Looking back at my year I'm not quite sure how I've made it to December with most of my sanity still intact (I'm holding on for dear life). 2012 has been a challenging year to say the least. I finished my ERASMUS year in France (you can read all about that if you follow the ERASMUS tag on the left side) and then in July I went back to Cardiff to catch a breather before starting my fourth and final year as an undergraduate in late September. That's been the biggest challenge this year, going from a relatively relaxed and laid back (to say the least!) French university into final year at Cardiff. The fear of graduation has been constant. But plans are falling into place so hopefully I won't have a breakdown in May or June. The future is exciting but at the same time it's very overwhelming.
I did a lot of traveling this year, some of it was intentional and some of it circumstantial. I tried to make the most of being in France and tried to travel a lot. Seeing a friend of mine in Barcelona was amazing as was going to the Cannes Film Festival. Didn't manage to bag myself a famous actor husband sadly. The hardest trip to make was to Germany in March when my grandfather passed away. That was a very difficult part of the year and my family and I are still dealing with the fall out from it. It got me thinking a lot about what kind of a life I lead and how I want to live it, as a result I've stopped smoking and I barely drink any more. Going to the gym is still something I have to tackle but that's my new years resolution (as it has been for the past 3 years...). I also signed up to be an organ donor, that was something that really meant a lot to me and I'm glad I took that step. Life is short and being healthy is such a blessing so I try to make the most out of everything. Spending time with friends and people you love doing fun things is so important.
I hope 2012 has been good to you, there are always highs and lows. Sometimes the lows go on for a very long time but what's important is that you come out fighting.