Dear Diary: Positive Thinking and Achievements


Last week, I mentioned some of the positive things I achieved last year and some goals that I plan to set for this year. I’ve had enough of putting myself down and want to think positively – although I know it’s easier said than done. But writing this post has made me realise that, regardless of how I felt at any given time, 2017 was a positive year for me.

I touched upon some achievements in regards to what I had managed to get read and reviewed last year. I had to have a couple of breaks from blogging because other commitments were making it impossible to commit the time that I wanted. But stepping back reminded me how much I loved it and how much I was missing it. It gave me the drive to push myself in regards to content, hence doing the Twelve Days of Christmas.

But when I think back to last year, I managed to accomplish so much more than just being pleased with how the blog was going.

To start with, I joined the gym. Admittedly I’ve been bad with going in the last month, but that has been extenuating circumstances. In general, I have got myself into a good routine and feel better in myself because of it. Even now, I miss going and am looking forward to getting myself into a better mindset.Dear Diary January

As a result of the gym, and changing my work shifts on a Sunday, I have started driving again. Most of this has been five-minute trips down the road, but I hadn’t driven at all for about two years. I even managed two longer journeys to meet up with my sister-in-law and to go to my brothers. They were a massive deal for me!

I realised that I wasn’t using to-do lists as a way of organising myself. I was using them as a way of controlling myself, and found that it was taking the enjoyment out of certain activities. Twice in the last year I have caught myself slipping back into letting them control and stress me out. By recognising that feeling, I was able to delete the lists on both occasions and take a step back from it all. It is such a satisfying feeling to know that I have taken control.

I cut eight inches off my hair last month in order to donate it to the Little Princess Trust, something I had been building up to for over a year. Not only do I love the new style, I have had so many lovely comments that it has done my self-esteem wonders.

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Last, but by no means least, I have graduated from uni with a distinction in a Publishing Masters. That’s certainly an achievement I am proud of and it has reminded me that I can achieve what I set out to do, despite my inner demons telling me otherwise.

It’s nice focusing on the positives! Now to make 2018 just as good, if not better…


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4 thoughts on “Dear Diary: Positive Thinking and Achievements

  1. Wow, Lindsey, huge congrats on graduating with a distinction in your Masters! You get a round of applause from me for that! It sounds like you really are making some positive changes, I hope your attitude of not putting yourself down continues for a long time to come as you certainly deserve to live a happy and full life!

    Abbey x

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    • Thank you so much – now just to find the job to go with it! Thanks – I’m trying. It’s not always easy but hopefully I can keep a positive mindset! xx


  2. You have done done pretty awesome things Lindsey! Well done on the masters, that’s brilliant! Also driving after a while is a really scary thing, so huge congrats on that too! 💖 Loved reading this, so positive and inspirational 😘 xx

    Bexa |

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