2017: So Long, Farewell, Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Bum

Hello friends,

How have you been? How has 2017 treated you?

Me? It has been a hard road this past year, and sometimes I didn’t think things would work out well. But I am still here, and still fighting to get things back to normal.

Sometimes you must blur passed the bad and focus on the good to find the motivation you need to start a new year fresh.

2017 So Long, Farewell, Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Bum

A Year in The Life of Carrie: 2017


I quit blogging at the beginning of 2017.

There was way too much drama, and some over the top harassment going on in the community I was a part of that I had to pull back from it all for mental health reasons. I did not need that in what was supposed to be my fun, social outlet.

I have only been back now, about a month, but so far, I’m in a good place.

With the change, brings new followers and the loss of some old. Sometimes I feel like a newbie blogger, just with the experience from a previous life. In a way, I guess that’s what I am.

Overall, I’m okay with how things are starting out now. I strive to improve, and make this blog as successful as I can make it.


My life during 2017 in in 5 words: traumatic, harmful, tragic, emotional, determination.

2017 has really sucked for me. I’ll go into a fraction more detail in tomorrow’s post, but for now, I’ll simply keep singing Christina Aguliera’s Fighter. Darn I think I just dated myself. (And that’s the first time I’ve seen that video, and yeah it is something else.)


This was the first year I really kept up with my journal. And by that, I mean I wrote something for most of the year, and we will just ignore the rest of it. Sounds logical.

There is so much I wish I could change and magically improve right this second, because comparing myself to others in the niche makes me feel like a failure. But when I think about it, I am still finding what works for me, and what I need to do to make the journal mine and mine alone.

During 2018, I aim to improve my handwriting and my (faux) calligraphy skills.


Somehow, I fell down the card making well, and I can’t get out. I seriously don’t even have that many people in my life to send cards to, but I really want to succeed at it.

My first card making attempts: (June 2017)


One of my latest cards: (December 2017)

I have a long way to go to get noticed in that niche, but more importantly, I want to reach that point where I am satisfied with my work. Already I can see great improvement from my first attempts.

Check out my Instagram page @rattleddreams to view all my latest card making attempts.


Cue cricket chirping noise.

Yeah, 2017 was that bad.

2016 was two steps forward, and 2017 was two steps back. I pretty much abandoned photography aside from a few images I’d randomly take while I was somewhere or my updated shelfie which dominated my 2017 best nine.



My reading habits changed so much this year.

Since I avoided the book community because of the drama, I missed out on my normal upcoming book news. Which meant I read (or purged) the books on my shelves for most of the year.

My manga addiction kicked back up throughout 2017, but spiraled out of control during the last few months of the year.

But I’m not complaining.

Unless it is about release dates, I don’t know what to do with all these new series and the wait times between them. Starting more new series doesn’t seem to help.

Oh, well, what’s a girl to do?

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Carrie has
completed her goal of reading
150 books in


Take that Goodreads goal! Boom!

Numbers wise, this wasn’t my lowest read year, but it was close. A large part of that was due to the massive number of let downs by my highly-anticipated books. There were so many low ratings that I gave up reading certain genres for long periods of time.

Are we friends on Goodreads? If not, and you would like to be friends over there, please make sure to answer my quick question. 

And that was my year.

What was your year like? Did you accomplish any goals? Learn anything new? Visit a new place? Tell me all about it. 

Until next year.

Your friend,


5 thoughts on “2017: So Long, Farewell, Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Bum

    • Carrie says:

      I’ve got some fun Bujo plans, the question will be, is my handwriting good enough to share them? lol.

      I am so surprised I smashed through my Goodreads goal. I started the year so far behind.


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