I have never written something like this before, I tried once to write a memoir style reflective story but that didn’t pan out. I got this idea from a close friend of mine as she runs a blog (Natalie Blogs) and she talked about her best bits of the year (2017 Roundup).
Since I read that, I thought about my year. I thought chiefly about what has happened, what I did, what changed and what was tough.
I’ll give you a summarisation. It has been very busy.
Firstly, in January 2017 my job role changed massively and I was given more responsibility. I went back to work from the previous Christmas break and was given a small classroom where I would be teaching the more vulnerable students with SEN. This was quite a big change for me because I never thought I’d go back to teaching (I took myself off a PGCE course in 2013 as I wasn’t a good enough teacher for the students).
This new job role has only developed even more, to the point that I have been given a bigger classroom and more SEN students to teach. I now teach GCSE level English, Maths, Science and Humanities.
On the back of this, I was runner up in the Leicester Mercury Education Awards ‘Support Staff of the Year’ category. This was out of all the support staff in the county, I ended up coming in the top 3, which itself is incredible and totally surprising. Part of me doesn’t quite understand how and why this happened because (in my eyes) I’m just doing my job.
Secondly, I have been to three new countries this year by myself. I went to Portugal, Sweden and Norway. That takes the total countries I’ve visited to 18.
I really enjoyed being able to just wander around the different cities and seeing the different sights. I found it was a very fulfilling experience to travel and go somewhere by yourself, I know some people who would be too scared to try something like this. I’m not saying I’m a solo backpacker who hikes through jungles in Borneo, but I’m saying I’m pretty proud of myself for doing this. It definitely gave me a lot of thinking time as well, and I was able to contemplate different parts of my life and the changes that had happened over the year.
Thirdly, the last significant thing to happen in my life this year was that I lost my Nan on my mum’s side. It wasn’t a shock to me that it was going to happen, but once again I didn’t get to say goodbye to a much loved relative before they passed. She had suffered with dementia for about three years and eventually ended up in a home. It was early on in her condition that I thought it was going to end that way.
The funeral service went well and we got to say our goodbyes in our own way. I (as you can see by my blog) wrote a poem to remember my Nan and Grandad.
Finally, I made some changes to my lifestyle. I have started going to the gym four times a week so that I can be healthier and fitter. It has resulted in me sleeping better, feeling fitter and stronger, and generally being happier. It doesn’t help that my self esteem is incredibly low, but going to the gym and putting effort in to myself is helping me combat my self-esteem problems.
Overall, this year has been bad in the fact that its been quite tough adjusting to my new job role and the demands that it has. I have spent many a weekend doing work for my job and planning lessons. I have also found that it’s become quite a lonely year.
However, this year was good in the fact that I was able to go to new places and have new experiences. I was able to wander the streets of three new cities, get a cross country train in Scandinavia, meet my favourite band/see them live, make new friends, visit my closest friends and improve my lifestyle.
I can take lots of positives from the cumulation of all of these and hopefully move into the new year with a more optimistic outlook.
In the following blog post, I shall share with you all my goals for 2018 and my reasoning behind choosing them.