Sunday, 31 December 2017

I don't know if a post like this would interest anyone, but I like to write it anyway for myself. At this time of year, I enjoy looking back at my own reflections from past years. It's nice to know how far you've come in your life and how much has changed. Of course, reading on past reflections can sometimes not be the healthiest option. Life isn't always as productive or giving. However, luckily for me, 2017 is a year I look back on with a huge smile on my face, and this is why.

So much has happened this year. I successfully passed my first year of uni and got promoted to the second year. I went to my first ever music festival, Liverpool Soundcity. This was also my first proper professional experience as I was sent by my uni, BIMM London to write about it. Last February, I was sent to Abbey Road Studios and had the best time walking in the footsteps of some the best musicians to grace our world.

Needless to mention, I went to many gigs, some of which I reviewed over on my new website. This is something I also started in 2017 and serves as my professional portfolio. Oh, I even made business cards! And how can I forget... I experienced snow for the first time EVER!

2017 had many first time moments for me. Aside from the music festival, I did some professional journalism work and voted in my first ever Referendum back home. I also gave out my first ever presentation at uni, giving me a lot of confidence as I surprisingly enjoy giving them.

Before I get into confidence, I want to write down some of the less happy moments from 2017.  Trump took office back in January - that wasn't good. For me personally, however, I had to say goodbye to my first ever flat in London. I was very happy to leave yet sad at the same time. It was a tiny flat yet was home, and saw me grow from a scared 20-year-old living in a foreign country for the first time, to a happy individual knowing exactly what she's doing.

The summer was probably the most stressful time of my life. I didn't have a home for almost two months so I was living on my kind friends' sofa whilst being rejected by numerous landlords. I moved further out of the city so moving was both physically and emotionally painful. However, I now get to live with two of my best friends in a nice flat and I feel more settled than ever.

But it wasn't only my flat I had to say goodbye to. In May I left my 4-year-old job for an unexpected opportunity. I never thought that sending an application for my new job would be successful. Nevertheless, I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. It was truly the end of an era.

I cannot say much about my new job except that it makes me incredibly happy. I work with fantastic people and I experience numerous 'pinch me' moments. It was the best decision I could do for my mental health and for that I'm proud. I'm also proud of myself as I never thought I could get such a job. It truly puts me out of my comfort zone and I sometimes finish a shift and I am in awe of myself. If only 10-year-old me knew such confidence existed within me.

And friends, with that I bring this blog post to an end. I guess in a nutshell 2017 was a year of growth and improving on my confidence. What a tool to have.

I wish you nothing more than happiness and health for 2018. I'm excited for what's to come. All I know is that I'm going to work incredibly hard and make the most of this funny thing called life.

Until next post,
Maria x

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