Hey everyone! I hope you're all well and had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year for tomorrow! I've been home this past week and it's been really nice! I've been spending lots of quality time with my family and I've been seeing my friends a lot and I've gone out for drinks a few times and Salsa dancing which was so much fun!
I've been umming and ahhing about whether to write a recap of the year this year.. basically my year has been pretty tough but at the same time I'm glad that I went through it all and I'm feeling so much better now! The year started off with my joints still in bad health from last year but I managed to have steroid injections into both of my ankles earlier in the year which helped improve them a lot!
And then I think the stress of being poorly and in constant pain as well as my stressful PhD and a lack of confidence in myself left me questioning whether I wanted to carry on my PhD or whether I should quit. I felt like I was cheating as I'm not as smart as everyone else at work and where I was struggling with my health for the majority of my PhD I felt like I couldn't cope with everything. After quite a few tears I spoke to everyone at work and they were so lovely and understanding and I learnt that it was okay to ask for help, to take sick days when I need it or to do office based work rather than in the lab on painful days and that I need to stop comparing myself to everyone, which is easier said than done XD
And then I had the classic heartbreak, which was very shit to be honest but I'm getting there :) And I'm so grateful for all of my amazing friends who have helped me through it! It really makes a difference when you have a great support network around you and I'm so glad that I can call them my friends :)
But apart from all of those negatives I've been doing okay! I'm enjoying my PhD more now and I recently won an award for the research that I'm doing! I'm so glad that I stuck it out and I'm enjoying it a lot more! I've got a busy year of lab work left before I start writing my final thesis so there's not long left now :) I've been spending more time with my family and friends which is always great! I did consider quitting my blog as I didn't have anyone to take photos for me and it was something that we used to do together but my mum, brother and best friends have been really helpful and they've taken over that role which only makes me love them even more! And since then I've had some cool blogging opportunities, such as being sent some makeup and I recently went to the Vuelio blog awards which was a fun night! I went to two weddings over the summer, both were absolutely beautiful! I've been doing lots of crochet with mum, spending some quality time with her and I find it really relaxing! I've also started playing the piano more, and it's made me realise that one day I'd like to find someone who enjoys listening to me play and will ask me to play for them :) I've started going to gym with a PhD friend and I'm so glad that I can now call her one of my close friends! The gym has really helped to clear my mind and to release those endorphins so I'm glad that I have that as an outlet! So actually, my year has been okay! I'm in much better health now, I've got amazing friends and family and it won't be long before I'm Dr. Krstic! In the meantime I need to focus on myself and to become the best version of myself that I can and everything else will fall in to place naturally :)