A year go bye

winter landscape with a sunset
Made in Canva

No, there is no typo in the post title. It means a year is coming to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to 2018. As soon as Christmas is gone, the new year is around the corner. Today it’s winter solstice which means the days are getting lighter again. Good riddance most people say but I don’t mind the darkness. It only means you can walk outside without having to care how you look like. People don’t see your face and you don’t have to care about how your skin looks like. You could have a rash all over your face and no one would know. We got snow so it’s not so dark now. It snows now as we speak. It would be dull if there wouldn’t be snow on the ground at Christmas.

So what has the year 2018 given me? It didn’t start well. I didn’t get the job I went to a job interview for at the end of 2017. But it wasn’t right for me anyway. I probably never get a job interview again. Moving on.
I applied to a course about entrepreneurship in February but I didn’t get in the first time around. Luckily there was another one which I did get into. I wanted to do something and not sitting doing nothing. The course didn’t give me any results but it wasn’t disappointing either. I’m just not ready for entrepreneurship just yet. I’m still thinking about it but I’m waiting for a new year first and then we’ll see if I pick up the courage. Because let’s face it, being without a job is no fun.

I didn’t find any job to apply for so I decided to apply for education instead. That’s where Helsinki Design School and graphic design comes in. I got in the second time. One of the reasons were the assignments. I also wanted to learn more about graphic design. I’m really satisfied to be in this education. It’s a school I really like waking up early for. Even though it isn’t cheap but we only have to be in school twice a month. The problem is that you don’t get to know your classmate as closely as when you meet every day of the week. Unless you’re really social and make friends easily. The pros who educate us are really encouraging.

On a personal note. I found out I have 2 cousins from my father’s side. I always thought I had only one. We don’t keep in touch with relatives because they don’t keep in touch with us. I also got to meet my aunt who I hadn’t met in years for different reasons. If my mother would only be alive to know about all this. It’s nice to know I’m not completely alone.

So what have I really achieved this year that should be mentioned? Well, I haven’t had a soda all year. That should count for something. It started in January. It’s a month where you don’t drink alcohol for the whole month. Since I don’t drink it anyway, I did the same with soda. So no more Pepsi or Coca Cola. I wanted to test if I could resist temptation and I actually did. I haven’t had the need to drink soda at all. I think I’m gonna stick to this trend and my teeth will thank for it.

On blogging, I got new followers. I also got a domain to this blog. The Daily Post ended and this Ragtag Daily Prompt began. So that wraps my year. So how was yours?

In the year 2016 (part 2)

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Let’s go to part one of this retrospective. Read part one here.

July
Another quiet month. Must have been the summer and also my trip to St. Petersburg. It was also one of those lazy months when the heat kicks in and you feel out of focus. One Line Sunday was on at least. I was a lot in my mind palace. Writing fan fiction is the reason most of the time.
I applied to a school to study web design and my main concern was how to get passed the interview. Things I know now.

Most popular post: One Line Sunday- Time

August
If July was quiet on this blog then this month it really was. Beside the One Line Sunday my motivation was indeed low. The only thing I posted was about the new muse that I found. Damn that Tom Hiddleston and The night manager TV series. The Olympics was also the reason why I didn’t blog much.
Something good did happen and that was I got in to the web design education I applied to. Yay me.

Most popular post: A muse who doesn’t know it

September
It when hell broke loose. Living in the dorm that is. Studying new things are nice but when the school day is over, the free time is nothing but silent. What’s worse is that, the internet in the dorm is so slow, blogging is a pain. I did start a new blog about my studies though.
I tried daily inspiration but I failed even if I did write something. One of them was about my expensive bucket list.

Most popular post: Enjoy the silence

October
Now this was busy month in my blog. I got soaking wet from standing in the rain while waiting for the bus to get home. I went to the dentist twice in a week because my teeth are breaking in pieces.
I’ve realized a lot in my life and now I realized web design is not as easy as I thought it was. I should keep calm about the matter but I’m hating myself for not learning. Am I slow or plain stupid, are thing going through my mind.
Writing and especially fan fiction takes my mind out of troubles.

Most popular post: When I realized

November
I learned some new English words and put them in good use in my blog posts. Words like, Elicit, Sated and Hyperbole. Then I took a chance and bought a ticket to see Robbie Williams next year.
Wrote some more poems and more about Finnish culture. I got a bit too excited when I saw the traffic on my blog but it was actually my visits when I wasn’t logged in.
One of my favorite Formula One drivers, Nico Rosberg became champion and then about a week later he announces his retirement. I didn’t write about the latter in the blog though.
I ended the month with a list with likes and dislikes. In other words, the naughty and nice list.

Most popular post: Filthy mind

December
Advent calendar in a blog wasn’t a bad idea. I got write every day which was an achievement in itself. It had poems, Finnish Christmas traditions and photos I’ve taken. Not forgetting One Line Sunday. I also wrote my 500th post this month. I had a client I had to make a website for but I still had time to do some blogging. When the on the job learning was over, there was still a week left of school which I passed. There was snow when I left and when I came home, it melted all away again.
This was also the month when my mother passed away 3 years ago.
Christmas time is a time to relax and we relaxed by traveling to Riga. Unfortunately good things come to an end and the news about George Michael’s death was unfortunate. If that wasn’t enough. Carrie Fisher passed away as well.
Even if there’s still time to post on this blog this year, I think this is the last one.
So thank you for reading and for the follows. Have a happy new year everyone and see you next year.

Most popular post: Advent Calendar, Day 9

 

 

 

Tallenna

In the year 2016

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It’s that time of year when you reminisce the year that has passed. A lot has happened during the year in the world. Since this is a blog post and I write about things I like and my thoughts, I’m going to go down the memory lane. Luckily WordPress keeps stats so it’s easier to remember what I’ve written about. So here it goes. This is part 1.

January
Like any year, I don’t make any new years resolutions and I never plan ahead. Every year it’s the same, things happen you never thought would. Nothing is too obvious. Like Finland’s Juniors under 20 became world champions in ice hockey. Some of those players now have an NHL contract in their pockets. Personally I got a tablet and decided to join Instagram. Since I don’t have a smart phone, I’ve never been interested in it before.
In the end of the month my favorite tennis player, Novak Djokovice won his 11th Grand Slam in Australian Open.
The sad news was that pop icon David Bowie past away.

Most popular post: Boy bands and not so screaming fans

February
This month was quiet in my blog. I started a career coaching course which took all my time. In that course you learned about job searching and your own strengths. I wouldn’t say I learned anything new but it did give me a chance to get out of my comfort zone. Talking about comfort. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. He’s been nominated so many times and never won. No one deserves it more than him.

Most popular post: A blessing and a curse

March
March was the most difficult one. I was still on the career coaching course and we were suppose to go to companies to ask for a work practise place. I felt so worthless because it was so hard for me to pick up the courage and when I finally did, they said no can do. Then I called a stranger and got an interview in a digital marketing company but I didn’t meet the person I should. It was quite useless because I got a no can do again. At least I saw a famous Finnish actor in the company.
Thoughts of changing my blog and updating About me page came to mind. It also turned 3 years old even if I had been on WordPress much longer than that.

Most popular post: Envy in small doses

April
The career coaching was finally over and the job search continued as usual. But I had thoughts of becoming a student again. I thought about trying to get an internship but I skipped that idea.
Without even realising it, I began writing more about myself on my blog than I thought I would. But I’m not sorry at all.
Another pop icon surprisingly died, Prince. That was a shocker indeed.

Most popular post: Life is full of disappointments

May
Creative things is my thing so I wrote why. Two of my favorite TV shows were coming to an end, Bones and Person of interest so soon there’s nothing on TV. I began to write poems because sometimes The daily post have some interesting words that I never knew about before. I write poems when I have nothing else to write about. They just comes naturally as I go along.
Finland’s ice hockey team didn’t win gold in world championships but silver which was disappointing for a while.
The sad thing about this month was that someone on Tumblr thought a female Bond is not a bad idea. Where is this world going to.

Most popular post: I’m creative because I can

June
My birthday on June 2 but age is nothing but a number anyway. I got the best birthday present yet and that’s Novak Djokovic finally winning Roland Garros after trying 3 times before this. I followed his career since 2008 and saw his struggles but it finally paid of on June 5.
The 6th season of Game of Thrones ended after waiting for it almost a year. How fast it went.
I belonged to the city and got to see St. Petersburg in the end of the month. Sorry, still haven’t finished that post about the trip. I hope I can still remember how it went.

Most popular post: One Line Sunday- Understand this and The struggle within me

To be continued…

Tallenna