2016 RECAP

Happy New Year everyone! I am finally back to blogging after a little break and instead of my usual monthly recap I thought I'd do one on the year as a whole to get back into the swing of things. There's far too much to talk about in one post so I picked out the biggest points that sum up what 2016 was for me.

Sentido Hotel Turkey

It was a bit of a mixed bag of a year, but there was a six week period in May/June where so many good things were squeezed in, so that time was definitely the highlight for me. I done my last ever exam at University and only two days later went off on holiday to a beautiful hotel on the beach in Turkey. It was just what I needed after the insane stress of my final year at uni and left me feeling completely refreshed.

22nd Birthday Dinner Prezzo Glasgow

My 22nd birthday was soon after I got back and I had the most lovely weekend celebrating it. I had a little hair change on the Friday and while sitting with bleach on my hair in the fab Blow salon I received an email telling me I'd achieved a 2:1 Honours degree, so that really kicked off the weekend on a high note and gave me an extra reason to celebrate.

London Big Ben Westminster

The following week I headed down to London on my first solo trip to complete an internship at Kerrang! magazine. I was an amazing experience and made me so excited for my future career, plus I got to do some exploring around a city I love. The fact that I done the whole thing alone was quite a big deal for me as I'd never travelled alone before and London is a crazy city. My navigation skills are seriously lacking and I got lost way more times than I'd like to admit, but I also stepped out of my comfort zone in so many ways. I even sat in a bar alone with a glass of wine and my book, and no one looked at me like I was weird, so I learned to not be so self-conscious about these things.

Strathclyde University Graduation 2016

And after that it was my graduation, which was a really lovely day spent with Adam and my family. I'd really fallen out of love with uni by the end, so I was very relieved to have ended that part of my life and eager to see what came next. I'm still so proud of what I achieved, especially since I'd seriously considered dropping out more than once. I stuck it out, worked my butt off and I'm so glad I did.

Tabac Bar Glasgow

Which leads me on to the great low of my 2016, the dark cloud hanging over me for the past six months: I still haven't found a graduate job. Believe me, it's not through lack of trying - for at least three months I was checking job websites every single day. I knew journalism was a hard industry to get into, but man, I really thought I'd have done it by now.

Hot Chocolate Costa

I got another internship at a Glasgow-based magazine publishing company and thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks there. They told me if they'd had a vacancy they'd have loved to hire me but unfortunately they just weren't able to take anyone on at that time. I was disappointed but have since come to really appreciate what I learned there and the positive feedback I was given. It confirmed to me that, despite how hard it is to get a job, I have chosen the right industry to pursue a career in because every morning I genuinely looked forward to going into the office and I was brimming with ideas for articles.

Botanic Gardens Glasgow

I was not at my best in the later half of 2016. I am so fed up of my part-time retail job and far too impatient to find something new. I really did feel that this was holding me back the past few months and made me into a more negative person, which is something I'll really need to work on in 2017. Life doesn't always work out the way we plan, so I had some unexpected downtime these past few months and I can use what I learned to make sure 2017 goes my way no matter what.

Christmas Day 2016

To end on a lighter note, this festive season was actually one of my favourites in a long time. I had a bit of time off work after being there constantly in the run-up to Christmas and I spent lots of time with Adam and my family. I've been relaxing some days then been out and about on others, and it's been a great pick-me-up. It's allowed me to come into the new year feeling so much more positive and ready to take on the year and get myself back at the top of my game.

I may write a post about my goals for 2017, but for now I will say that I'm very excited to see what the year brings and I already have a few things to look forward to, like going back to London at the end of this month to see A Day To Remember as well as some more exploring!

How was your 2016?

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