THE 2019 EDIT: MY YEAR IN REVIEW
Just a few hours until 2020 and I’m going to be that person. I’m really excited for a new year and decade. Through the ’10s, I managed to finish college, university, college again and university again. I’m going into the ’20s putting education firmly behind me and finally onto adulthood. I might be 27 in two weeks but I certainly don’t feel very adult.
2019 has been a trying year for me. There were some real highs and some real lows yet I feel more focused than ever. I know what I want to achieve in life, I have a direction I want to go in and more importantly, I know I can pick myself up if something doesn’t go to plan.
I wanted to follow up on yesterday’s 2019 goals reflection with a look back at my year. My year seems pretty dull compared to most. I went on theatre trips, UK city breaks and watched a lot of TV. Honestly, it’s been a pretty quiet year and I don’t think I’d have had it any other way. Now I’m done with education, it’s been nice to have some downtime! Here’s a look at the 2019 edit: my year in review.
I started off the year with a day trip to Leeds. Sometimes I like to treat myself to a shopping trip out of town as I find the shops in Hull don’t have the best ranges! January also saw me finally finish my Masters degree. I failed my final project in September 2018 so had a couple of months to redo it again. I managed to get it done before my 26th birthday mid-month. This year, it was a quiet affair as I just went out for food with my parents.
The month started off with a trip to Leeds for the Blog & Beyond roadshow, where I met some of my favourite bloggers: Charlotte, Kirsty, Sophie and Bee. I also met some new faces, Yasmin, Nell, Jo and Siobhan, and have been loving their content ever since!
March was an exciting month for me. I travelled to London for the Country2Country festival. I stayed Friday-Monday but it was incredibly draining. The festival was amazing though so I’m going again next year but for an extra day. My graduation certificate also arrived so after 18 months of hard work, I can finally say I have a Masters degree.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake was the first show of 2019 I saw at the theatre and it blew me away. I’m excited to see another production of his, The Red Shoes, in 2020. 2019 was the year of the membership for me as I wanted to learn as much as possible about running a blog and a business. Firstly, I joined Julia’s Independent Girls Collective to get help with the business side of things.
The second show of the year I saw was Thriller Live, a production I had mixed feelings on. Mid-month, I took a solo city break to Chester, one of my favourite places to visit. I mostly went to shop for a couple of days and enjoy some time out! May has always been one of my favourite months because of Eurovision and then rubgy league’s Magic Weekend. Joining Grow & Glow this month was one of the best ideas I’ve had; the community of women is incredible and I’ve loved having a different accountability partner every month.
The start of June saw my friend Rachel and I go on an overnight trip to Sheffield to see Westlife. It’s been a dream of mine to see them since they released Swear It Again back in 1999. They were phenomenal and we had such a great time! I also connected with a local freelancer, Courtney, and started to help her out with her clients. I squeezed in another theatre trip and saw Motown the Musical. I’m now regretting now seeing it in the West End because it was amazing!
Another overnight stay, this time to London to see Hamilton and Carrie Underwood, which was one of the best days of my life. Hamilton was one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen and Carrie Underwood has firmly planted herself in my top 5 concerts of all-time list. Talk about a voice! We also went on a week-long family holiday to Lostwithiel in Cornwall, a part of the country I’ve not visited for nearly 10 years. For once, the weather was on our side and we got to see some beautiful towns and eat lots of food. After all, that’s what a trip is all about! I also managed a trip to Leeds to see Rock of Ages. I was disappointed to not see Kevin Clifton in the show but was impressed by his replacement, Antony Costa from Blue, one of my childhod faves!
August was probably the quietest month of the year for me: zero trips, zero shows seen and zero plans! I just knuckled down on freelance work!
We started the month off with a week-long family holiday to Stratford-upon-Avon, an area of the country we’ve never visited before. There were some great day trips in the area, some were a little naff, but Stratford itself was lovely. We did all the Shakespeare trips like typical tourists too! My annual cinema trip this year was Downton Abbey with my best friend, Ellie. It’s one of my favourite TV shows and the film didn’t disappoint.
Starting work back in retail wasn’t my ideal option but it was better than nothing so I managed to get my old Post Office job back. I saw three shows this month: On Your Feet in Sheffield, Northern Ballet’s Cinderella at Hull New Theatre and Six in the West End. I was also meant to see Jeremy Jordan but my bloody train was massively delayed, which was the most disappointing moment of the year! October also saw the beginning of my manifestation journey with a trip to Leeds for Victoria‘s vision board party. It was so lovely to meet some of my favourite bloggers, such as Rhianna and Megan as well as Hull freelancer, Laura.
November was another busy month as we get towards the end of the year! Two theatre shows, Cabaret and Kinky Boots, were in my diary. I got sick during Cabaret and unfortauntely had to leave at the interval. Kinky Boots was another complete surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and now it’s another regret not seeing it on the West End. A trip to Leeds for Sophie’s The Art of Balance workshop really opened my mind to how I want to really be living my life. My family and I also went out for a graduation meal as I chose not to attend the ceremony.
Before Christmas got into full swing, I signed up to Kat‘s group coaching to start in January. Taking my business to the next level in 2020 is a real aim for me and Kat’s guidance will get me to where I want to be! Every year, my work colleagues and I have our annual Chinese meal out; however, this year I stuffed my face way too much! My greatest achievement in 2019 however was that I managed to watch 43 Hallmark Christmas movies. Yes, they’re all cheesy and have pretty bad storylines but they’re great comfort movies and good to have on in the background when blogging/working from home!
2019 IN NUMBERS
84 – Number of films watched
83 – Number of TV series watched
50 – Number of empties
22 – Number of books read
34 – Number of blog posts
39 – Number of Instagram posts
10 – Number of theatre shows seen
3 – Number of concerts seen
12 – Number of new cities/towns visited
So there you have it, 2019 is done! I loved putting together the 2019 edit: my year in review and I hope you did too!
2020 looks set to be an exciting year for me with lots of plans already in place and I want it to finally be the year that I take my blog and business to the next level!
How was 2019 for you? Are you excited for the start of a new year and decade?
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