The Halfway Review

Firstly, I can’t quite believe that when I began writing this, we were in the first couple of days in July, and it’s somehow the 26th now…Oops.

There’s something to be celebrated about getting halfway, not even right the way, through the year and wanting to acknowledge achievements thus far. Between the cliched “time flies as you get older” and “there’s just not enough time in the day”, I find it particularly exciting to be able to say that I have had a huge first half of 2018. I suppose this is the moment for a Midsummer’s Night Dream party? 
Let’s celebrate the small stuff always, but really get those bottles popping when you’ve made it this far in with achievements under your belt!

At the start of the year, which honestly feels like only a month or two ago, I questioned myself and all that I wanted to do in 2018.
When I sat to write this post, there were two main things from that list that I was, and still am, incredibly proud to announce that I can tick off as completed, however when I looked through my original answers to the questions I had asked myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see so much more than only one or two had come to fruition – go me! 

Anyone who knows me, know’s I’m a list lover of the truest form. I actually had a post on my old blog titled “A List of Lists You Need In Your Life”, yes, really. I could write a list on all the things I love about them. 

One thing that I believe when keeping an itemised account of things that you’re setting out to do,  is you have to hold yourself fully accountable to said things because when you do look back, it should only be to see how far you have come.
Here are a couple of my biggest achievements that I am popping bottles for this July.

For the first time in my adult life, I am in a job that allows me to find that coveted work/life balance.
I have a reliable salary (all the big girl feels using that word!) no more freelancing with my fingers tightly crossed all the time.
I’m in a position that is so well supported, it’s varied, it’s full of things that I actually enjoy doing.
There are so many things that this position has been able to offer me already and to have been offered a permanent contract only 3 weeks into my 3 month temp contract can only be a good sign for the future too.
I’m thrilled. 

After years and I really mean years of endless lessons, upset, try after try and silly little mistakes I finally have a pink license.
I cried when they told me. I cried over my instructor, my examiner,and  over every FaceTime call to my family and friends when telling them my news.
The relief is huge. Life changing, to say the least,  or at least so I’m told and I’m sure I will agree when I get my little mitts on a car…
I began driving lessons at 17/8, and I passed my theory test early on into the lessons, allowing me to book practical tests.
Driving lessons and tests are not cheap. It’s cost me a lot to get through them and I couldn’t have done it without my parent’s huge support and encouragement.

I honestly think this is my biggest success of the year, as no matter how many times I failed those tests, I got back up and carried on, no matter how disheartened I was feeling. not everyone will understand the sense of achievement this is for me, as some very lucky people pass straight off the bat at 17 and that’s that. But this is something that tested my mettle and I see this piece of plastic in my purse with my 17 year old face on as a testament to my strength. An achievement that I am so very proud of.

Something that I’ve never been confident with is body image. 

Something that if anyone tells you they have always been confident in, they’re almost definitely lying. We all go through it at some stage or another, in one way or another.  
I am not blessed with the same effortless bikini bodies that my sisters all have, instead I’m blessed with never needing to consider spending thousands of pounds on a boob job and have always carried a little extra comfort around my tummy too. 
No matter how much I try and change this through a sustainable healthy diet, and regular excise, and whilst this may get rid of the cake shop, I am still left with a muffin top on my best days. * sigh *
But it would seem that maybe I was overlooking that cliched saying about healthy living being a lifestyle and not just good habits because as soon as my lifestyle changed, so did the way my body reacted to my healthy eating,exercise and SLEEP (because my new job allows me real life rest!!)  and at 22, I am finally feeling excited about being in my bikini, happy to embrace the fact that I have a womanly body, and I actually feel sexy for a (very nice) change. Something I am 100% counting as an achievement! Pass the bubbles! 

This was an iced coffee and I had to try and get the cream off the top, but we can pretend it’s bubbly can’t we? Let a girl have a dream!

At the top of my list for things that I really felt I needed to get in place this year, was routine. I was all over the place, I have been for a very long time now. I haven’t settled on anything, in anywhere, even into how I felt about myself.
The only thing I have been certain of is my boyfriend who has been my absolute rock these past few years, and he can attest to how up and down, here and there, and upside down I have been over time. The relief of knowing that I have regular work, that I don’t have to go back to London, that I can get myself from A-B, to know that I don’t work past my scheduled hours is just life changing. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to settle before! 

I’ve had yoga on the list of things to get into for a while now, and whilst I’m not into chanting or looking for any higher power, I am thoroughly enjoying my weekly stretch session on a Saturday morning. It’s feeling like a really good way to wind down the week after all my other high intensity classes and work my body out in a different way. I’ve wanted to try something like this for such a long time that it actually feels like an achievement rather than just starting something new!

And there we have it. A little round up of some goals I set, and reached within the first half of the year. I don’t know how I can beat this list in the second half of the year, but we’ll just have to wait and see won’t we…I hope that this inspires someone else to keep striving for the aims that they are setting no matter how hard the climb may be.