So I recently uploaded my 2019 reflections and I thought it would be cool to look back on the last 10 years as well, now we are at the dawn of a new decade. My goodness as a lot happened in the last 10 years. Some pretty big milestones in my life and some life-changing decisions and achievements. Here is a brief rundown of the last 10 years for me.
2010 – A Year of Firsts
This was a pretty big year for me. I had not long been driving and I was loving my new freedom. It was a year of a lot of firsts. On my 18th Birthday, I got my first (and only, so far) tattoo. I had my first girls holiday to Mallorca and my first camping holiday with friends to Newquay. I went on a lovely family holiday to Spain and I was in my first relationship.
2011 – Free Education
After 2 years at Sixth Form College in 2011, I made the most of my third free year of education and completed an AS Level course in accounting. Whilst looking for jobs in accounting I realised it wasn’t for me. We had another awesome family holiday to the Algarve in Portugal.
2012 – Inspiration
My sister and I went on a 2 week holiday to LA. We stayed with our cousin in Pasadena and we explored all the major LA tourist destinations. The Hollywood hills, the walk of fame, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, Warner Brother studio tour, Universal Studios. We also went camping in the mountains above Palm Springs and did an awful lot of shopping.
My LA trip inspired me to want to make a mark on the world and forge an exciting career so I signed up for University.
This year I also got to experience the joy and trauma of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It was truly stunning but a nightmare for someone with quite bad hayfever.
2013 – Preparation
I had been working at Tesco part-time since 2008 so this year I went full time in a new role on Scan As You Shop so I could save as much money as possible for university.
We had what was supposed to be our last family holiday together in Paxos, a beautiful Greek Island. Then in September 2013, I moved into Dorchester House, my Bournemouth University halls of residence. I epically failed at freshers fortnight making it out 2 nights in 2 weeks and only staying up until 1 am. But I loved my new room and being by the sea, I made new friends and started to settle in.
2014 – Homesick
In 2014 my Dad had a very serious accident. He fell 20 ft off a rooftop and landed on his back. He broke the top 2 vertebrae in his spine and had a complicated surgery. It all happened very quickly in the Spring of this year. I remember being in the middle of a movie night with my new friends and getting the text from Mum.
I felt very trapped down in Bournemouth without my car and I struggled with the worry I felt for my Dad. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and was back doing his extreme sports hobbies as soon as he could. But this event made me feel so far away from home, even though it was only an hour and a half drive. So towards the end of my first year, I moved my car down to Bournemouth.
I had managed to save a lot of money for University and with the student loan covering nothing and Tesco not having a position for me back home over the summer I decided to get a job down in Bournemouth when I returned for my second year in September. This was in a bigger Tesco just out of town and I got to try several other roles within the store.
2015 – Perseverance
This year was mostly just university stuff. I was not really enjoying University and I was becoming more aware of the flaws with the course I was studying, and the value for money I didn’t feel I was getting. I still felt homesick but I had my car so I was home quite a lot. I eventually transferred my job from the Bournemouth Tesco back to my home store and would drive home at weekends to work.
Before I returned for my final year of University mum and I went on a week holiday to Procida, a small island off the coast of Naples, Italy. We were so excited about our holiday but it did not quite live up to our expectations. Naples was a very dirty place and the island was not much better. We don’t love a brit abroad type holiday but no one on the Island spoke good English and as I am a hater of cheese I struggled with food. I also got eaten alive by mosquitoes and was in a constant state of discomfort. But we got to see Pompeii which was awesome!
2016 – Celebration!
Although I didn’t love it and I struggled with being away from home, I didn’t quit. I stuck it out, I worked hard and I got a good grade. In July 2016 I graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 with Honours in Digital Media Design. I was very proud of my achievement and with the fact, I had managed to leave University with money in my account. Enough money to buy my second car, my “grown-up” car.
After University I attended my roommates’ wedding and started the job hunt. In September I had the most amazing two weeks of my life on a perfect holiday with my boyfriend in Kefalonia, Greece. We spent the first week relaxing by the pool and the second week exploring the island in a hire car. When I returned from holiday I started my new job in a Bank. Unfortunately, I hated it and I had quit within 3 months.
Luckily as my sister works for Virgin our family holiday game had picked up and we went on a week all-inclusive holiday to Antigua just before Christmas. It was amazing! Such a beautiful island. We went zip lining and I got to try snorkelling for the first time.
2017 – Got My S**t Together
After Christmas, I was back on the job hunt and I actually only ended up being unemployed for a week and a half when my friend saw an ad for a job in a local marketing agency. In a very quick recruitment process, I was in the doors working as an SEO Consultant for PPC Stars. I loved the people and quickly fit in. My time in the bank had given me massive anxiety and resulted in a diagnosis of IBS, but my confidence started to pick up again in my new job and I soon became very comfortable there.
I maintained my friendship with my best friend from University Amy and we met up and visited Coventry together and in May we went on a week-long holiday to Mallorca. It was brilliant, full of wine, long walks, long chats and a perfect amount of food. I moved in with my boyfriend and I really got into running. During my final year of University and with my anxiety-fueled IBS I had gained quite a bit of weight (for me). But with a healthier diet and a new found love of running, I got to a really good place with my health.
Between Christmas and New Year myself, mum, my sister and my boyfriends mum went to New York for a few days. We saw a lot of the major sites of New York and we did a hell of a lot of walking. It was freezing!
2018 – Massive Highs & Huge Lows
This year it snowed in April! I know right. It was beautiful but I live in the UK so it was inconvenient. It was my mum’s 50th Birthday so my sister and I threw a surprise birthday party with friends and family. It went really well. My dad also arranged a surprise holiday for mum to Salzburg, Austria. I went with my mum to Salzburg and we had an incredible week exploring the small city and visiting a LOT of the sound of music sites.
A couple of months later I went on my first trip abroad with work. I was no longer working in the SEO department, I was a part of the web team and my colleagues lived in Javea, Spain. I spent a week working alongside them and learning all I could.
When I returned from my trip my relationship unfortunately ended and I was a complete mess for a while. This is the relationship I got into in 2010 so it was a very serious and therefore a very big event in my life.
My sister cheered me up with a short trip to Dubai, it was literally all about relaxing by the pool and tanning but I enjoyed seeing my first camel walking along the beach and seeing how the other half live in such a luxury country. The all you can eat buffet in our hotel was insane. I ate so much!
An amazing event this year was seeing my friends Amy & Andy getting married, we had all lived together at university and I was so grateful to be able to share their special day with them. It was a beautiful day and a nice weekend away with my mum.
At work, PPC Stars were rebranding to Vooba and I picked up the baton of organising the rebrand. I ended up managing the entire project and completing the majority of the tasks to see the rebrand was successful. I really enjoyed the process, from organising to creating and I learned so much by doing so. The rebrand took several months and was scheduled to launch on January 1st, 2019.
Before breaking up for the Christmas break I had asked my boss if I could move to Spain to work closer with the rest of the web team and he had said yes. So I was excited for 2019.
Over the Christmas break, my mum, sister and I went to New York again, but this time just for a day. It was a bit warmer and we did a lot less walking so it was a more enjoyable time. Travelling upper class and walking out of an airport with only a handbag was a pretty cool experience.
2019 – Adventure
If you have read my recent post on my 2019 reflections you will know this was an incredible year for me. It was mostly a year of travel. I flew to Alicante on the 16th of January. Whilst living in Javea I visited, Valencia, Madrid, Guadalest and to round off my trip, Barcelona. I discovered a love of creating video content, I modelled wedding dresses, had an epic night out and my last horrendous hangover, did a lot of walking and got back into running.
Returning home just for May, I caught up with friends and spent as much time with family as possible before flying off to Australia.
I stopped in Kuala Lumpur and stayed with a friend. I landed in Sydney on the 16th June and embarked on an 18 Day East Coast Tour with G Adventures. I had the time of my life, surfing, sea kayaking, joy plane riding, canoeing, snorkelling and so much more. I visited so many amazing places and continued to after the tour was over. I lived in Brisbane for a month in the hostel and again a few months later as a WorkAwayer.
I flew home at the beginning of December and have been enjoying Christmas and New Year with family. We also did another ‘New York in a Day’ trip which was brilliant, I got to see some of the sights I have not seen before.
2020 – ???
And here we are 2020. What a decade it has been and what a decade we have to come. This year I turn 28! Looking back at all that has happened and how much I have changed in the last 10 years I cannot imagine where I will be 10 years from now. It’s mad and kind of mind-blowing. I am excited and nervous about what is to come. I have no plan of action but my one big goal for this decade is to buy my own house. Other than that it’s the usual stuff, try to be healthy, find what makes me happy and get as much of it in my life as possible. Cheers to 2020 everyone. I hope it’s a good one for you all!