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An amazing year

Hey everyone and welcome back to #Imnotdrunk, if this is your first time checking out my blog please check out some of my older posts on Huntington’s Disease and what #Imnotdrunk is all about!!

So 2018 was an amazing year for me, looking back I feel like so much happened! And it looks like 2019 is going to be even busier! I am so excited for the year ahead and I hope you are too!

So although January is almost over! I wanted to post one of the typical New Years blog posts, and reflect on the past year and what I would like to achieve in 2019!

New Year’s Day and the week after it I saw a lot of Instagram accounts posting pictures from each month of the year and what they got up to! I am not that organised and I do not have that much time! So Instead I kept a small list of the important times throughout 2018 that I wanted to remember and share with you ! I have highlighted a few for you and why they were special to me!

What I done in 2018

  1. Shania twain concert

Such an amazing night with mum, Ryan and friends!! This was actually my first concert in over 10 years!

  1. NYE dinner bringing in 2018 – I feel like there is a lot of strain put on what to do for NYE, and sometimes we can’t get out to the parties etc! Some people have caring responsibilities, kids or some are not able to handle the crowds! Stephen and I have found the perfect NYE celebrations and it could be altered to suit indivudal needs. We booked a mini bus and headed to a local restaurant for dinner, there were about 15 couples and we then headed to our local pub after! It was a relaxing way to celebrate NYE and our family and friends were with us. We found it a rather cheap way to celebrate and I think this could be altered to a beautiful meal in your own home with some family and friends or a smaller amount of people at the meal.

  2. Graduation – this was a day I will never forget, as daddy has Huntington’s disease he was unable to be at the ceremony. (Yet another moment in my life my father was unable to be there because of this hideous disease!) But we didn’t let Huntington’s disease stop us! We headed straight from the ceremony to dads nursing home, where my mum had arranged a small party, dad was wearing his suit ready for some beautiful pictures, there was cake and bubbly for us to toast to the day.

Me and Kerri celebrating

  1. Joined the gym lasted about three visits – This just makes me laugh!

  2. Joined Belturbet drama group – Tuesday’s

  3. Cowboys and Hero’s country music festival

  4. Lough Erne Boat Rally

  5. Moved house

  6. HDANI conference

  7. Drama workshop

  8. 4 weddings and two christenings

  9. My beautiful Godson

Killian Barney McManus

  1. Applied for jobs and was unsuccessful – This was a big one I wanted to share with you! When I was finishing University I felt an enormous pressure to find that perfect job as soon as I left! I was applying to anything that was suitable to me, and was not very successful! I don’t exactly live near a big city! Belfast is 2 hours away and Dublin is about the same maybe a little less! I was lucky to be invited for an interview for a manager job beside where I live which would have been amazing but was unsuccessful, although the interview was an incredible experience.

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to find that perfect job and start your career!! Wait for something you love and don’t settle for anything less! When my dream job wasn’t jumping out at me, I made the decision to stay in the shop I had been working in while at University, it paid my bills and I enjoyed working there. I am so proud of myself, and I’m not afraid to share that with you all, it may sound big headed but I came through a lot of struggles to graduate with my degree, I pushed myself so much to gain extra experience and build my CV to where it is today! It wasn’t easy ensuring dad was looked after and had all he needed while I was at University, my mind felt split between two worlds! But I made it though, and if I can so can you! Stay strong and be brave! I know my dad would have wanted me to go to University and graduate!! Thankfully with the support from my family and friends I was successful!

  1. Became the youth event’s organiser for HDANI

  1. Re branded #imnotdrunk – New logo and merchandise

  1. Grew #imnotdrunk

  2. New Job – This is a big one! And I will share all the details with you in a separate post! Stay tuned!

2018 was an eventful year and these are a few of the big events I encountered through the year! I am so excited for the next year and hope it is as amazing! I am truly blessed to have the support of my friends and family! On a weekly basis I receive beautiful heartfelt messages from friends, family and of course my amazing followers/readers and without all of you supporting me I don’t think I would be as positive as I am today.

I wanted to share my experience with Huntington’s disease, the good, the bad and the ugly, and getting the continued support from all you amazing people help me to stay positive and continue to share my stories with you!

Although I no longer care for dad, I had done it for over ten years and am still fighting the HD battle with dad and in my personal life.

I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for many more! I really enjoyed looking for the photo’s for this post! I’m trying to be more organised so I have my photos on Facebook in albums now and it just brought back so many memories!!

Thank you for a wonderful 2018 and let’s get excited for 2019!

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