I’m in muchos denial about it having been a whole year since I last wrote an end-of-year post – but here we are at the end of 2019!
It’s been a funny old year, really. It’s not been the most eventful one I’ve had, but on reflection, there’s been so much going on that I’ve completely forgotten certain things actually happened in the last 12 months. I tried starting a monthly catch-up series in order to avoid that occurring, but we all know how I am with sticking to posting. Maybe in 2020, eh?
Having sat and thought about it, I’ve had quite a decent year and I’m sorry to see 2019 go. I’m one of those overly-emotional people at New Year; I know some will argue that the 31st December and 1st January are no different to each other, but I very much believe in the whole “clean slate” thing and genuinely get choked up at the bells. There is no telling me otherwise, so just go with it.
In the meantime, here are some of my personal “big moments” from the last year:
I moved, again
And not by choice, either. I can’t remember if I ever discussed this story on here? It’s kind of a long one, so we’ll let this tweet sum up my feelings at the time:
NIGHTMARE of a week. Ally and I are being evicted in three weeks (the landlords suddenly want to move their son in instead), I have a deadline like every two days and I just want to cry at every waking moment 🙃🙃
— hannah ✨ (@whathannahwrote) February 26, 2019
Incredibly dramatic, I know, but what a time. We’d only been there for four months and I was not impressed. We managed to find somewhere within the three weeks we were given – read your contracts, kids – and settled happily elsewhere. All’s well that ends well, I suppose!
I got down to Manchester to watch City… AND they won the league
Domestic treble, bay-baaaaay. I hardly ever get down to catch a game, which makes me feel like the worst supporter in the world, so I was buzzing to be able to get to the Spurs match with my dad in April. Hospitality at the Etihad, too; very different experience to the usual pie and Bovril affair I was used to, but I was more than happy to forego a pie in that exchange. And of course, they came out on top once again a few weeks later. Happiness all round.
I sat and passed my final, final exams
2018 marked the year I thought I’d broken my parents by telling them I was going straight back to university for a masters off the back of graduating from a four-year honours course. My family are super supportive, but if you could see my student loan debt… ooft. I returned to my previous university to sit my MA in Multimedia Journalism, and also decided to continue with all extra-curricular activities I had been taking part in during my last degree. Questionable decision on reflection, but I still managed to sit and pass all my exams at the same time. Shorthand didn’t quite make the cut, but all but one of my exams were in the one week so I was more than excited – and relieved – when those results came through from the NCTJ.
We had our first holiday abroad together
My boyfriend and I finally found time in our calendars to get away for a week, so off we headed to Zakynthos for our first anniversary in June. Yes, Zakynthos is the same place as Zante, but I’ve taken to calling it the former because I get questions about the party bit every time I say I went there. We were in the quiet part of the island so I can’t vouch for that side to it, but it’s certainly a stunning place. Many cocktails were consumed and I could count on my hand the amount of times we actually left the poolside – the laziness was needed.
I made a documentary
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be well aware of my movements this summer.
As part of my MA course, I had to carry out and submit a project between May and September. Never one to take the easy road, I decided that 50% of my project submission would consist of a short TV documentary on the whisky industry. Luckily, that’s kind of my background, so I wasn’t totally throwing myself in at the deep end, but if I’d gone into it knowing how much work I would need to put in… I maybe wouldn’t have been so willing to put myself forward for it.
It was a stressful few months, not helped by the fact that I additionally opted to film and edit the entire thing as a mobile journalism piece based on a remote Scottish island. I still got it submitted in time though, and it sits at a good 20 minutes, so I was more than pleased with the outcome. The link is below, if anyone is interested (or is looking for a mobile journalist… cough cough):
I graduated! Again!
The documentary passed and everything worked out, so in November I found myself graduating for a second time. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t take a little bit of pride in donning my graduation robes for the second year in a row – I was never anything impressive academically, and it was a shock to have been accepted into university the first time round let alone actually accept a second degree straight after. It was also my literal lifelong ambition to become a journalist, so to be able to say I’m a BJTC-accredited journalist feels pretty good. Just need to get the shorthand and I’ll officially get that NCTJ accreditation too!
I got to work in my dream workplace and it was EVERYTHING
I tried to be professional and not scream about this on social media, nor cry every time I stepped into the building, but an opportunity arose at the end of the year whereupon I got a job with the BBC here in Scotland to work on the election coverage during the recent general election. For a budding political journalist, this was a total dream. I may have been the only person in the country who didn’t want the election campaign to hurry up and finish already. Getting to work on the overnight results programme was BY FAR a highlight – I would usually stay up and follow it intently, so to have been able to play a part… ugh. I still get way too excited over it all.
I realised very soon into writing this that I could go on and on, so I think this is a good place to stop! It’s been a good year, and this has actually made me realise that it’s very easy to overlook the positives when they’re scattered amongst everything else going on. So, what’s some of your highlights from 2019? Let me know below!