2018 was quite full-on for me for a number of reasons – not least because I am finally feeling vaguely adult-like at the grand old age of 35!
This year, on my route to adulthood, I
– Moved in with my boyfriend
– Found myself a new job that means I get to use my Open University degree (I graduated in 2015)
– Got engaged!
– Paid off my student loan (at last)
– Acquired a rescue cat and four rescue chickens
I also continued my attempts to be a ‘good person’, racking up
– Volunteering at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin
– Volunteering at the Open University on their archiving project
– Making my 50th blood donation
– Being asked to feature in the 30th birthday video for the Lister Fertility Clinic after I was an altruistic egg donor a couple of years ago
– Wrote more articles for the International Paralympic Committee
– Rowed The Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana at the Boat Races
I nurtured my creative side and participated in quite a variety of classes and courses
– Weaving class
– Pottery course
– Lino cutting course
– Biscuiteers class
– And I finally managed to make some decent meringues!
In other creative news, I’ve managed to create a few new products this year in both my Becky Button and Bellbird & Button shops. This is particularly good as last year’s semi-forgotten ‘resolution’ was to work on my Etsy life, and that has gone well this year. I participated in March Meet the Maker and managed to post something for all of the daily prompts (thanks to careful planning!).
I continued my involvement with the Oxford Etsy team, participating in the latest pop-up shop in Didcot, as well as selling at the Oxford Castle Quarter x Oxford Etsy markets over the summer, and being picked to have a stall at the Oxford Etsy Made Local event in December at the amazing Examination Schools building.
I designed the poster for the 50th Oxford City Royal Regatta, using a 1960s Pop Art theme and going from concept to print in less than two weeks.
We also managed a few holidays this year
- My first skiing experience, in Tignes, France in January
- A nice summer break to Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, where we went sea kayaking and I tried snorkelling for the first time (and M proposed <3)
- A quick trip on a half price offer to the very fancy and lovely Ragdale Hall just before Christmas (would definitely recommend!)
And finally, M and I took up dance lessons, which are proving to be trickier than Strictly makes it look, but we are enjoying them and we are definitely seeing improvements in our technique and rhythm.
Despite this list of accomplishments I’m still having trouble with thinking that I haven’t done ‘enough’. I’m not sure what this mystical ideal of doing ‘enough’ actually entails so perhaps I should work on being kinder to myself…
My unofficial resolution for the New Year is to actually use the notebooks I have been hoarding for years, deeming them to be too special/pretty/expensive to use for anything ordinary.
I suspect most of the first part of 2019 will be taken up with wedding-related organising and making but I hope to still find time to add some more achievements to my list. I’m not sure I expected 2018 to be quite so busy, so who knows what might happen this year!