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December 31, 2015 in #resolutions #language #books #health #writing

Like the endings to Young Adult book film adaptions, this blog comes in two parts.

2015

In part one I want to talk a bit about the year that's gone, 2015, which was a big year for me in a lot of ways. It saw me recover from the worst bout of mental illness I've ever had, the end of a relationship, I took on more responsibilities at Numix, and I returned to University in Manchester to complete my degree.

Not gonna lie, it has been a lot of hard work, but right now I'm the happiest I think I've ever been. I'm healthy in both body and mind which hasn't been true for years and years now, I'm doing well academically, and I have more friends & fun than past me could have ever dreamed of.

My resolutions for 2015 were pretty straight forward: get better, get organised, get back. On all three accounts I'm very happy with the results and while I know it's not the end of the story, I really feel like it's made a positive impact on my life for good.

2016

With last year having a focus on the big picture and getting life back on track, I want this year to be more on tweaking the small things I've wanted to fix for a while.

  • Say Thanks, not Sorry. Can't remember who shared this with me, but it's definitely something I've picked up over the last few years, and it wouldn't hurt to fix it.

  • Learn Another Language. One of my biggest regrets is dropping learning a language when it was no longer mandatory in Y9. I'm gonna be using Duolingo to try and put this right.

  • Exercise & Health. Now I've got to this place in my life, I need to stay here. Keeping up the routines I have in place and adding new ones in too (yay flossing! /s).

  • Read & Review 52 books. It's getting to the point now where I'd struggle to legitimately call myself a reader of books. It's a challenge, but I'll give it a good crack.

  • Write & Document. Writing and art became a tool for getting better over the last year, now I want to turn it back into something I can love doing for pleasure.

No doubt I'll be updating on my progress throughout the year on here, but for now thanks for reading and happy new year!

-Josh

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