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