Aims & achievements: reflecting on 2017 ✨

Starting my blog

On the 21st of January 2017, I wrote my first blog post and started up my instagram account. Since then, however clichéd it might sound, I’ve never looked back. It’s had it’s positives and negatives for sure, but it’s brought me into contact with so many amazing people and companies that I can’t wait to carry on collaborating with. In this post I’ve highlighted some of my achievements for the year as well as aims for the future, so I hope you enjoy reading it. There’s also a short survey at the bottom which I’d love for you to fill out to help me curate more content you want to read!

I thought I’d start by outlining my top 5 posts in case you wanted to check them out – some of them are from quite a while back!

  1. Banoffee Pie Oats– by far my most popular post! Dessert for breakfast is always a good idea 😉
  2. Coffe and Date porridge – number 2 is another oat recipe, so you guys clearly love oats!
  3. Why I don’t follow a specific diet – I think what people liked about this post was how I cleared up a few things about my diet and having a healthy mindset around food. Not all my meals are porridge/ healthy/ aesthetic!
  4. How to manage stress – the name is pretty self-explanatory 🙂
  5. The importance of self-love as a runner – one of my first posts, but also probably one of my bests (asides from the photos… I guess I upped my game!)

my cute animal toasts

Running achievements

I don’t often write about my running achievements just because I never want to seem arrogant or entirely self-centred. Sometimes, however, I do think it can be a positive thing to share progress with others and recognise your own achievements. I’m not going to drag on about what I’ve achieved this year in detail, but my top 2 running achievements were:

  1. Racing in the English Schools XC Championships (Read more here)
  2. Getting a 5-minute 1500m
  3. Going sub-20 in parkrun

photo from my race in Aldershot

Personal efforts

For me, volunteering in Sri-Lanka this summer was my most rewarding experience of the year. Not only was the food and environment incredible, but the people we were working with were so humble and it was such a self-furthering trip that I’ll never forget. If you want to read more of what I got up to out there, click here to be directed to my post dedicated to the trip.

As well as Sri-Lanka, I think getting through the whole beginning of U6th in general has been an impressive effort. With UCAS, A-level pace picking up and Uni admissions tests/ submitted work/ possibly interviews, it’s a pretty busy time. There were days when I really didn’t think I would get through it all, but I did. I know I’ve gone on about it, but it’s something that I’ve found hard to reward myself for and so by sharing my experience I’m hoping to recognise my efforts and encourage you to as well.

lil throwback to Sri Lanka

Aims for the future…

2018 is the year for me (school-wise). I’m coming into the home-straight of my school years, which means A-levels are fast approaching and I’ll (hopefully) be ready to take the next step by making it into Uni. As well as A-levels, I’ve got the half-marathon in February which I’m both super excited and nervous about. Training is starting to get seriously tough, but there’s still just under 2 months to go. Aims are: to not get injured or burnt out before the big day.

Besides the half, I’ve got a lot of important school and club XC races coming up. It’ll be hard juggling it all, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the next few months take me. I’m definitely aiming to sign-up for another 10km road race to see if I can get my time down from last year. Running aside, however, I’m hoping to complete the 3-peaks challenge in the summer. It basically entails attempting to climb (up and down) the 3 highest peaks in England (Scarfell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon) within 24 hours. This includes the driving times between the peaks. I know it’ll be hard, but with some good friends and determination it could (maybe!) happen.

smoothie bowl I showed you how to decorate on my story this morning

Lastly

I just want to thank all of you for your support so far in my blogging journey. The 1-year anniversary is coming up soon, at which point there may or may not be a giveaway. I’d really appreciate it if you could fill out the short survey below to help me carry on creating content that you want to see. I’ve loved hearing from you and you’ve been an amazing bunch, so I hope you’ll keep following me on my journey!

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Emma ♥♥