New Year and Resolutions for 2014

As seems to be becoming a recurring pattern during my masters – I have time then I have none! So I’m here, apologising again for my extended silence on my poor blog but a New Year means a New opportunity to prioritise and re-motivate myself!

2013 has been a monumental year universally with the death of one of the worlds greatest Peace advocates and Humanitarians, Nelson Mandela through to the scientific developments seen with the lunar landing of Curiosity on Mars and the discoveries which have came from its successful landing through to the nerd-tastic developments with the growth of comic-con in the UK and ALL the BOOKS!!

But it has a huge year for me personally. And I feel that I have grown so much as a person and I feel that I have gotten braver and broaden my experiences so much and made myself proud!
As in July I graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Bachelors in History despite having a mild panic attack during my dissertation, panic induced more from a fear from leaving education for the first time and having to decide what I was going to do with my life.

It was this fear which caused my to finally pursue my Publishing dreams and applied to a Publishing Masters programme at Edinburgh Napier University. Investing in my future, I moved country and entered an entirely new course which has been an interesting and enjoyable experience despite my introduction to the Mac which has been an experience to say the least. As historians tend to fear computers in favour of text books which is definitely still my comfort zone 😀 but I have been able to adapt surprising myself and even influencing my future career aspirations.

I know in comparison to some people, even some of the lovely girls I have met and befriended in my course, who have travelled miles further and committed to a larger move etc. (Kudos ladies). But for myself I know I have been sheltered by my family. Especially by my dad who turned me into a little bit of a bubble wrap child. And I love my family and appreciate how much they have helped me throughout my education but I realised I needed to make a change for the better and allow myself to grow and become more independent. And in regards to my comment about becoming Braver, I know I have always been a little bit of a Bambi in a rather loud and boisterous family. And moving away has shocked a lot of people and “staying away” has surprised even more. But I didn’t want to become another member of my family who has been born, raised and stayed in my town all their lives, I want to see the world and experience new cultures and simply learn as much as I can.

So my resolutions for this year are quite simple and I am focusing more on just enjoying where I am right now and making the most of the opportunities in front of me in definition:
Carpe Diem!
Which translated from Latin means “Seize the Day!” Which is basically the Renaissance way of saying Yolo which I hope is a term which dies in 2014 😀
Instead of focusing on my fears and allowing my anxiety which I rarely talk about to anyone, take over I am going to focus on making the most of the present because as Eleanor Roosevelt said,

“Today is a gift that’s why we call it the Present.”

This means living my life to the full but also simply being happy because it is the things we don’t do which we will regret later in life and if I have some of this moments I regret missing now at 21 – I simply don’t want to add to this list!

Okay this is getting wayyyy too deep so ill finish here with my book/blog resolution. I cant promise to read a new book every month but I aim to post a blog bi-monthly. And have a book review every other month! fingers crossed!!

Finishing with the man who always says these things best….
neil gaiman

Love you all and be happy
And please let me know what your resolutions are or if you do resolutions?

Maebhe x


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