As we head into 2018, I’m going to be reviewing what I highlighted in my blog of Aims of 2017.
Become and Stay Loyal to my Job
I didn’t think it could be so easy but this is a nice and simple aim to get this blog going off to a good start. Over the course of the year, I’ve turned down opportunities to apply for jobs in organisations that I used to work at so let’s see what happens.
I always believe though having the job I’ve got might be considered a job for life. Having said that, I take each day as it comes and only think about what the day lies ahead of me.
2. Learn and Develop my knowledge of foreign languages
So far, I’m understood how to do greetings in Italian, French and German. I’ve not touched on the language of Swedish just yet. During the latter part of this year, I am solely touching on the language of French. Learning a foreign language is a challenging topic for a number of reasons. I don’t usually take in information on the first take, it will take me a few visits for it to sink in so this aim is going to be an ongoing project.
I’ve got a series of books and sources to get me to understand French a bit better.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French All-in-One by Annie Heminway
- Unlocking French with Paul Noble
- Collins French Phrasebook and Dictionary
- Collins Easy Learning French Conversation
For new learners, I would recommend Practice Makes Perfect to get to grips with reading French and Easy Learning French Conversation which will go through some guidelines in how to have a conversation with French people. It is a lot to take in though.
3. Build on my own self-confidence
Sadly, I don’t feel much has changed in my self-confidence. I have tried doing different things but nothing really has worked to its potential. I’m going to be using this as one of the aims of 2018. Having low confidence is not healthy and it doesn’t help my well-being.
4. Opportunity to watch a day’s play at Lord’s
I was fortunate this year to have gone to Lord’s three times. The visits include:
- An ODI match against Ireland
- Tour of Lord’s
- Day 1 of a Test match against the West Indies
5. Go Travelling
I was glad I was able to fulfil this accomplishment to a certain extent.
This year, I’ve been able to travel to some places.
The first two places that come to mind were York and Dublin. Ideally I would have liked to have stayed in York for two days but hindsight is a very good thing so next time I will visit York, I will know how long to spend there.
I did take a serious consideration of visiting Australia for the Ashes this year but I didn’t go with the plan in the end because it would have cost a minimum of £8,000 for the hotel, plane and tickets to the stadiums, (that’s not including food and drink). Although I am passionate about cricket, I didn’t feel like I would have enjoyed watching cricket live as I would if I was sitting and watching it on TV so I felt this worked out to be a good plan that this decision was reviewed first before I would regret ever going.
I was lucky and fortunate to be invited to visit Waddesdon Manor by my aunt and uncle who live close to the area. One of the properties that I wanted to visit outside of London was Waddesdon Manor itself so I am glad to have gone over there to visit the Manor and House itself. One of the memories that I got from visiting the House was the Elephant music box, simply breathtaking which you can hear below.
One of the places that I was richly excited of visiting this year was Buckingham Palace. The whole experience was one to cherish, to be able to make the most of the day of visiting the Queen’s Gallery, Royal Mews and going on an EXCLUSIVE tour of the State Rooms. I couldn’t really ask for anything more.
This year in reflection ………..
Reflecting on the year of 2017, I’ve done many things, I’ve been to a few places that I highlighted like visiting Lord’s and York which I set out in my bucket list. Also I forgot to mention that I started going to pub quizzes which is something I wouldn’t have thought I would have been able to do.
I hope 2018 goes well for me and I wish everyone a Happy 2018 !!!