This year has been filled with some amazing highlights but there were some lows too. As Instagram can be a highlight reel and I’ve done little monthly posts here and there I thought I would do a post talking about the big things that happened in 2019. Including the lows as well as the highs.
The first big thing that happened to me in 2019 was that I was made redundant. This happened in January and I never really spoke about it as I hadn’t been in the job long, it was only a part-time retail job but it hit me really hard. It was really gutting news and one that we found out through the newspapers rather than from head office. I had finally made friends through this job and had finally felt settled in Dundee and it really brought me down.
Thankfully I had a few months before it kicked in and there was the chance we could be offered a new job within the company but it wasn’t what I wanted to hear in the first month of the year.
I almost immediately started job hunting. I hated the insecurity that came with redundancy and as I have my own flat I really couldn’t afford to be without a job.
That being said the first month or so I allowed myself to be pretty picky with the kind of job I wanted. I figured since I had a few months I could take the time to find something that paid well and was decent hours and thankfully, I quickly found the one that suited me.
By March I was starting my new job and leaving the old one behind. I was so scared to move jobs as I really enjoyed the team I worked with but it all worked out. I’m still in the same job and I don’t see me leaving it until I finish uni.
This is the best thing that happened in 2019. WE GOT ENGAGED! I actually can’t believe that it happened even although Nick and I have been together for 6 years and I knew the whole time he had the ring. Although we aren’t getting married until we have finished uni in a few years’ time, I can’t wait to be a wifey.
I’ve got a whole post coming up in the next week that will talk about everywhere I visited in 2019 but here’s a small overview of our two big holidays abroad.
In May we jetted off to Iceland. I cannot explain how amazing this trip was, it’s genuinely my most favourite country ever. We spent a week here and it really just was not long enough. Our highlights included seeing the Geysir, the plane wreckage, going to the blue lagoon and whale watching.
In August we jetted off to Fuerteventura. This was a holiday with my family and I loved every minute of it. It was so nice to get some sunshine and I always completely relax when I am here. Having Nick there encouraged me to go and explore more of the island and I really found the style I wanted for my Instagram while I was here.
I’m going to do a whole blog post about this now that I am comfortable talking about it but I actually failed 2nd year of uni in June. Despite this, I decided to continue with my degree and go back in September to repeat the modules that I failed. Now I’ve actually been able to focus on uni and make it the priority it should be. I feel like I fit in better with this year’s class.
Joined my uni’s social media team
This year I had the confidence to apply for my uni’s social media team and I became part of the team! I’ve taken over their Instagram for a day, wrote blog posts for them and it’s just been great to have other people support and encourage me so much with my blog.
This year I worked with numerous brands on my blog and I am so proud of myself. I’ve worked with Moonpig, National Express, Innis and Gunn and Megabus just to name a few.
It’s let me continue to grow my skills, got me an extra job at uni that has enhanced my CV and overall has been fun. I can’t see where it takes me in 2020.
2019 had it’s up’s and downs. I really didn’t expect to lose a job, fail university and end up going through counselling again but here we are. Life isn’t a highlight reel and these things happen. The good definitely outweighs the negative and I’m going into 2020 with a lot more confidence and positivity.
How was your 2019? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments!