My personal highlights of 2018

2018 was here and then as soon as we got used to the idea of it, it soon left us. The years do seem to go by a lot quicker nowadays. It’s a shame as I didn’t get everything that I wanted to get done, but I probably would have needed an extra 11 months to get that done. But this post isn’t about anything’s I wish I had done, I feel it is good to talk about the positives, so here are a few things that I have done this year that I am excited or proud about!

I bought my first home

I had one main aim last year and it was to finalise the purchase of my family home from my dad. He knew that he was going to move to a bungalow due to his bad knees and also knew that I wanted to buy my own home, so it made sense for me to buy it from him and as he put it “have a nice wee first home that you know”. He isn’t wrong, I know everything about the house, I know the area and most importantly I like the area. Trying to get all of the paperwork completed was a bit of a hassle as I was messed around a little with a bank, but once I switched and got into the ISA to by your home (if you are wanting to buy a home or it is in your plans, then you should get one that one sharpish!) Everything became smooth sailing and we actually got the house sorted on his birthday, so I truly spoilt him on his birthday this year!

 

He has said that that the home will be a great first home for Victoria and myself, but that we could use the money from selling the house for a deposit for our family home if we have children etc. (he plans ahead my old man). I stubbornly told him that I would not sell the house (I mean I do have another 900 odd years left on the land rights) but if I ever moved that I would rent the house and try and use the rent from the first home to help pay the mortgage of the second one to lessen the costs. I would like to keep my family home, in my family and it might be a silly thing to think. But I enjoy owning the house I grew up in and I would be very reluctant to sell it. I think it was a big thing to do, especially as so few young people buy a home at the minute. A definite highlight!

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I got a new job

If you have been following the blog for a while you will know I used to work in cinemas for over 10 years. I had always said I wanted to try a more stable job schedule-wise and in April it finally happened! There was a little while I didn’t think it would, but currently, I am in a 9-5 office job and honestly? I like it, I am not doing the same thing again and again which I had feared coming from such an unpredictable environment as cinema management, but it’s very good! I eventually have other aspirations as most people do, but I think the adaptation has been smooth. Plus you have no idea how nice it is to have evenings and weekends to do what you like!

I recently had Christmas off for the first time in 15 years and I literally had to plan out what I should do as I have never had a week off over Christmas and New Year! It was weird, but wonderful and helped me come in nice and fresh for 2019. I know these type of jobs aren’t for everyone, but to have a permanent structured job is quite lovely.

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I am planning my first holiday away with Victoria

New York and Toronto here we come! What started off as a little chat about how much it would cost quickly turned to it being booked and both of us investigating where we can go, what we can do. Spoiler we are running two races while there (10k and a 5k) Meeting Victoria’s Canadian bestie and eating vegan, gluten-free doughnuts! Victoria is very excited for a number of these btw, guess which!

The only thing I really need to do is to decide to pay for the hotels now or later, two are definites as one is accidentally smack bang in an area with dozens of food and health places and the other is the Toronto hotel which again totally accidentally is the same hotel her friend will be staying at while we hang! The rest of this month and into Feb I think I will start sorting small things, like tickets for events we want to go to, passes etc. I think it is wise to go there without having to mess about hoping to get tickets the simple things. I like to be prepared, but not too prepared…

I have it done as a highlight for last year as it will be Victoria and my self’s first holiday away together (proper holiday) and I think booking it so early kind of gave us a little boost for the rest of the year. I know it did for me!

I got a grip of my weight and started to see an improvement

Last year was basically a write off for my weight loss ambitions and overall fitness, but I kept trying and finally, in December it all seemed to come together a little bit. My diet was on track and I didn’t gain any weight over Christmas and I felt confident for 2019 that my weight loss would actually happen. Even as writing, I know my fitness has improved and I have been steadily losing an lb here and an lb there. I think I had to get my head in place for everything to start working and bloody finally that is happening and if I can get anywhere near how I was in 2016 by the end of the year I will know that I have to thank December 2018 for being the turning point.

What did you do last year that you are proud of? It could be the tiniest of things, just let me know below!

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