Thoughts From A Year Ago

I shared a post a long time ago about letters I had written to my future self. There’s a site called FutureMe where you can write a letter to yourself on any date. They store the email, and then send it to you on that date. It’s really cool!

Well, on New Years Day, I received a letter from myself that I wrote back on January 1 2017. So, I’ll share bits and pieces of the letter, and also write a response, because I talk (argue) with myself as I read it anyway.


So let’s again talk about things that current us would like to achieve within the year.

First, if we don’t have our full registration by now, what the shit dude. You should’ve gotten it by April by the latest. I’m pretty sure we’d have it by the time you’re reading this though.

Okay, 2017 Angela, you should know that we are lazy and it’s very easy for us to slip out of good habits. Like driving constantly. It’s been that way for years…but I really do need to get around to that. Driving is kind of a life skill. So, that’s fair. You should yell at me about that.


Second, how was wedding and honeymoon? Bet we took lots of photos, and had way too much fun compiling albums. Do we have lots of instant photos? Put them in an album too.

Both were AMAZING. I remember feeling so jealous when I wrote this letter that 2018 me had already gone through all of this, and I still had to wait a few months. If I could relive those moments, I would. Yes, we did also take a million photos. Have you seen the album in Google Photos? It’s insanely packed. We do also have quite a few physical photos from both the wedding and honeymoon in albums which were very fun to make.


Thirdly, which is tangentially related. Money. I know we didn’t save much the last year, but that’s cause Sydney and Honeymoon got paid off. So this year we will try our best to save a lot more. That’d be neat. Maybe we’re even starting to look at owning a house. I know we’ll still be living in this flat, but if we have to hash it out for one more year so we save even more, I’m down. This place is super convenient for town things.

Haha, you had no idea we’d own a house by now. Nobody knew really. It was a huge surprise for us! Because of that, our savings are a lot lower. But we own a house, so it’s an even trade! I will say though, I do occasionally miss the convenience of that tiny flat in town. Everything was within walking distance.


Fourth, I hope we’re still driving. We need that experience on the road. We’ve only been doing it for a few days at the moment. But we can do it!! If you’ve been driving everyday till you read this, then we may even be able to go for full. It would be awesome if we could cross that off our adult list too.

Okay, so driving has come up twice now. I ‘conveniently’ left that off my 2018 goals as I just feel like I still won’t do it. It’s been on my goals list since 2016, but I just keep not driving for months on end. Then it takes me ages to get back into. I do really want to get my full license, but at the same time, the laziness runs deep. I have slowly started driving again this past week though. Here’s hoping it’ll stick?

evening walk 2

Fifth, that’s all I can think of. In general, maybe we could work out more, try get more healthy and fit, but that’s all good. We’re doing okay. What’s our new calendar look like? You buy more cardigans? How’s the family? Jo and Tibor finally get married? How’s Ma and Pa? Is their house drowning in fairy lights? How’s the boy doing at uni? He get a job or his license?

Yeah, I always have the general goal of doing better with health and fitness. I’m in okay shape, but I could do better. Also, that’s a lot of questions. Here’s my answers.

Our new calendar is from the same artist as last year, and it’s just as hilarious. I have actually bought more cardigans. The family is pretty good. Jo and Tibor did actually get married! Ma and Pa are good too. Per mum’s request, we all got her another few (many) boxes of fairy lights, so it’s definitely getting more and more bright. The boy (a.k.a. my brother Andrew) is doing good at uni as far as I know. He’s working towards getting both a job and his license.


Sixth, I’m out of things to say.

See you in a year, Mrs Angela Jenkins.

What a way to end the letter. Also, I find it cute that I ended it on my new married name.

I have now just gone and written another letter that I will send to my 2019 self. I won’t share it here, as I love keeping it as a surprise!

Have you guys ever used Future Me, or written a letter to your future self?


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  1. Aww this your letter to yourself was so cute! I am really tempted to write one for myself aswell now haha! I am so happy that you got your own house, it’s such a huge dream of mine too! ☺️ xx

    1. Thanks Jasmin! Haha, you should totally write one to yourself! It’s funny how much can happen in a year 🙂

  2. Really cool idea of a post Angela. I need to start working out this year constantly because I did it spring/summer last year every day and I was so happy. Also definitely need to save money, but for me that’s so hard, this year will definitely be a learning experience. xx

    1. Thank you Azra! Sticking to a workout routine and saving up more are constant goals for me, but surprisingly hard to stick to the more you try. Here’s hoping we both manage to do it 😀

      1. Oh yes definitely agree, those are so hard to get in right routine. Let’s hope we can do it! xx

  3. I love this so much! so cute that you signed off with your new name & I love that you had NO idea you’d own a house already. I really like the idea of writing yourself a letter ??

    1. Thanks Jamie!! I always look forward to this at the beginning of a new year! I’ve gotten in the habit of doing it for a few years now, and it’s always funny to see where my head was at a year previously 🙂

  4. I love this. Definitely want to do it. I feel like if you didnt achieve something it would be more of a motivator for the next year. Happy new year !

    1. You should definitely try it! It’s a lot of fun to read the letter a year down the line. Happy new year to you too Yvonne!

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  6. This was so cute, Angela! I love the idea of writing yourself a letter. I haven’t done so in years, though.

    1. I’m glad you liked it Diana! It’s a lot of fun to read the letter and see what I wrote a year ago haha 🙂

  7. This is such a cool idea! I remember I emailed myself a letter in high school and opened it six months later, it’s crazy how much your perceptions change in a year

  8. This is such an adorable post!! Don’t feel bad about driving – I’m just about to finish my classes but have to wait 5 more months to actually take the full license test. Hoping I use that time to actually practice buuuut xD Loved reading this, what a sweet idea 😀

    1. Thanks Mel! Haha, I don’t know what it is about driving, but it’s easy to fall out of habit with it. Getting back into it is surprisingly hard! Hopefully we both stick with it 😀

  9. What a fun task! Your wedding photos are beautiful and it’s so wonderful you’ve got your own house 🙂

    1. It really is fun! Thanks Chanelle 🙂

  10. This is great, and will be so much fun for you to continue looking back at – even your future kids will read these!! 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah! It is more fun each time I do it, I’m slowly collecting more letters! Haha, they’re out for everyone to see now, forever online 😀

  11. Wonderful idea with the letter to your future self, I have a feeling that my past self would have quite high expectations so I’m not really sure I would want to receive that letter ?

    1. It’s definitely a fun idea! Haha, I always seem so optimistic with my goals at the beginning of the year. Then when I read the letter, it seems like I fell short haha! This time though, there was lots of excitement 🙂

      1. You’ve had a great year ?

  12. This is the coolest idea!!!! What a lovely way to look back at the twists and turns you probably never expected! x

    1. I’m glad you like it too! It is a really cool way of looking back to the year 🙂

  13. So cute…

    1. I’m glad you liked it ?

  14. How cute to find such letters and smile fondly at what you might have felt at the moment when you wrote them. I am yet to open my letters which are lying back home. Hope you get to cross driving regularly off your adult list soon….xx

    1. Its so much fun! I always look forward to see what I’ve written a year ago. So much can change in that time ?

      1. Indeed so much can change. xx

  15. Your letter to yourself was so cute I literally have just written a letter to send myself in 2019 which should be interesting ? great post xx

    1. Thanks Amelia! Yay! I’m glad you’ve written yourself one too! It’s funny to think where you might be when you read it in a year’s time 😀

      1. It’s okay and yeah it definitely is ? xx

  16. Such a neat idea! Love this post (:

    1. Thanks Shannon! I’ve always loved the idea of writing a letter to your future self 🙂

  17. I only found a few posts on WordPress about FutureMe so I decided to post my own letter on my blog ? . It really is a cool concept and I hope you get driving soon – it’s worth it!

    1. Future Me is such a cool site! It’s definitely worth talking about and if you feel comfortable, sharing your own letter! Thank you ?

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