January 2017 Gratitude List

Towards the end of 2016, I made a secret little promise to myself that I was going to start appreciating things more. The year had been quite a rollercoaster for me (you can read all about it here), and I was just so ready to start again. I decided that towards the end of each month, I'd re-cap on the things that I was grateful for, and in all honesty, going through everything that happened this month made me realise how lucky I am and how great things are going at the minute. So without further ado, here is my gratitude list for January.

1. My internship placement - if you didn't know, I decided to take part in an internship scheme run by my university in November/December, and I was blown away to discover that I'd been given a place. I'm now a Recruitment and Admissions Assistant at Teesside University and have been for almost a full month. While this was only meant to be a 3 month contract, the manager approached me after 10 days and asked me if they extend my contract. I was so shocked and pleased that my hard work was being recognised, so of course, I said yes! It's looking like I'll be there until at least September, which is pretty insane!

2. J received his first British passport - again, if you read my 2016 ramble, you'll see that my boyfriend had been going through the process of naturalisation (becoming a British citizen). While he'd had his ceremony and signed all the paperwork that said he was an official Brit, he wanted to seal the deal by getting his first ever British passport, and so he did! We were warned that the process could take up to 6 weeks, but in less than a month, the forms were signed, the fees were paid and the maroon passport was in his hand. As you can imagine, we've been looking at a bunch of trips, and while we've already got Amsterdam lined up for April, we're making a mental list of all the other places we'd love to go. We're pretty sure that Krakow and Disneyland Paris are right at the top!

3. Yoga - I've been massively into yoga for well over a year now, but towards the end of 2016, I ended up not doing a lot of it due to my three work commitments. It took a toll on my body and my mental state, so I've made a conscious decision to change that. I've started doing sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and I'm aiming to do some gentle sessions during the week, and I feel so much better for it already. I missed feeling those muscle aches the day after a particularly intense session and the feeling of being connected to my body. I'm hoping to shift a few of the Christmas pounds and finally being able to do the crow pose (maybe). 

4. Discovering my love for watercolour - I received some watercolour pencils and a pad of watercolour paper for Christmas, and as someone that finds it difficult to express themselves through any means that isn't creative, I was just dying to give it a go. My artwork is something that I keep quite private - in fact, so private that my mum didn't even realise that I could draw - but I posted my first watercolour attempt on Instagram because I was that darn proud! It's a time-consuming hobby, but I love it, and I feel that it really calms me if I've had a particularly stressful week.

5. The blogging community - up until now, I've kind of been a bit of an island when it comes to blogging. I like to do my own thing, not stick to trends and just keep myself to myself, but recently, I've been branching out so much and speaking to other bloggers. It's changed my whole perception on blogging, making it much more of a social thing. While I still view it as a platform to write and express my love for writing, it's also become this way of meeting people with similar interests to me. I'm not sure if it's because of this branching out that my DA has increased form 9 to 12, but hey, I'm not complaining either way!

January has been so kind to me and I'm really hoping that these good things continue on into February. Check back in next month to see if they do!

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