The second half of 2017 was interesting. I came across some great opportunities and took them, but also faced quite a few challenges. The last three months were mentally and physically draining, which is why I decided to take it easy in 2018. Also, if you live in the UK, you probably remember that a rather nasty flu was taking over just after the Christmas period. Well, it hit me pretty hard, meaning that I spent NYE hallucinating due to an incredibly high fever and was bed-bound for over a week. However, this whole situation made me think: it can only get better. And it did! I was offered a position to work for the English Heritage, took some defining decisions regarding my personal life, and here I am giving this blog another go! I feel like I was putting too much pressure on myself when it came to this blog, so I decided to detach it from Twitter and focus less on the “serious” content. I’m not going to make any promises about the frequency of my posts, but right now I feel like I want to write more about my life, what I get up to, what I read, and some articles related to the English Heritage and how it’s like to work in a historical propriety.
At some point in the second semester of 2017, I made an Instagram account dedicated to books. I now post pictures of my country walks and other similar things as well, but the book photographs are still very much present! It’s been fun and I use it frequently – let’s face it, it’s easier to keep up with than a blog. I also had a great time discovering some accounts, so I’m planning on sharing my favourite here sometime soon.
2017 was also a decent reading year. I managed to read 54 books in total and enjoyed the great majority. I am currently reading a selection of poems by Robert Burns and will then start a collection of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales. The second book made its way into my reading list when I started to study Scottish Gaelic. I am doing so on my own, but the website LearnGaelic has been incredibly helpful! Who knows, that might be something else for me to incorporate into this blog!
I hope you have a wonderful 2018!