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Another year over...

It's that time. Time to say farewell to 2017.

This year has been such a rollercoaster that I will attempt to keep this as short as possible...I doubt that will happen though.

More than anything, I want to thank the events of this year, even the worst ones, because I truly believe that they have made me grow and become a better person. I'm still not perfect, but no one ever is, and I still have flaws I know I need to work on but that will happen.

At the start of this year I was in hospital, so being able to sit here and write this post is a huge accomplishment for me and something I am grateful for.

After being in hospital I admitted that I wasn't getting any better and took advice and the big leap to start therapy. It was terrifying and meant I needed to bring up many ghosts from my past, but it was one of the best things I have done and something I would definitely consider re-visiting as or when I need to. I let stubborness and fear get in the way for far too long and let it control too many years of my life.

I have had some great achievements, an award from the CEO of Solent Mind, attending many Solent Mind volunteering roles and using art as a form to keep my mind at peace, something I had stopped doing for a very long time.

My love has grown for much more. For Music, activities, friends, family and, of course, Mitchell.

I have reduced how much I drink a considerable amount. Sometimes I still have set backs, but I am aware of how far I have come and that I am not putting myself in to the awful situations I previously had been.

On January 1st I will be taking on the challenge of R.U.N January. Despite it being named run every day January, the idea is to beat the blues through any form of activity, be it walking, yoga, running, swimming, etc. It's a way of looking after yourself both mentally and physically as well as raising money and awareness for mental health - the main charity being Mind, but of course I am raising money for Solent Mind.

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