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2017; a year to be better

HAPPY NEW YEAR, PEOPLE!!! It’s pretty much universally agreed that 2016 was an awful year. Too much death, from every sort of problem you can imagine. I feel like we’ve suffered enough, and 2017 has got to be better. It owes us, right? 

What I’d usually do at this point is make a long list of resolutions, ranging from achievable goals like learning a new skill, to bigger ones like stopping myself from stressing. Next year, though, is the biggest change I’ve had since I was about 5. I’m going to university. A different education system, a different home, different people that I’ve never met. It’s a scary and exciting prospect, but it means I have no idea how to write a resolutions list. I don’t know what my life is going to be like! What I’ve got instead is this; 


And I can try to break that down a bit more. 

Something I only realised at the end of high school is how many opportunities I let just pass me by. It was about adjusting to start with, then being busy with school work, having a social life, etc etc. I don’t want that to happen at uni! I want to get out there, join groups, go to parties, and just not be afraid to put myself out there and try new things. More specifically, I want to start playing netball again, and try out a couple of other groups. Ideally I’d like one of these to be something completely new, unlike netball which I’m getting back into. Orientation week should help me work out what there is on offer. 

dancingIn a social side, I want to be brave by being me. Just go and talk to people, and have the confidence that the person I am is going to be likable to at least some people. Of course not to everyone, but hey, that’s okay! My best friend or my true love could be sitting right there, and I might not have the courage to say anything. I’m not letting that sort of thing pass me by!

It’s also really important that I learn how to ask for help. I talked about this ridiculousness over here, basically saying that I need to stop this stigma about mental health being something to hide, or something that has an easy fix. And next year, even I’m not going to professionals, I want to admit that I’m struggling. Hopefully, of course, my mental health won’t be that bad, but chances are I’ll still need help with things like school work, or my social life, or balancing everything. I want to be brave enough to admit that I’m not a superhero, and let other people help me. It’s hard to learn, but I refuse to let myself crumble because of dumb pride. 

Like I said, it’s hard to write set goals because my life is such a mystery for me. Maybe I’ll do some updated goals, who knows? This is what I’ve got for now though! Let me know what your goals are, and link me to your posts if you’ve done one! 



I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

15 thoughts on “2017; a year to be better

  1. Happy New Year to you too, Victoria!
    I agree that 2016 wasn’t the greatest year, and it felt like it was bad for our history and the world. I hope that 2017 will be better – for all of us and the world too.

    One of my goals is to be brave too. ❤ I'm returning to study next year, so while I'm excited, I'm also pretty scared because there will be a lot of things that are new to me. But, I wish you all the courage and happiness for this year. 🙂 All the best!

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    1. Yeah, I feel like it’s definitely a year that people are going to look back on as pretty monumental in our history. Hopefully some good is going to come out of it in the future…
      Good luck for next year! It’ll be absolutely terrifying for both of us to be doing new things, but I believe in us 🙂

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  2. You do what you think is best for you, Ithink the best way to look at things I to imagine a visible injury (eg. a broken leg) you’d never just leave your leg and hope it’ll heal itself. Going to people for help isn’t weak, it’s strong. It takes a lot to ask for help, just know that we all want what’s best for you, we may not be close but I’m always here if you need someone
    I’m terrible and never make goals till mid May… I should start early but I can never think of anything at the time. My little cousins are 7 and have new years resolutions!
    – Yasmin

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    1. That’s a really good way of thinking about it! And logically I know I should ask for help, but when it comes down to it I just don’t… Thank you so so much, that’s really appreciated ❤
      I'm not sure where you're from, but I think if you're in the northern hemisphere making goals mid-year actually makes a lot more sense! I make goals now because a new school year starts for me in February, so it makes sense. But if your summer break is in June/July, having goals for that school year makes more sense! I'm very impressed by your cousins haha 🙂

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  3. I loved reading this post so much, I’m with you on all of this, go and conquer 2017! Hope that it’ll be a great year ahead, and that you’ll be able to face whatever challenge life throws at you. Good luck with your life at your University, change may be hard at first but you can do it just be brave! ❤

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  4. Happy New Year, Victoria! 🙂
    I can understand that the prospect of leaving your home and going to a University can be really stressful. I was in the very same position as yours, about a year and a half ago. I can tell you this that in the time to come you’ll learn to value yourself, your family and friends more and that you’ll understand life in better terms. Your goal of being brave is inspiring as you have to valiantly move forward. You have my best wishes. Just be yourself, everything else will fall into place.
    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead of happy reading and blogging.
    Have a nice day 😀

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    1. Yeah, it is really stressful! It’s really comforting to hear from people that have survived it 🙂 I really hope the experience is the same for me! Thank you so much for this really lovely comment, it’s hugely appreciated!

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