Well, I guess this is a very predictable post to be writing on the 1st of January, but I feel like it's an important one for me to write so here it is! 2013 has been a funny old year for me; I graduated with an MSc and got my first "proper" job - although it is in retail and it's only part-time, and in fact it finishes on Saturday. I've been thrown head-first into the real world and I'm not altogether sure I like it! I'm definitely cut out for being a student, where it is acceptable to spend your days eating toast in your onesie and reading about brains. However, it is nice to have a little bit more money coming in each month and it was wonderful to be able to afford to buy the kids some decent gifts this Christmas - we didn't go overboard but there was a bit less pressure on us than there was last year when we were living on my boyfriend's wages alone.
In 2014, I'm starting a new job (as soon as I can get my references sorted!) working with dementia patients - I have to admit to being a little uncertain about it, but I know it will be good experience for what I want to do in the long term and it pays a bit better than my current (temporary) job, too. We'll see how it goes, I may end up loving it, but again it's only part-time so it will give me plenty of time to look around for something more "me".
And of course, it wouldn't be New Year without Resolutions; generally, I'm the person saying that my New Year's Resolution is to not make any New Year's Resolutions, but this year I've actually given the matter some thought and there are a couple of things I want to work on.
2. Sit down with my boyfriend and go through our finances - I want to work out how much we have coming in per month, how much we're spending, and how much we can reasonably afford to save - then start doing it. I'm going to set up a standing order to a savings account and put a little away each month. There're so many things I want to be able to do, not least buy our own home and have children, and it's important to me that we can afford to do so. So 2014 will be the year we start saving!
3. Keep working on my CV and looking for my dream job. I'm not yet sure what my dream job is, exactly, but I know it's going to be working with brain injury, either patient-centred or in research. I've been doing some voluntary work with individuals with brain injury, and my new job will also add to my CV, but I want to keep trying to make it stronger and applying for jobs in the field.
4. Work on my blog - I was really happy mid-year with where my blog was heading, but since starting working and especially towards the end of the year I feel like I've stagnated a little. I really love blogging and have never kept up a hobby this long before (it's two and half years since I started Just Jess!) so I want to work on making this little space into something I'm proud of again. I'd like to improve my content, have a greater range of features and topics, and work on interacting more with other bloggers as the community aspect is one of my favourite parts of blogging!
So, that's what I'll be working on in 2014 - have you made any New Year's Resolutions? I'd love to read about them so please leave me a link if you've done a similar post! All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy 2014 - may it bring you only good things. Thank you all for sticking with my all this time, it means a lot, and I hope you'll stay with me into the new year as I'm excited about all the new things to come.
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