It’s 01:51am and I was watching a few YouTube videos, namely Hannah Witton, (who is officially addressed as the-best-sex-and-relationships-influencer according to Cosmopolitan) where she mentioned her latest blog post in which she reflected upon 2016’s resolutions. And then I got thinking… and I carried on thinking, and I thought even more… I couldn’t for the life of me even remember what I said was my 2016 goals were.
I merely assumed that I was awful at keeping resolutions which in retrospect, I’m probably correct in saying so; I break them, I forget them, I stop putting effort in them. In Twenty Sixteen, I made six ‘goals’ (resolution sounded too scary for little seventeen year old me):
TO BECOME MOTIVATED and perhaps actually do some college work and pass my AS Media exam.
Well, you could argue that I did keep this resolution. I did pass my AS Media exam. It was initially marked at a grade C (‘C’ obviously being an abbreviation for ‘COOL’ because my music magazine coursework project was waaaaaaay too bloody cool. My classic rock magazine had a masthead protruding from a stereo). It got sent back to the exam board for another grading- I ended up with a B. It still isn’t an amazing grade but that’s what you get when you become too distracted by the Zumba class that was happening next door to the exam room.
TO BLOG WEEKLY. I’m determined to make this one happen. It bloody will happen and it will be bloody great.
Okay, so maybe I didn’t keep this one. I blogged weekly until the end of May. I have no excuses. I am an embarrassment.
TWELVE THEATRE TRIPS because I love theatre and that makes me happy. Six productions booked… another six to go.
Ladies and gentleman, I well and truly smashed this resolution. Blown it to smithereens. Trumped it. Stamped on it. Achieved it in the West End alone. Twenty five shows. In 2016, I saw:
- Phantom of the Opera (x5)
- Les Miserables (x4)
- Wicked (x2)
- Miss Saigon
- Murder Ballad
- Sweeney Todd
- The Sound of Music
- Avenue Q
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- Strictly Musicals
- Woman in Black
- Dirty Dancing
- The Commitments
- Sunny Afternoon
I neeeeeeeeeeed to beat this record in 2017. I purely have to because life can’t get much better than this.
SAVE MONEY, SAVE MONEY, SAVE MONEY because I’d love to make it to university one day.
I haven’t not saved money. Double negatives are all we need in life.
Touchy subject much like the almost-disaster in November when my bank texted me to say that nearly £2000 has been used from my account in an online transaction with PayPal. Not fun that, especially two days before your 18th birthday. End of the story: it was a fraudulent text message sent via the bank’s official line of communication. My heart fell out of my bottom, literally.
WRITE REVIEWS because I’m bad at reviewing things and practice makes perfect.
I had actually written quite a few theatre reviews in 2016 for Les Mis, Phantom, Sweeney Todd and Miss Saigon. Not too shabby, I must admit. I read a book that I really enjoyed and shared my thoughts about it afterwards on this beloved blog. That counts as a review, surely?!
BECOME MORE SOCIABLE and make an effort to go out more.
I feel like I have well and truly become a heck of a lot more sociable since turning 18. I can’t remember the last Friday evening I spent wrapped up in my duvet writing a blog post to be published in the same night. I’m in a very committed relationship with alcohol and nights-out at this current moment in time. Don’t worry, I haven’t gone off the rails.
I think that it’s safe to say that perhaps I don’t suck as much as I thought I did when it comes to New Year resolutions. Roll on 2o17. Please treat me kindly. Xxx