With a brand new year just around the corner, it seems like the right time to make a post looking back at the last 12 months. Whilst I love reading posts like this, reflection posts are just not usually my thing. This being said, as we crawl, or rather sprint, depending on how your year has been going, towards the end of 2019, we not only reach the last few days of the year, but we also conclude a complete decade.
As of a few days time, we will be entering into a whole new era and I wanted to take a quick look back at the last ten years. I wanted to do this, only on a personal level though, so no Brexit or politics is involved (yay).
Taking it right the way back to the start of the decade, I finished school in June 2010. Back then you could leave school at the ripe old age of 16, and this I did, with all seventeen GCSE’s in tow. It was quite a proud moment to say the very least, especially since I had been sitting the exams since I was 14.
Going To College
Although I did not have much of an idea what I wanted to ‘do’ when I left school, I knew I wanted to go to college and work on something creative. I got in to my first choice of college and completed my A levels in 2012. I studied graphic design and communication, English language, English literature, drama and media.
To Uni or Not To Uni
Still not done with putting myself through exams, I signed up for more education and a whole load of debt in 2013. I took a year between finishing college and going to university to make sure I picked the right course and took some time to think about where I wanted to study. My course brought me to London and I restarted my studies in 2013.
So the first 6 years of the 2010’s were very education focused for me as you can tell. I graduated from university in 2016 with a degree in journalism. Getting through my time at university was incredibly difficult in places, mainly because I had absolutely no friends on my course and a distinct lack of interest in some of the course content. One of the things I am most proud of this decade is finishing my degree despite all of that. You can read more on my university story here.
Moving to London
In between my first and second years at university I was not able to stay in London as I had nowhere to live. When I moved to back to the city for my second year, I made sure I picked out a house I could make a home. Luckily for me, things started to look up, as I had the best housemates and could finally get myself in a better place both physically and mentally and this really gave me the strength to finish my degree. I also had a better social life from this point because I stopped trying to be friends with other students and focused on the great people that were now surrounding me. I even managed to stay in London between years two and three, getting my first dip into the freelance pond, working from home over the summer for a national newspaper, to pay my bills.
Built a Life For Myself
Getting a summer job when I was in university was a real turning point for me in this decade. It helped make 2015 one of the best years of my life. It also gave me a confidence boost which I needed to remind myself that ‘I can do this’. Whilst I haven’t always loved the jobs I have had since university, I remain proud of the fact that I have been able to stay in London and travel a little bit too. It’s a difficult city to survive in and I have delight in the fact that it hasn’t eaten me, yet.
Towards the very end of the 2010’s, and by that I mean the latter part of this year, I have launched myself into freelancing on a full time basis. I am so much happier in doing this, despite the struggles, than I ever have been in an office based 9-5 and I have no regrets. I really want to work hard on this throughout the 20’s, especially 2020.
Found My Mr
One of the best things about moving to London for me was the diverse range of people it introduced me to, which had previously been somewhat limited in my hometown. As cheesy as it is to say, moving to London let me meet my Mr. After countless hilariously bad dates, I met my partner in 2017, four years after moving to London.
Great Places to Live
Anyone that knows anything about property, especially in London, will tell you how difficult it can be to find the right place. Of course I have not lived in my perfect paradise when it comes to houses and flats, but I have always managed to find somewhere I was able to make a home. Clean, safe and warm places in decent locations are a lot harder to find than it sounds, especially in London.
Whilst a lot of my friends have been busy getting married, buying cars, having babies, buying houses and oh so much more, it is important not to compare your life path to that of others. As you can see, I did a lot of growing up in the last decade and made some big choices that have put me on the path I am on today.
These are some of the things I am most proud of from the 2010’s. What are you most proud of from the last ten years? Let me know in the comments below.