In a global sense 2016 has been a pretty crap year. Brexit. Trump. In a celebrity death sense 2016 has also been a pretty crap year. Alan Rickman! It’s been tough for me on a personal sense too.
I started the year, lonely and single. I’m ending the year still single. Still lonely too, but I have a whole new bunch of good friends who help with that bit. Very good friends. Unfortunately they live in a different town, not too far away, but I see them for gaming about once a month, and we talk on Skype literally all day. There’s a group chat that is always going. It’s nice to feel like I’m part of something again.
In terms of my depression… well, I’m not sure really. I’m not dead. I’ve felt like it a couple of times. I’ve felt like utter crap a lot. My depression is NOT better. In some ways it’s a little worse. I very rarely have any energy. And I have to admit I haven’t left the house more than once or twice in the past few months. Part of that is down to my benefits getting cut. There’s an appeal in process for that, but I’m on really crappy money at the moment.
So how about the yearly goals I set myself last year? Saving with the Bank of Sister has proven useful, but I don’t have vast amounts with her. I have the money saved to pay the fees for my craft website, and I’ll be able to keep saving with her. It’s hard to save when you don’t have a lot of money coming in, but knowing that she’ll look after the monies for me helps.
My own savings experiment, of rounding my bank account down to the nearest £1 at the start of each week and putting that money into a savings account, went semi-well. I did do it, even though most of the weeks I was overdrawn and had nothing to save. But the money rarely stayed in the savings account. So I rounded down, but I didn’t save. I might continue it next year, I don’t know yet.
My Bucket List Bonanza has been going well. I’ve been posting a little about that recently, and there’ll be a round up post in a few days.
The Bad Ass Cross Stitch Year of Stitch didn’t go too well. I had trouble with the fourth week, and got frustrated and put it aside and then never got around to picking it back up. I’ll try and complete it at some point.
The Movie of the Week challenge has gone well. I’ve watched some films I wouldn’t have watched otherwise. There’s a post about that going up in a couple of days too.
The Smile Jar failed, as I blogged about, but I got given a Happiness Jar for Christmas – where you write on a little piece of paper when things make you happy, to stick in the jar and look back at when you’re feeling sad. I’ll see if I can make that one last a bit longer.
I’ve been doing the WIP Busting and Stash Busting, and blogging about them (mostly monthly). I’ve got a round up post for that coming in a few days as well.
Overall, this year has been about as good as the last few years. It’s been hard, but I survived. And there were many many good points. My adorable niece has gotten more and more adorable, and she is such a chatty little thing. I have a good set of friends. My cats are healthy and happy, and currently going bananas with some catnip mice. And despite my depression and my anxieties, I am still here.
Here’s hoping 2017 doesn’t take quite so many celebrities.