Cass's 2017 Recap.
Well, Christmas is over. It's Boxing Day. I've got about a week until 2018 and a day left until it's back to the rat race.
I figured I'd take this opportunity to recap my 2017 and look forward to 2018. Yet another year has slipped through my hands, and I'm left thinking, "Seriously? It's 2018 already? And...I'm nearly 30? Already?! But...how....?" Time always moves so quickly...I can never seem to get ahead of it. I guess that's a big part of growing up though, isn't it?
As per always, this year had a lot of ups-and-downs. I think I'll hit the main bullet points....because I'm a big idea person and details seem to kind of disappear somewhere in my mind. (See bullet point 1!)
So, without further ado, my 2017!
1. ADHD Diagnoses!
Yeah, so I ended up going to a psychiatrist and I was officially diagnosed with ADHD. This was....big. Obviously. Things in my life seem to make a lot more sense now that I finally have that "label". After talking to multiple doctors....I figured maybe I'd just made it up or I had a mild case. I decided to make one last ditch effort and it paid off. One session and 10 minutes with a psychiatrist that specialized in ADHD and he said that I definitely had ADHD and that I would need treatment for it. I'm now on medication for ADHD and while that's not perfect...it's a step in the right direction. I've known I've had ADHD for years...but I just never figured it was "bad enough" to seek out help. Now that I've got the knowledge and a support system behind me, I feel a lot more in control of my future and my life in general. This was a big pro of 2017.
This was the year that I found veganism (or rather, veganism found me!). I've been focusing a lot of my attention towards animal advocacy and ethical consumption. Becoming vegan has opened my eyes to a lot of corruption, moral and ethical arguments, and hypocrisy within our society. It's also made me a lot more compassionate and sensitive person. Next year, I have vowed to move forward in the activism and try to create more positive changes for the future. What that activism is going to look like, I'm not sure. This was the year for me to discover veganism on my terms and next year I will start to act in ways that align with those beliefs.
3. The Rat Babies!
C and I ended up adopting 2 female rats - Mint and Aloe. We got them from someone who was giving them away for free in a low-income housing establishment. Last year, I said that I wanted to get a dog...but that just wasn't practical for us. Instead, we picked up these wonderful little companions. We'd both never had rats before, but they've brought us a lot of joy and happiness. Both of them are very smart and they have distinct personalities....which I wasn't expecting. C was also fairly cynical about having rats for pets, but he loves them more than anything now.
4. New Jobs, new jobs everywhere!
Last year around this time, I was working in a pet store and wondering what the hell I would do. Since then, I moved on to another company and was promoted within 3 months to a job with a lot more stress and responsibility....but also more money. I've since doubled my salary from when I was teaching, paid off my credit cards, and am now aggressively working on paying off my student loan. I should have my loans paid off before next year and from there, I can begin to really consider what I want to do with the rest of my life. C also got a new job where he isn't stressed - although, he may end up finding a new job with the city working in IT.
5. My relationship with food changed!
I'm not sure if this is a positive or negative, but I figured I'd throw it in here for good measure. I used to be obsessed with food - it was one of my favorite things to do. I was especially obsessed with sugar and chocolate. This year, my obsession with food has taken a back-seat to eating to sustain myself. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with veganism or perhaps my lower metabolism now that I'm working in an office setting, but many of my cravings for food have disappeared completely. Usually around Christmas season, I'm drowning in feelings of self-loathing because I "ate too much garbage." This year, I had very few cravings for chocolate or candies...and instead I ate a hell of a lot of veggies, quinoa, and yams. It feels like food has been changed from a "hobby" to a "necessity." It's very refreshing to not worry about food as much as I did before. I feel like I've got more space in my mind to think about other things.
6. My little sister moved to Calgary!
I drove across the province with my little sister to drop her off in Calgary. She took a big leap of faith and decided to kick it and move to Alberta. We keep joking that her experiences there will be the test if we follow her and move, too...although, it's not really much of a joke. From what she's said, Calgary seems like the perfect place to settle down, get a bunch of dogs, and create a nice little home. While C and I aren't sure what we're looking for at the moment, we're keeping our options open and seeing what's out there. Vancouver doesn't have much for us to offer anymore so we may be joining her sooner than we expect. The drive out there was amazing as well....so there's that, too!
So, with all of that said....our 2017 had some pretty big, life-changing moments in it and lots of small ones that I'm sure I skimmed over. While 2017 was fantastic, I truly believe that 2018 will have a lot more in store for us in the best way possible. I plan on taking more chances and -doing- more.
What are my New Year's Resolutions for 2018, you ask.
1. Join a sports team.
2. Spend the summer camping.
3. Try a new vegan restaurant each month.
4. Volunteer + activism.
5. Pay off student loan.
6. Go to the gym 2x a week!
7. Decide on my future career.
8. Take a class and learn something new.
Fingers crossed I can complete these bad boys! What about you? What are your resolutions for next year?