Thus, I’m justifying it with its very own post.
I thrived in my promotion.
In September last year, I got a job in the fashion marketing industry, writing copy for contemporary and premium fashion brands. It’s something I’ve wanted for a really long time, and one of my greatest career achievements. I felt like I was finally in the industry and on the career path I always wanted. When I got promoted to copy team lead after only three months, it really threw me. I had just gotten comfortable and found my feet in my own position, let alone learning the ropes and responsibility of another. When the day arrived, I faced it head on and did my best. And it worked, because nearly seven months later, I’ve got it down.
I trained in two other copywriters during that time, who are now thriving too. I never pinned myself as the leadership type, but I definitely didn’t give it a chance and completely underestimated myself. This has taught me that I can absolutely do something if I work hard at it, which has inspired me in every other aspect of my life too. Never tell yourself you can’t do something until you’ve actually tried; you might end up surprising yourself with how capable you really are!
I passed my driver’s theory test.
This is something I’d been stressing about for ages. I haven’t been in an exam type scenario since university. And even at that, they were more opinion-based essays rather than cold hard facts. About cars, which I’ve had little to no experience with in my 24 years. Regardless, I hit the ground running with studying maybe two months beforehand. I dedicated every spare moment to it: my commutes, lunch breaks, evenings after work. And it definitely paid off, because not only did I pass, I got a perfect score.
I’m really on the road (GEDDIT? I’m so embarrassing lawl) to more independence while learning a necessary skill in the process. I can’t help but feel like someone judging my driving potential is going to be somewhat more unnerving, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Driving isn’t an essential skill for everyone, but it is for me. I really wish I’d learned sooner. Better late than never though, am I right?
I made future plans.
I’ve learned that life is more enjoyable when you have things to look forward to. Lately, I’ve been doing just that, and making lots of plans. Because I’m learning to drive, I’m putting a plan in motion for buying my first car. I’ve been putting money away for a while, so now it’s merely a case of finding the one. I’m also on the cusp of booking my first driving lesson, which is simultaneously terrifying and exciting.
I’ve been contemplating holiday plans too. I have a few cities on my list, but I’ll be frugal enough to split it up over a significant amount of time. If money were no object, it’d be the likes of New York City or Tokyo… But that’ll take quite a bit of saving, which is okay with me. It’ll give me more time to plan an agenda! I’m quite happy to remain within Europe for the next while, and top of my list are Amsterdam, Berlin and Helsinki. Beautiful locations with differing languages and cultures are exactly what I need, I can’t help but feel cooped up in Ireland after not being abroad in so long. I’ve got a lot of lost time to make up for!
I improved my financial situation.
I made a budget, and plan my money every month. When payday rolls around, I get all of my essential expenditure out of the way such as rent and bills, and put money into my savings account. The rest has to last me the whole month, and I stick by this religiously. I currently put away 20% of my pay check every month into my savings, which I’m pretty happy with right now.
I’m currently living at home at the moment, which makes things like learning to drive and saving for it more accessible. I’m putting money away for a rainy day, and so I can afford to buy a property some day. Renting is great as you have complete independence, but soul-destroying in the fact that it’s all dead money. I’d much prefer to put my money towards something more permanent, which is why I’m fine with living at home for now. I’d like to move back out in the next year or two to a new location, but it definitely won’t be to Dublin. With the excruciatingly expensive rent prices, I just can’t justify it. But hey, that’s a plan for the distant future.
I returned to fashion blogging with better-than-ever content.
Last year, I felt uninspired and took a complete break from fashion, and blogging in general. At the end of January, I felt ready to come back, and launched myself right back into fashion blogging. And I’m so glad that I did, because I feel like I’ve come so far in the process. It’s one of my best achievements, and one of the ones that I’m really proud of. My style is changing constantly, and I feel like I get braver with my choices by the day. I use fashion to express my interests and how I feel on the daily, and I really love how every look translates as to who I am. I have so many ideas lately, which is something that I never thought I’d say, Inspiration seems to ebb and flow for me, and usually doesn’t tend to hang around for long. But right now, I’m feeling it, and I’m really excited to see where I’m at at the end of 2017, and this time next year too.
I pushed my comfort zones, hard.
As a whole, I feel like a lot of the walls in my comfort zones have been broken down. Looking back through all of my achievements in this post makes me so aware of what I wouldn’t have been brave enough to do a year ago. In terms of fashion, work, life, people, everything. Almost everything in my life has changed for the better, because I push myself away from my comfort zone. Which is really important to me. If it’s doing you no service and you can’t learn anything more from it, it’s a comfort zone. Which is something that I’m going to try to avoid going forward in life.
Sure, I’ll admit that I still get nervous about things and second guess them, as well as myself and my abilities. The difference is that I now push myself to really see things through, which is a mentality that I’m really grateful for. I want to continue to do this over the rest of the year, to see what else I can achieve in the next six months. Because what have I got to lose, really?
What are your 2017 achievements thus far?
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