New Year, new Jar

IMG_8627.PNGIn this new-years-day related post I am talking about videos made by people who had a jar of 2015, where they’d write all the good stuff that happened to them in 2015 on a piece of paper and stick that piece of paper in a jar to look at at the end of the year.

I’m specifically talking about Jakes video here, where he opens up his jar of 2015 and reads the notes.

I think this idea is really cute and something I might try doing for this year. -The jar thing that is. I do not own such a jar, yet. Maybe I’ll make one for 2016.

On the internet in general, it is known as the Gratitude Jar or the Happiness Jar and is a project started by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. She introduces the jar here. It is a nice way to celebrate the little things in life and to view back on them when, maybe, you feel a little down.

Another option I hope to try out some day, is Document Your Life. With this, you video document happy events throughout a month, compile all the little videos into one and share it on video I guess. A photo a day (or more) might also be an idea, which I hope to actually do this year.

I began writing this post on New Years Day, which is now 15 days ago. I have a Happiness Jar, I haven’t done a A Photo a Day or Document your life.

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I found the Jar in Matalan. It hadn’t started out as some kind of jar but had a lid and a straw to drink out of it. These were missing, so the item was reduced and is now being used as a Happiness Jar. It fits very well onto my bedside locker. (Yes, I have a lot of Harry Potter-y things on my bedside locker.) There isn’t actually that much in my jar yet, even though it looks like a lot.

Happy New Year!

It is finally 2016 and I am going to write about plans for the new year and review my last year very briefly. It all looks longer than it actually is.

Reviewing last year briefly, I have grown as a person. I believe in myself more and I actually, officially came out as trans. I have learnt a lot about myself and have travelled to Germany twice and I visited Vietnam. I am more creative, I believe. I visited the Harry Potter studio tours, which proved to me that I can deal with my anxiety. I’m dealing with it a lot better, hence why I could travel to the studios mostly by myself, and I didn’t freak out once, not even when my phone died on the way home.

Now, to 2016. I didn’t read as much as I hoped to. This year, I hope to read more. I hope to write more and be more involved in photographic projects. I hope to spend less money on material things and more on non-material things. By that, I can’t wait to meet up with a friend in London to see 21 Pilots in February and I can’t wait to go to Amsterdam with this same friend in Summer. At the end of Summer, around September, I hope to travel to Malaysia again -a country I love to visit.
I hope to spend my time more productively. Not just academic wise, but also privately working on photography. I don’t feel awfully proud of photos I have taken in the past year, so I hope to change that.

My main aim I guess is to make it into my third year at University. I’m not a good student but I like what I am studying, and although it’s difficult, I’m not disliking any of it so far. On the academic note, here‘s my link for today. Textbooks are always a hassle and a tip on saving money is always a good one.

On a side note, I hope to see my friends from Germany again. Hopefully they can come over in summer. I also hope, I can take at least one of them to the Harry Potter studios, as none of them have been yet.

Ah this post is a lot longer than I expected. Sorry?

For this blog, I don’t want to be just another trans person writing about their story. But thinking about it, I might just do that -write about my story. Not just as a trans person, but as somebody who grew up bilingual and in Germany. So my story, if they’re not specifically about a certain event, will have a twist to them (hopefully). Even though I’ve lived in England for a while now and have a mostly British Family, I still find myself walking around with a non-British mindset. That might be fun sharing with the internet.

Anyway, before I talk too much.

Happy New Year, I wish you all all the best.

Ciarán