Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all having a great start to 2016 and it goes on to produce many magical moments for you all.

You may remember that at the beginning of January 2015 I posted an article titled ‘New Year’s Resolutions (2015)’. Therefore I thought it would be interesting to reflect upon the year gone by to see whether I achieved any of my goals, before I set myself a few more for 2016.

Reflecting On 2015
In 2015 I set myself the following New Year’s Resolutions:
          To develop ‘Jake Borrett’s Writing Blog’
          To raise lots of awareness for Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Dyspraxia
          To do a tandem skydive
          To complete a number of other ‘bits and bobs’

Let us start off with the negatives. Unfortunately I have yet to complete a tandem skydive. I have set this goal since my dad did one in June 2009 in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. This year I promise to fulfil this goal. I should have more time in the summer as I will be graduating at University of Hertfordshire in September 2016. I will do a skydive in aid of ‘Crohn’s and Colitis UK’ and ‘Dyspraxia Foundation’.

Moving onto the positives, I would like to think we have developed ‘Jake Borrett’s Writing Blog’ together, and have raised lots of awareness for Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Dyspraxia. As a team we have taken part in ‘World IBD Day’ and ‘Hats on for Christmas’.

With your amazing support the writing blog has received over 30,000 views and there have been over 1,000 Likes on the Facebook Page. Thank you so much.

I have been lucky enough to appear on my local radio station ‘Radio Verulam’, where I have shared my poetry and hopefully have broken some silences over our disabilities. Also the health website ‘Patient’ has been kind enough to allow me to publish my articles ‘Support Soars Higher Than Mountains’ and ‘Five Ways to Tackle Inflammatory Bowel Disease At Christmas’ on their website. Ultimately thank you all for your wonderful support.

Additionally I carried out a number of other ‘bits and bobs’ throughout 2015. Some of my highlights include visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon and spending a week away with my cousin and friends in South Wales.

The Year Ahead: 2016
So what are my resolutions for 2016?

Here are some of my possible goals:
          Continue developing ‘Jake Borrett’s Writing Blog’
          Raising even more awareness for Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Dyspraxia
          Tandem skydive in aid of ‘Crohn’s and Colitis UK’ and ‘Dyspraxia Foundation’
          Getting further involved with ‘Radio Verulam’
          Graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing
          Acting and writing for my local theatre group, ‘Abbey Theatre’
          Developing my own writing projects, in prose and poetry
          To watch the films ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Lion King’ and the television series ‘Games of Thrones’

Let It Go...Copyright © 2016Jake Borrett. All rights reserved.

Yes, believe it or not many of my friends are shocked to learn I have not watched The Lion King. It was therefore a good thing I received the film as one of my Christmas presents.

Ultimately, I want 2016 to be a year filled with happy moments. Thank you for being there for me. I hope the year ahead is incredible for you.

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