HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
There’s no denying that 2020 was a notoriously difficult year for everyone. We’ve just been placed in Tier 4 restrictions (which means yet more shielding and working from home for my poor boyfriend) meaning that 2021 won’t be starting with a bang. But I’m hopeful that with the rolling out of the vaccines will mean that life will be able to return to some level of normality soon. Although it’s been a year where I’ve only been able to see my family twice, I’ve struggled a lot with pain, anxiety and sleep issues, and I’ve cried quite a bit… There have been some positives that have come about this year, and I thought I’d share them… mainly for myself so I can look back at all the good that came from a bad situation when I’m having a down day.
January – I went on a trip to London with uni and had a really lovely time. This was obviously before Covid hit, but it was one of the first and last ‘normal’ activities I did this year. Also in January my boyfriend’s family moved house. This turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise (at the time nobody wanted to move). I genuinely can’t imagine spending lockdown in that old house. So grateful for the new house.
February – I can’t really think of anything that happened in February. I did my first ever Park Run. I went and saw my family for a few days at the very end of February (not realising at the time that would be the last time I saw them until August). I was also really starting to enjoy university and I was working really hard. I don’t know if I’ve explained on here before but second year at university was extremely difficult for me mentally and physically. I wasn’t in a good place and I really wanted to drop out. The tutors I had at the time were absolutely NOT understanding of me having a chronic illness and quite frankly couldn’t care less about me or my wellbeing.
March – I bought lots of books from charity shops, made my bookshelf a rainbow and lived in blissful ignorance that the coronavirus was just a cold. When lockdown hit I was at my boyfriends and this is where I’ve been ever since. He can’t get rid of me now.
April – A tricky month for obvious reasons. But in April I started going for runs and walks and managed a few times to run 5km – pretty impressive for someone whose foot only half works. I was working seriously hard at this point to get my degree finished.
May – We built a swing chair for the garden. The back of our garden is a complete sun trap and it was so nice to relax and read on those hot days. I also accidentally walked 11km one day whilst I was supposed to be finishing up my uni work.
June – I HANDED IN MY DEGREE! This was honestly something I never thought I’d be able to do. During second year I thought I’d end up dropping out.. But my parents didn’t raise a quitter and I managed to get it all finished. The biggest sigh of relief ever.
July – I graduated with a 2:1 in Architecture!! I mean… I haven’t actually had a graduation.. yet.. but apparently it’ll happen. I cried many happy tears, applied for my dream Masters course and got myself a little summer job working in the Admissions department of my uni.
August – I worked a lot. I read a lot. I got accepted onto the masters degree I applied for. I was able to see my family. Eat out to help out and the end of shielding meant that my boyfriend and I could actually go outdoors and not just for walks (where I thought Covid was gone and life was back to normal lol poor Leah) Things were great to be honest.
September – I started my masters degree and I’ve absolutely loved it since the moment I first stepped into the classroom. My classes are face to face on campus, I’m very lucky
October – It was my birthday. I received lots of books as part of a Birthday Book Group I’m in on Instagram. I also really started to accept myself for who I am and what I look like. Bought myself some clothes that actually fit in the size I am, rather than the size I think I am. It was also mine and my boyfriend’s 5th anniversary. We spent a few days in Northumberland and it was BLISS to get away, especially after all of those months shielding.
November – Looking back through my photos and I can’t really find anything of note that happened in November. I just worked a lot, handed in assignments and read a lot. I think I hit my 2020 reading goal in November though! I can’t remember whether it was late November or early December, but Mbawa Books asked me to join their little team as their social media content creator.
December – I received fantastic grades for the 3 assignments I submitted. I FINALLY saw a new consultant for my foot and walked out of that hospital with a diagnosis after 6 years in pain. The admissions department I worked for over summer asked to have me back for a week.. that week has now become 2 months. It’s really reassuring to know that I’ll have some extra money in at least January – March.