Hello 2017...

by - January 04, 2017

I can't believe it is 2017. I realised that if I don't do a masters of pHd, then 2017 is the last year I will be in full time education... and I can't get my head around that. 

2016 was a year of up and downs, both for the world and for me. I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Christmas, for those who celebrate it, and a Happy New Year. I was at home for christmas and New Year's and both were lovely.

Some pictures from NYE.

I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions because I don't like to set rules for myself. If I do, I'll inevitably break them (don't we all) and so it was pointless in the first place. So, New Year's Resolutions are not for me. Having said all that, I do like to set goals for the year. For example, in 2015 I aimed to get into University (nailed it) and 2016 I wanted to start this blog and pass my first year. I'm sure there were more but I can't remember...  2017 is no different, and my goals for the year are: *drum role*

  • Fundraise the full amount for my trip to South Africa in June! This is a HUGE goal, and if I'm honest I'm not sure how plausible it will be to raise the full amount, but I'm aiming high and am going to work at raising as much as possible! Any help is greatly appreciated... (click here)
  • Continue blogging! I started this blog in March, and it was a bit of a risk for me. I didn't know how it was going to go, and if anyone would read it/enjoy it, or even how I would find it! But.. I have absolutely loved it, and I'm really proud of how it's gone. I want to thank absolutely everyone who has read it, and particularly anyone who has reached out to me to say something about what I've written; it means the world to me to hear people are reading my content and enjoying it or learning another side to conservation! I hope it continues to grow in 2017. I want to learn to balance uni work and blogging better as I did struggle a bit (exhibit A: November) so any advice will be appreciated as always! Of course I will be blogging my big trip to South Africa beginning in June which I cannot wait for, and I hope it makes for interesting reading.. 
  • Obviously, I'm aiming to get as high as marks as possible in my second year, and going into third year, of university. 
  • I want to meet more people in conservation this year. I have a few plans, but I want to continue building up contacts, and meeting interesting people so I can keep learning. 

I'm sure there are more but that's all I've got for now! I am so excited for the summer. I can't wait to be studying rhinos as part of my degree! I'm also so excited to be staying somewhere where there are elephants for the first time since Kenya in 2013! Elephants have been my favourite animal for my whole life and I could watch them for hours, and so I'm hoping for some good sightings while in the field. 

Above: Christmas Dinner (taken by my Dad)
Below: Me on Christmas Day next to our wonderful tree.

I wanted this to be my first post of 2017 but my Little Princess Trust hair cut was exciting and new and I wanted to share it with you, so all these photos are with my long hair. Happy New Year one and all, and I hope 2017 is a great year for you, and the natural world. 

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