Happy New Year! 2020 – a whole new decade. The year of the rat.
January always gets me into a reflecting sort of a mood, so I thought I would start off this decade my thinking about how my 2019 went, and making plans for Fluffy Jellyfish in 2020.
What happened in 2019?
The year started with horrible news in the Henderson household. The best dog in the world passed over the rainbow bridge last January. Bailey we miss you so much. It has been a whole year, and it still hurts.
I began cat-sitting with Cat in a Flat.
I landed a voluntary zookeeping role at The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre, and I worked there for 5 months.
Our beautiful little rat baby Puff passed over the rainbow bridge after losing a battle with a nasty respiratory infection. We miss you magic ratto.
We moved to Scotland! and made it back with all of the pets to my home in Edinburgh.
We added Nebula, the Giant Shield Mantis, to the Fluffy Jellyfish family.
I landed a seasonal job at Ingliston Cattery & Kennels as an Animal Care Assistant.
I gained my Animal Care Level 3 Award with Higher Distinction.
We lost our fluffy little rex rat Smaug. He was one of our original rat boys, and one of my favourite fluffy children. I miss him so much, he was such a gentle wee soul.
I landed a permanent position as a Dog Play Worker at Barklay Park Dog Day Care Centre, and while I am still on my 3-month probationary period, I am really hopeful that I will still in this role for a good while! I am really enjoying it, and it is exactly the kind of animal work that I have always wanted to do… who doesn’t love being surrounded by puppers at work?!
Fluffy Jellyfish gained 40 subscribers on YouTube.
I wrote 33 posts on the Fluffy Jellyfish blog, and I published 10 videos on YouTube.
2019 was the first full year of Fluffy Jellyfish. I started off my year feeling really positive, however, throughout the year I began to lose out my positivity to depression and anxiety: two evils I am in a consistent battle with, but seemed to really get me down in 2019. I went through a lot of the year not being able to cope, and not really dealing with any of my problems; just hiding away and trying not to think about things. Not healthy. It was only towards the latter half of 2019 that I finally was able to pick myself back up, and I am starting to get back into a much better place. I hope I can continue forward in 2020 like I intended at the start of 2019. I have a lot of goals I want to achieve this year, and I am really looking forward to filling my life with more of what makes me happy this year. One thing I did realise in 2019 is that my poor mental health is easily cured when I spend time with my animal companions, and immerse myself in animal care. This realisation has made me even more determined to achieve my goals this year, and I am more ambitious than ever! I hope you enjoy following me on this exciting adventure, so, I thought I would talk a little bit about what I want to do this year…
A new year. A new decade. What will 2020 bring?
Keep on top of my mental health enough to achieve my goals and keep up with my schedule!
Seems simple enough when you add it to a list! but I think this will be the most tricky goal to achieve on my list. I am starting off my January with a positive mental attitude, and it is helping me to be productive… I can only hope that will continue throughout the year, and I can figure out strategies (most of which I think will involve spending more time with animals) to conquer the dark spaces in my mind. Good vibes are appreciated!!!
Learn to Drive
You know that anxiety thing I mentioned earlier?! Umm… yeah… well driving gives me LOADS OF ANXIETY. I actually hate it so much. However, I realise the importance of it to achieving my eventual goal of becoming a zookeeper, and it is therefore high up on my list. I am learning to drive in an automatic vehicle, because I never want to own a car that is not electric.
Move into our own Home
In 2019, I moved back from Birmingham into my parent’s house with Stuart. We are attempting to establish ourselves with jobs in Edinburgh, and save up our wages, with the hopes to move into our own place in the not too distant future.
Become an Animal Fosterer
I can’t achieve this goal into we are in our own home. I have wanted to foster animals, in particular: cats, for a really long time, but our living situation has never quite worked out perfectly for this. Hopefully, once we are settled in our new place, I will be able to make this dream a reality before the end of 2020.
Gain a Voluntary Position/Work Experience
There are a few animal centres around the Edinburgh area that I would really love to gain some experience working in, so I am trying my best to get on that this year! and hopefully, if I can achieve my goal of learning to drive, I can expand my horizons of where to apply to as well!
Achieve 5,000 Blog Views + Hit 500 Followers on Instagram + Hit 300 Followers on Twitter + Hit 50 YouTube Subscriptions
I try not to get too bothered my the social media numbers, but there are a few milestones I have really wanted to hit for a while, so I am going to make the push to get my numbers up this year! Help me out by following me on Instagram and Twitter and subscribing to my videos on YouTube, and if you haven’t already, please hit the follow button on the side of this blog to up my viewership here! All my love to you for this!!!
Make 50 YouTube Videos
That is basically one video a week, which has been my goal on YouTube for a while… and one I hope to keep on top of this year. I want to get into the habit of regularly scheduled content, and setting this goal is my way to get there! I have a bunch of ideas already, but if there are any videos you want to see from me on YouTube do hit me up in the comments below with your ideas!
Complete 3 Online Courses
In 2019 I gained my Animal Care Level 3 award, and going in to 2020 I enrolled on an Animal First Aid Course. I want to increase my commitment to animal education, and online courses that fit in with my working schedule seem like a perfect way to do so! I think the next course I would like to try is Animal Behaviour.
Illustrate each of my Pets
I currently have 18 pets. I love to draw. This seems like a winning goal!!!
Visit 12 Zoos/Farms/Aquariums/Nature Centres/etc.
This goal is essentially making sure I get in more self care this year. I really enjoy my animal centre visits, and I am constantly on the lookout for more reputable places to visit in the UK, so do comment below if there are any you can recommend (especially in the Scotland area!) My partner, Stuart, is helping me out on this one already by booking me a seal feeding experience at the St.Andrew’s Aquarium for my Christmas present! We are going at the start of February, so stay tuned to see that post!! I am super excited already!!
Be a better Plant Lady! – keep 5x new plants alive
I am not so great at keeping my plants alive… and yet I desperately want a home full of houseplants! So, I am aiming to learn more about being a plant parent, and will hopefully be able to add some new additions to my family, and keep them alive for the whole of 2020!! Wish me luck!!!
Phew!!! That was a lot of reflecting, and a lot of looking into the future! Thank you if you read all of that, and got here! I reckon you deserve a cuppa… go and pop the kettle on! I have a lot to look forward to this coming year, and I am really excited to take this positive energy forward and get started achieving my goals! I hope you enjoy journeying on this animal adventure with me, and I will leave you with a few of my festive photos from this Hollyday season as my final little reflection…
Fluffy Jellyfish out.