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A Year in Review: 2017

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What a crazy year 2017 has been.  I thought I’d write a little year in review post, especially since I’ve grown a lot this year, and have also experienced a lot of new things.

My Life Year in Review:

This year, in January, I attended my sister’s wedding as maid of honour. I discovered that I loved public speaking, as I had to do a speech for her. Attending her wedding made me want to get married (someday).

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I was offered a job whilst I was home for her wedding, which I accepted. I had to fly all the way back to the UK, work for 2 weeks, pack my life into 2 large suitcases, and made my way back home in April. When I left I cried. I was on the National Express and I just had a really heavy heart, looking out the window at all the places I knew.

year in review London

My train always went past Tower Bridge.

A Year in Review: Moving Back Home

It really felt bittersweet coming back home. I loved my life in the UK, and I have felt lost ever since I returned. Don’t get me wrong. I love New Zealand, but I just felt like I had more to do in London. I felt like I had a social life there. Sometimes I wake up and I think I am back in London, but then I remember.  I sometimes feel like I made the wrong choice because I loved living in the UK so much, but then I realise that I decided to come home for a reason.

The new job I started has allowed me so many opportunities. As it is a Cambridge curriculum school, that means it will be much easier to get another job overseas should I decide to do so.

Some of you may question why I decided to come back when I clearly didn’t want to. Now, the reason for that is financial. I was working in Essex when I first moved to the UK. You may have heard of Clacton-on-Sea? I had a full time, permanent, well-paid job there. The only thing was: I hated it. Every weekend I spent in London or Colchester. So, I decided that I’d move to London and do a bit of Supply teaching work.

I enjoyed the supply work because it meant I could be in at half 8 and out by half 3. I found one absolutely lovely school that I loved teaching at, but there were no full-time vacancies there. My pay was incredibly low, as I was going through an agency, and despite my attempts at trying to find a new full-time job, no one wanted someone who had less than a year left on her visa!

Now I am back home (like home-home, living with my parents home). I plan to move out next year so I am closer to work, and so that I get all of my independence back!

A Year in Review of Travel:

Before I left England for good, I decided to do a bit of travelling around. I did a good amount of sightseeing in London, went to a few palaces (as you do!) and then took off to Italy for two weeks.

A year in review Hampton Court

I never thought that I’d be the sort of person to do a Contiki tour. I’ve always thought that it would be just one big party. And it was. Kind of. I fell into the non-partier crowd, which was great! I travelled to two places I had only ever dreamed about going to: Pompeii and Capri.

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Now, on the 28th of December, I am heading off to Myanmar (Burma) for a few weeks. I’m so excited! Internet access may come and go there, so I probably won’t get to post much when I’m there (will have some scheduled posts though, so no worries!).

A Year in Review of Dating:

Never have I ever had so many dates. Yes, I’ve dated a lot in the past, but I decided I needed to really get out there again and go on some more dates. One thing I learnt from that is that everyone is either online dating or on tinder or bumble. What’s happened to being asked out face to face? I recently went on quite possibly one of the worst dates ever. I am not just saying that, because it was seriously the worst.

You can read about my dating escapades here and here (another post will be on here soon!).

I’m so excited for 2018 and all of the new experiences it will bring!

How has your year been? Are you excited for 2018?


1 Comment

  1. Reni E.

    28/12/2017 at 12:02 PM

    What a lovely post, dear! I enjoyed it so much reading it.
    I wish you all the best for 2018.

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