Word of the Year 2017: Treasure

World of the Year 2017 - Treasure

The fact that is now almost a week into February tells you how well my year is going so far! January is always a messy month for me; something I’ve only just realised this year. It’s always a transitional and planning time, moving on from the old year and getting over the holidays. There’s usually travel involved as well, which comes from being in a couple residing in Scotland in which one person is from Scotland and the other is from England. This usually leads to me picking up germs from somewhere. What seems to be a chest infection took it’s time (painfully) building up before exploding over the weekend and I’m thankful that it at least seems to be moving on its own. I’m not against anti-biotics, but anyone with a bowel condition (like IBS) will tell you that sometimes they cause more aggro than they’re worth. In short, being so late with this post is annoying but not surprising. Hopefully now I’ve recognised what happens in January I can lessen the stress on myself and just go with the flow.

Going with the flow is kind of what my word of the year is all about. In December we had some horrible health news; my fiancé Chris has a very rare heart condition. One that comes with some very scary stuff. We’re still in the middle of hospital appointments right now, so we don’t know much and that alone can be even more scary. It was a wake up call, that’s for sure. We’ve been together 10 years this October, and 10 years ago before I met Chris some big changes happened in my life. I finished my first degree, I broke up from my (then) longest relationship (4 years) and moved back home to a very uncertain future. In the last decade I’ve come to realise the future always looks like that, but that was a big turning point in my life. I’ve spent that time with an amazing guy who looked after me as I healed and grew, and spent the entire time desperate to prove myself. To be worthy, to be able to say I’d accomplished great things, and most of all; striving to make myself better. Better? In what ways? Honestly, I don’t think I ever really knew. I had some healthy goals that I worked towards and reached, but otherwise I was trying to impress people who were long gone from my life or were never important anyway. As I wrote in my 30 thoughts on 30, growing older has helped put things in perspective but it was only December’s events that made me truly realise just how much I’ve been focusing on changing my life and not on what I have.

And that is how the word ‘Treasure’ came about. You can read more about what a word of the year is and it’s origins in this post from Abbey of the Arts. Last year was Evolve and I feel that even with the ups and downs 2016 did see me evolve and try new things. I’m not sure if I had a 2015 one, but 2014 was Change (you could argue that evolve is the same word, but for me they had very different meanings). But as you can see it was all about changing, transforming, making me into something else. I’m now past that stage, at least for the moment. I’m no longer cookie dough, I’m baked and I have found my various callings. I’ve found my niche with this blog, I’ve come to terms with my many disabilities and health issues and living with them, and I’ve found my calling as a Librarian. Am I complete? Probably not, and I honestly don’t think we as human beings ever are. What is important is to realise what we do have, what we have achieved and treasure all of it before it is gone. I’m done worrying about what people might think, of what they’re saying about me or whether they approve. I have a beautiful loving fiancé, two gorgeous annoying loveable furballs, supportive close family and crazy ass geeky friends who will get into all sorts of mischief with me, fangirl with me and keep me happy and sane.

I’m weird, I’m different, I’m completely geeky, I’m both introverted and extroverted.

I’m me.

Welcome to my 2017.

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5 Geeky Goals for 2017 [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - 2017 goals

I’m still playing catch up after the holidays so this is a few days late! As I’m going to be doing two other goal related posts, one for the new year and one for January, I decided to use this prompt to look at specifically fandom and nerdy related things I want to do in 2017.

 

Video Games

While World of Warcraft is usually my primary game, I do have a variety of games sitting around waiting for me to play. Chris and I often get stuff cheap in steam sales or Humble Bundles, as well as snatching up free games from Origin and Uplay. Last year I did terribly at finishing or even starting these games so 2017 I’m planning to finish 6 games. That’s 1 every 2 months roughly. I’m also planning to do more youtube stuff, for WoW and possibly other games!

 

Reading

I use Goodreads to track my reading and challenge myself to read so many every year. It keeps going up each year, with last year’s challenge being revised three times. I failed the third time, which is this years target of 300. I want to try to focus on finishing old series before I start new ones so I’ll be grabbing stuff from my local libraries and book mooch to finish those up (or get up to date). I also want to make my way through my massive amount of kindle books I’ve picked up for free from indie authors, so I’m going to be making ‘Book Bingo cards’ for some months. Here’s my January one!

 

Films

I’ve decided on a few film related goals for 2017, starting with watching every film we own. I’ve seen most of them, however, some I’ve slacked on and some were Chris’ before we got together and after almost 10 years together I still haven’t watched them. I also recall a conversation at uni last year with my classmates discussing ‘classic’ films, like A Clockwork Orange, and they were quite appalled at how many I’ve not seen. So I’m planning to remedy that! My idea of classic is probably not the same as everyone’s, and while there will be some old films from the 60’s and 70’s, I probably won’t be going much earlier. On top of these two goals, I want to catch up on films of some of my favourite actors. Some of them are no longer with us (Carrie Fisher, Robin Williams), while others (Harrison Ford) I’ve seen a lot of, but there’s still some I’ve not watched. Those are the few I can think of and will be my starting place for now!

 

Bullet Journal

I messed around with a notebook type bullet journal last year and found that having a nice bullet journal with a to do list for each week just doesn’t work for me. Incorporating the two just got messy and meant that I couldn’t keep things neat. So instead, that notebook is for notes and my weekly planner. I’ve bought a new, proper, dotted journal to keep an actual bullet journal for 2017.

 

Online Projects

2016 was a woefully fulfilling year for online projects, with my focusing on my Msc and my blog. I don’t have any major plans for new layouts for 2017, unless inspiration strikes, but I would like to change a few things around. Namely, my personal site photo gallery which doesn’t work and hasn’t for aggges. I want to move it to another script, and do the same with my screenshot and scan gallery. Speaking of scans; I have loads that need editing and made into png and brush packs for deviantArt. I’ve been slacking and would like to try to get into one a month. I have also been contemplating getting back into the fanlistings world for a while now. I left due to drama, but I’ve changed and I don’t think I’m going to take everything so seriously any more. I don’t intent to go crazy, just start out small and go from there.

Finally, I’ve been working on a big project that will either work really well or just collapse on itself. I started work on it a few years ago and it’s slowly bugging me that it’s still in limbo. I want to get it launched this year!

 

What do you think? Anything strike your fancy? I’ll be posting updates throughout the year so stay tuned 🙂

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My Goals for December

Monthly Goals December 2016

 

Novembers goals really helped me keep myself on a better schedule so I’m hoping this will do the same for December too!

Commenting

I managed to squeeze some comments in this month and I need to keep it up now that my blog scheduling is under control again.

 

Dissertation Prep

January marks the official  start of my dissertation after having the last four months off to rest and heal. I want to get my feet wet again and get some background research done before January comes around.

 

World of Warcraft

  • Finish my Druid class campaign.
  • Start levelling my Mage.
  • Finish Suramar quests on my Demon Hunter.
  • Get my Shadow and Holy artifacts on my priest (been delaying it as I need to record them).
  • Work on the two toy achievements: Hot Swapper and The Shortest Distance

 

Desk: Operation Make Up Storage

The next step of my desk set up is to move my make up from the bathroom and into my new desk. I’m still trying to decide whether it’s better to do that before Christmas, or afterwards. I’ve also got to work out how/where everything is going to go!

 

Product Reviews

Christmas means new stuff to review, so I want to play catch up and try to squeeze two in this month.

 

Make Up & Nail Art Tests

We’re going out for Christmas dinner so it’s the perfect excuse to dress up and go all out with make up and nail art. I want to test some new products I got for my birthday and try out some new nail art ideas. I’ll be posting them up on instagram and hopefully get some tutorials and blog posts out of it too!

 

January Reading Bingo

I first saw this over at Natalie’s Blog and as I told her, I need to do this! I have so much I want to read, especially indie/self published free books I’ve picked up and I have no idea where to start. So I want to create a bingo card, a chart of themes and keywords for picking from my collection books for January.

Any suggestions for what I could have on it? Let me know in the comments?

 

How is your December shaping up? Do you take it easier because of the holidays or is your schedule even more hectic?

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Wishes 2016

Christmas Wishes 2016

For several years now I’ve taken part in the livejournal community Holiday Wishes. To sum it up quickly; it’s a place where you post your wishes, and others post theirs and you help each other out by doing what you can. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to reply, to comment, or send you a sweet card to make someone’s December a little bit easier. It can be a very stressful month in many ways and 2016 has been an awful year in many respects.

So hop on over to Holiday Wishes to read the rules and check out other people’s lists and make someone’s day just a little bit brighter!

 

STEP ONE

  • Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered… whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related (“I’d love a Snape/Hermione icon that’s just for me”) to medium (“I wish for _____ on DVD”) to really big (“All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV”). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
  • If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) can get in touch with you. Your home address is not required!
  • Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

STEP TWO

  • Surf around your friends list (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here’s the important part…
  • If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes one person’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use – or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free – do it.
  • You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf – to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not – it’s your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just… wish, and it might come true. Give and you might receive. You’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.

 

My List

1 – Check out my blog,  leave me some comments and maybe volunteer for an interview? 😉 This year I’ve been upping my blogging game, adding new features and generally giving it a big reboot. So I’d love for you to check it out and leave some comments <3 I also have a monthly interview feature which I need volunteers for; you can find out more about that on my blog under ‘interviews’ in the main menu 🙂

 

2 – Follow me on Social MediaTwitter, Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest and Blog Lovin all need some love and I like meeting new people!

 

3 – Icons – I use icons over on my blog and would love some new ones. Credit will be given at the end of each post when I use one of your icons. What I would like; TV shows (Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, DC Shows [especially some cute Barry ones!], Supernatural, Rizzoli & Isles), Animals (I love any animals so surprise me!), Christmas/Winter, Seasons & holidays (some for each season as well as holidays – I’m in the UK), Nature, Video Games (World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Dragon Age series), Star Wars (especially The Force Awakens, I’ve had no time to make them), and geeky/library/book ones.

 

4 – Send me something! – I love receiving things and collect post cards, key rings and magnets. I’d love to receive a care package or a little goodies as I’ve never received one before. I like candles, geeky stuff, and cats. I have no allergies, but I’m currently on a strict diet so no food items please (as much as it grieves me to say :P).  I do feel that I need to be upfront and say I can’t send anything in return 🙁 Instead I will return my love by finding something on your list I can do for you! Please contact me for my address.

 

5 – Art – I am loathe to expect anyone to do art for me for free, which is why I want to emphasise that this would be a truly magical and much loved gift. I know how hard artists work, and so this is a shout out to anyone who feels inspired or would like the practise. I’d love some sketches, cartoon or chibi style of me (for my blog) or my World of Warcraft character Kaelea.

 

6 – Second hand books – I really shouldn’t add to my already long reading list, but I can’t help myself 😛 If you’re in the UK and happen to have any old books lying around that you don’t want please check out my Goodreads to read list (I’ll accept digital copies as well in any format). Or if you use bookmooch and have some spare points, that would be great too!

 

7 – Youtube Subs – I took a massive step this year and started a youtube channel. Health has prevented me from updating it in a while, however, I still have everything recorded and waiting to edit so it will be revived (soon hopefully!). Any subscribers or views would be great, comments if you’re a WoW player would be fantastic too.

 

8 – Unused make-up or beauty products/samples – I have slowly been growing my collection of make up and beauty products so that I can start posting reviews and tutorials on my blogs. So if you have anything lying around that you don’t want/use, like free samples you’ve picked up or gotten from magazines, I’d love them! Due to hygiene reasons I can only accept sealed items, with the exception of nail polish.

 

9 – Amazon Wish List – Anything on my wish list would be absolutely amazing <3

 

10 – Gift Cards – For Starbucks, Steam or Birchbox are top of the list, but any others (UK friendly!) are always welcome too.

 

Do you take part in Holiday Wishes too? Post your list in the comments so I can check it out! <3

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