Of all the years I remember, 2015 was the year that really seemed to fly by. Both sad and elated to see the end of it, this year has brought some real challenges as well as some fond memories. While I’m glad to be able to look back on it, I’m left feeling somewhat wistful and nostalgic at the prospect of another year. Nonetheless, I am excited, if not slightly apprehensive to see what 2016 has in store for me!
So here’s a mini-review of this year and what it has brought for me personally.
This year I completed my HNC in Media & Communications with an A in the graded unit, which I managed to achieve by writing, illustrating and publishing a children’s book! (A lifelong dream)
I was accepted into my second year, studying at HND hasn’t been much of a jump, but a lack of motivation is already starting to kick in, so I’m trying to stay on top of it. This was also the year I applied for Uni, I’m not sure where I’ll end up going but truth be told, I hope I stay in Glasgow, I’ve already had an offer for Napier in Edinburgh but I’m not all that keen to relocate to a new city. I’m always looking to learn more, so studying at this stage is still a must. This course has boosted my confidence exponentially, I’m hoping that this will continue until I’m more comfortable making videos of myself!
2015 was also the year I started this blog, and as of tonight I’ve officially hit over 2 million views! It’s scary knowing that my site has been seen that many times and I’m still figuring things out but I’m enjoying the process and creative outlet.
My whole summer was spent working to save up living costs for college in September. I returned to my full-time nanny job to two beautiful 1 1/2-year-old twin girls and a 3-year-old little monkey. I find this job incredibly rewarding, if not entirely exhausting. [And I resent anyone talking down to me for not keeping a job during term time, I worked in excess of 50 hour weeks so I didn’t HAVE to work during term time.]
The great thing about it was that I could set my own hours, and work from home. I often had the twins at home for the day while the little boy was at preschool. Being able to set my hours meant that I could really make the most of being home!
Christmas was really special for me this year, not only did we have all of my siblings home but also their partners. I’m really sad to be heading back to the city in 2016.
2015 has been a real year of ‘yes’ for me. Being in a HND class meant that tutors often ask us to help with media projects or pass our contacts along to people who need help with similar tasks.
I needed up working solo on quite a big project after several people backed out on me and a client last minute, even though I was stressed and slightly upset at the prospect of this, it proved to be one of the most useful things I have ever done in terms of experience. I even got to meet a well known DJ in the process. I love working on projects, but have found I am often shortchanged when it comes to credit, that’s why this year I’m focussing on being more assertive when asking for any credit due.
Going to college this year has really meant that I have a wider circle of friends to rely on, however, thanks to student accommodation I also have many friends I met, lived and partied with. I even live with two of them now! Friends are something that’s always perplexed me, making friends have never really been a problem, but as a general rule and looking back over my past few years it’s easy to understand why I’m reluctant to get too close to anyone.
This year I’ve resolved to go to more events and classes(gym) to meet more adults, and hopefully some that don’t commute to the city! (Most people I’m friends with are a few hours out of the city.)
I also met loads of cool people at comic con, and was given a few nerdy locations suggested to me, there’s a really neat gaming cafe near where I live, so I’m keen to go there more often this year!
Despite being in my 20’s, I’m still not sure what I want to do with my life, but I think that in 2015 I started to gain back some of the confidence lost to me in my youth. It’s also the year I started to become comfortable with who I am. (A geeky-weirdo who loves her dog.)
The biggest thing I’ve learned this year was that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I’m sure as heck not perfect, but then.. who is?