2015, for me, seems to have passed almost scarily quickly. It just doesn’t feel like a full year has gone by since last January, and so, to metaphorically press pause on the beginning of 2016, and in the spirit of thinking about where you have been to decide where you want to go next, I have decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon of reflecting on the past year.
My mantra for 2016.
2015 was the year I turned 22 – my favourite number, attributable to my obsessive compulsive tendencies to prefer even numbers, and questionable maths skills that have convinced me that 22 is the most even number ever. It has been a year of glorious ups, and some difficult downs, but in all, I am proud of what I have achieved, and am looking back on it not so much as a chapter to be left behind, but rather as one to continue and build on in the coming years.
Part of the reason my year has passed so quickly is that I began my final year of university in September, and have well and truly got my head down in the books. I love my degree subjects, and am determined to do my best, but am I also very aware that life after university will bring a whole new set of changes and challenges, so I am making the most of the end of an era!
My 2015 work space – where a LOT of to-do lists have been completed.
As my university career draws to a close, I have been thinking about the many reasons I love Glasgow and never want to leave – the arts scene, the hidden gems of bars and restaurants on cobbled streets, the subway with only one line, which means that even I, with my appalling sense of direction, can’t get lost, and, of course, the people. In Glasgow, I have encountered both kind and hilarious strangers, and met some of my new favourite people, who I have a feeling will be life-long friends.
2015 was also the year that I started working seriously towards my career goals. I am grateful to Oxford University Press and Freight Books for giving me the opportunity to learn about, and gain experience in, the publishing industry, and this year I also started working as Copywriter at The Glasgow PR Girl, and as Culture Editor of the Glasgow Guardian. This means I have been (and continue to be!) more than a little busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! While I am still fine tuning the exact plan (and my CV), this year I have become surer of who I am as a person, what I’m good at, and what I am looking for in my career – in a nutshell – working creatively with words, meeting and working with innovative and interesting people, and ultimately, * deep breath *, having the freedom to work for myself.
Perks of working for The Glasgow PR Girl – being part of fabulous events and meeting wonderful people! This was taken at the launch of Girl Meets Brush.
A side project of 2015 that I am very proud of is producing and directing a dance show, which, despite many dramas, difficulties, and a lot of late nights, was, if I do say so myself, a pretty great success. Along the road I managed to create a fusion of ballet and Irish dancing, have some fabulous people perform my choreography, learn a lot about the backstage aspects of putting on a show, and conquer my fears of public speaking. (I still hate it, but I now know that upon standing up in front of an audience and saying words, I will not spontaneously combust.)
Performing my choreography with some of my gorgeous dancers.
I also snuck in a little weekend trip to Amsterdam this year, with my mum and my sister, which meant I got a much needed girly family break of vintage shopping, great food, and soaking up the fantastic atmosphere of one of my favourite cities.
Beginning and ending 2015 with my gals.
I started, and ended 2015 with some of my best friends, who I travelled around Europe with in the Summer of 2014, (which you can read about in three parts, beginning here,) and I am very thankful to have them. 2015 has been a year I have learnt a lot about myself, and about what is important to me. I have met some amazing new people, and become closer to old friends. Take the time to reflect on your year, I’d love to hear about it – drop me a comment with your thoughts, or a link to your own blog, and I wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2016!