23:30

December is almost over! Today was my last day of work for the year and I am looking forward to going home and spending time with my family.

The past month has sped by and I’ve been the busiest at work ever! I am ready to relax and not think about work until 2019!

22:19

Is it really almost the end of January already? The days are flying by!

For me January is never an exciting month. After a hectic December I normally spend January sinking back into my normal day-to-day routine. Work is the same old grind: waking up to an alarm, taking the bus to the office, working throughout the day, and then returning home in the evening. Leisure times remain similar: reading, blogging thoughts, watching shows and Youtube videos, swimming, and occasionally babysitting my relatives.

January sometimes feels like the filler month before the year really gets going. I have plans scheduled for the rest of the year however my January calendar page remains empty. People talk about new beginnings and starting afresh in January, but for me it is a return to the old. It is a return to what I know, to how I have lived in the past, and is the waiting room for the rest of the year to start.

20:59

As 2016 draws to a close a million reflective questions come to mind.

  • Did I make the most of this year?
  • What were my most memorable moments?
  • What have I achieved?
  • What things will I change for 2017?
  • What events do I have to look forward to in the coming year?

While I cannot give definite and concise answers to these questions, they probe deeper thought and reflection on the past 12 months.

Here’s to rounding off 2016!

21:20

Winding down to the end of the year always gets me feeling reflective. I remember the end of 2014 had me stressed and uncertain, whereas this year end is a little different. Gone are my studying days with sleepless nights and dissertation worries, but work stresses and struggles have replaced them.

As my working year is brought to a close, I reflect on my working life thus far. I have had one previous job fresh out of university, and my current job which I have been at for almost 4 months. Time has passed quickly and slowly all the same. I have counted down weeks till my next day of annual leave and simultaneously had days/weeks that fly by. My graduation from university was now 5 months ago and my dissertation deadline 8. This year has been an incredible one and I look forward to all the new (and old) things to come in the new year of 2016.