Seventeen has been a crazy age but it is coming to an end. On Friday I will officially be an adult and turning over a new year in my life. However, I thought it would be nice to round up 10 moments from seventeen. This year has been hugely transformative for me, I have definitely developed and matured in new ways so it is exciting to be turning the big 18 at the end of the week.
LEARNED TO DRIVE
One of my biggest highlights from seventeen and one of the best things I have ever done. Learning to drive not only gave me a skill I had always wanted to do, but it taught me a lot about myself. I faced a lot of failure and had to bounce back quickly in order to achieve the goal… passing my test. We finally got there on my third attempt and I am so so grateful for being able to drive. It has given me so much freedom and flexibility, allowing me to become more independent.
WENT SELF HOSTED
This may seem like a small blogging achievement to some, but going self-hosted was huge for me. I’ve only been self-hosted for a couple of months, but I’m so glad I made that step. I was putting it off for so long and then just one afternoon, I took the plunge. And I’m so glad I did. Being self-hosted has given me so much more freedom with my blog, it has given me a new direction, one that I feel is true to myself.
SECURED A PART-TIME JOB
I have been working part-time for all of seventeen. Starting out on a zero hours contract, working in hospitality, to now finishing probation for company that treats me well and has taught me so much. Although only part-time, starting a job really put me out of my comfort zone. I had to depend on myself, make new friends and take on a responsibility. However, I am so glad to have had all of these experiences and to be where I am right now.
APPLIED TO UNIVERSITY
Finally hitting that send button on the UCAS application form was such a relief. From crying over my personal statement to having an identity crisis over who I want to be, I finally applied to university. And I got in, which is even crazier. After much time to consider, I will finally be studying Mathematics at the University of Liverpool in September 2020, which is crazy to say but I’m so flippin’ excited.
FINISHED SIXTH FORM
Although sixth form ended unexpectedly, I still completed it at seventeen. I never thought I’d go to sixth form, never mind studying four A-Levels but I’m so glad I did. It was because of sixth form that I decided to apply to university, to study further maths A-Level, to then applying to study mathematics. So it has been a crazy journey but still a great way to end compulsory education.
So obviously, I haven’t celebrated my own 18th at seventeen but I have been able to celebrate all of my friend’s birthdays over the last year. All of which have been so fun and some amazing memories were made. It has definitely been a highlight of this year.
DISCOVERED A LOVE FOR FOOTBALL
I never thought I would say this, but I love football and although this started before seventeen, my love for the sport has only grown. Mainly because I got to see my first ever live football match this year and it was incredible. Growing up supporting Liverpool Football Club, I never thought I’d understand the hype but after seeing Anfield in person, watching every match, I now understand. I could talk about it all day, but it really is true when they say LFC is a family, it really is and I am so passionate about the club and what they do for the community. It also helps that we won the league this year !
GOT A BIT BETTER AT SEWING
I’m putting an exaggeration on ‘a bit’ because I am far from perfect. But having not done textiles since I was 14, I think it is an improvement. One of my regrets in school was not taking textiles because as much as I loved fashion, I was trying to keep my opinions open but I always wanted to learn how to sew. But I really gave myself a push this year in trying to learn something new. Especially through lockdown, I’ve been able to sew up new things, and some of them actually fit which is great. Like I said, there is a lot left to learn but I’m so glad that I’ve started.
THREW AN AMAZING PARTY
I’ve never actually organised an event myself until the start of this year, but my brother and I, in January, were able to pull off a surprise birthday party for my mum’s 50th. Although so super stressful, I’m so glad we did it and it is still my biggest highlight of 2020 so far. Being able to see all of my family in one place and to give my mum such a great night was so rewarding.
STARTED MY BODY POSITIVITY JOURNEY
A little self development point here, but at seventeen, I really started to learn what it truly meant to love yourself and the body you are in. Growing up, I was insecure about anything possible, weight, acne, personality, intellect, all of it, I was ashamed of. But from getting older, I have become much more accepting of who I am and the things I can’t change. Especially at seventeen though, I have learned to love the body I’m in and I’ve been able to share this on my blog and social media. This is only the start of the journey though so there is still a lot of growth to do but I’m so glad I made those first few steps.
I loved writing this post and I really hope you all enjoyed reading it. Seventeen has definitely been a wild ride and hopefully eighteen will bring on many more adventures!
Lots of love,