I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2021! So much has happened this year, and we’ve gone from a state of lockdown, to no rules, to whatever situation we are in now. It’s been a crazy year for everyone!
The second half of 2021 saw a bit of hope and fun for us all. Here in the UK, we spent all of our time in lockdown until May, and then the rules fully-lifted in July- on my birthday in fact! 2021 was a crazy, fun, exciting, scary, upsetting and unexpected year for me in my personal and work life.
In this post, I’ve come up with 21 things I’ve achieved in 2021. These are small things, but they all made up an important part of the past year!
I’ve found out how to find freelance gigs (just about)
It can be so hard to find freelance gigs online, so I’m so happy to have found a few regular clients this 2021.
I have a better idea of what I want to do with my life
When I finished University, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my career. Over the past year, I’ve managed to understand what I want to do and where I’d like my career to go- which is a big achievement for me!
I am independent
I moved out this 2021, and I love being a little more independent!
I’ve received all three covid vaccines
This isn’t really much of an achievement as everyone is in the same situation- but I am very happy to have as much protection as possible from covid this year!
I’ve managed to grow a supplementary income from my freelance work
It’s taken some time, but I’m very proud of everything I’ve achieved in my freelance work this year. I love building up this work, and I’ve achieved a small supplementary income too!
I now introduce myself as a freelance content writer
I’m just starting to introduce myself as a content writer, taking pride in the work I do and taking the time to explain my role to people.
I’ve become a VA for fellow bloggers (which I love!)
This is a big achievement as I love to work for other bloggers, helping them with everything they need for their blog. I love blogging for myself so why not help others too!
I’m on top of my skincare
I have a skincare routine that I love, and I got on top of it in 2021. After going on medication for my acne, I got it under control a little bit and I’ve managed to achieve a skincare routine that works for me.
I’ve gained more experience in writing
Before 2021, I had experience writing for my blog and other publications, but it’s this year that I’ve had the chance to try my hand at other forms of writing: such as content writing, ghost-writing and editing.
I feel more body and skin confident
2021 has been a bit of a journey when it comes to my body and skin confidence, and I now feel in a confident place- although this doesn’t mean I don’t have low days sometimes.
I went on a trip to London
My boyfriend and I went on a short weekend break to London, our first break together! It was lovely to finally visit all the tourist sites.
I’ve exercised more
I’ve moved out of my family home
This year I moved out my family home, and into a small flat with my boyfriend.
I’ve improved my diet- mostly!
As well as improving my exercise habits a little bit, I’ve tried my best to improve my diet by introducing a few healthy foods and trying to avoid unhealthy snacks when I’m working from home.
I go to bed earlier
This is something I’ve achieved with the help of my boyfriend, but I’ve started to go to bed earlier in 2021- and I feel so much better for it! It means I have more energy when I wake up in the morning, and I can spend more time reading before I sleep.
I get up at the same time everyday (more or less…)
I don’t have the best discipline when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning, but in 2021 I have got better at waking up and getting up at the same time everyday.
I’ve survived a long-distance relationship
I spent the majority of 2020 and the first half of 2021 in a long-distance relationship- the same time as the pandemic. My partner and I survived this long-distance relationship, and managed to bring it to an end this year.
I’ve opened a savings account
I’ve started to save up some money this 2021, and I opened a savings account to try and be a bit more sensible with my earnings.
I’ve had the chance to go out with friends
I’ve had chance to go out dancing, have a few drinks and get out for more meals with friends and family, and this is a huge achievement- in 2020 we could do barely anything!
I’m calmer (most of the time…)
I tend to overthink and panic about change, but (for the most part) I have become a lot calmer this 2021. I still feel overwhelmed sometimes, but I am better at handling it- and I am better at managing my overthinking than I used to be.
I’ve finally started to learn how to drive!
I never learned how to drive at the usual age, so this year I’ve finally taken the leap and I’m learning how to drive. I’ve been nervous about starting this skill, so this is a big achievement for me- and I hope to get further with my lessons in 2022!
What have you achieved this 2021? Have you achieved something big? What was your favourite thing about 2022?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x