Reflecting on 2016

So another year has flown by, and by flown I really do mean FLOWN. 2016 has really gone far too quickly…
As is a tradition on my blog, this post is a little reflective post on my 2016. These may be my favourite posts to do, it’s always nice to see what you’ve achieved, filtered down onto one page.

So 2016 was a mixed year for us all I think. We’ve had a shoddy year of politics, a stupidly sad number of celebrities dying, and a disgusting war situation in Syria. If someone had told me this time last year that all of those things would happen in the space of 12 months I’d have told them to piss off. But no, here we are. But we’ve made it.

I guess if I ignore all those things (and uni, as once again my average grades are nothing to be proud of), my 2016 has been one of the best years of my life:

I’ve been able to hang out with some internet friends a load of times. And finally got to meet another one. Meeting Lauren for the first time was truly lovely. I’ll never forget us having a massive hug as I got off the bus and saw her for the first time (it was literally like we were in a film). Meeting her has also meant I’ve been to somewhere I’ve never been before. Norwich.

Talking of Norwich, 2016 was the year of my uni placement, which was a lovely little radio station in Norwich. I was so, so worried about this. For many reasons, the distance from home, the world of work, whether I was any good, the money side of things. But the three months at that station were truly magical. I had so much fun. I learnt a lot, and for the first time in my years of education I actually felt like I was welcomed by everyone. As cringe as it sounds, I felt like I fitted in.

Back to friends. I got to see a lot of them. And that makes me very happy. I hope 2017 is just as kind to me.

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Then there are the gigs. Well, I went to quite a few. I was so, so lucky I got to meet a few of my favourite people…

As usual, Michael (McIntyre) was as chatty and kind as ever. I’d not met Russell (Howard)since the start of 2014, so meeting him twice this year was so nice. Then there was Jon (Richardson), who is incredibly sweet. Josh (Widdicombe), who I think I slightly scared but we’ll gloss over that. Scott (Mills), who I’ve wanted to meet for four years and didn’t disapoint. And Chris (Stark) and Greg (James) who were as lovely as they were two years ago, it was very much a lovely reunion. I’ll never get over how lucky I am to see all these people, if you’d have told 16 year old me I’d have met these people, multiple times, by the time I was 20, I’d have told you to stop lying to me. I’m very excited to see what 2017 brings, I’ve already got a couple of gigs at the start of January so, who knows what the following 11 months will bring.

And this year was the year I started my third and final year of uni. I’m so excited to get uni finished, but also petrified I’ll leave with an average, pointless degree. So far I’ve had one deadline, but January is approaching with a few more, so who knows what that’ll result in.

I hope your 2016 was good. Even if the majority was pretty crappy, there’s always something positive in there somewhere.

Thank you SO much for reading, following, liking my blog this year too. Keeping up with posting every week (*nearly, like this week is a tad late sorry!) has been tricky, but I hope you’ve liked what I’ve done. I’ll be taking next week off blog writing (uni work will be happening, and, well, next Monday is technically a bank holiday) so I hope you all have a very lovely Christmas (and if you don’t celebrate it, a lovely week), and a very happy New Year.

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When I Grow Up

I feel like, most children have various jobs they want to do when they “grow up” and these can be the most random things, and sometimes not what you end up doing. So I thought it would be interesting to share what my job goals were for young me. Let me know yours as well!

  1. I used to want to be a vet. I loved animals, but growing up I hadn’t been told of the vast years of education and training that go into training to be a vet. I just imagined you’d walk into a vets, and ask to become one. How wrong I was. I also didn’t consider the mental strength a vet would need. So although my love for animals is still there, I’m too emotional/scared of needles to do anything for them.
  2. On a similar note, I was very much inspired by watching “Roar” on CBBC (who remembers that!?) and decided I needed to become a zoo keeper… that was until I realised it was pretty laborious and I was too weak for that.
  3. An author. I loved writing stories, I still do I just struggle to find the time these days. I never actually finished writing any of my “books” I always got distracted with new ideas and just basically spent my time writing blurbs. I’m also very doubtful of my writing ability and even as a child I was pretty confident I wasn’t the next Louise Rennison.
  4. An estate agent. Through watching Location, Location, Location in my teen years I loved being nosey and looking in peoples houses. I was dead set on this idea too. Until I told my mum and she informed me that “no one likes estate agents” so I would be hated by everyone. So I quickly removed that from my brain.
  5. TV Runner. This is the lowest job in the TV industry. The bottom of the ladder. But, aged 16, I thought it sounded like fun. Until I found out the work wasn’t regular or well paid and I fell into a pit of “help me I’ll never afford anything and I’ll be homeless what do I do.”

Then it got to the point of choosing degrees and with no inspiration for any career paths other than enjoying media things and liking my Communication and Culture A level I went for a Communication and Media degree and finally at the middle of second year a career brainwave hit me. I wanted to work in radio. Let’s see how this pans out.

 

 

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Top Five TV Shows

I’ve done a few posts like this in the past, but about music, so I thought I’d try branching out and doing a TV one. If you don’t live in the UK you might be limited in accessing these shows, but if you can access them I highly recommend you do.

The first one won’t really be that surprising, I’ve been going on about this TV show for the last few weeks. Crazyhead is on Channel 4 (for the next 2 weeks for people in the UK, then it will be on Netflix for non-UK people) and Channel 4 describe it as a “comedy horror series about love, friendship and facing your demons.” But you may be aware that I HATE scary things, to the point where the Thriller music video scares me. So you may be wondering why I’d watch something with the word horror in the description. Well, the show features “demons” and growing up I loved watching Charmed, where they too fought against demons. So I thought the show would be like that so I gave it a go. And I really loved it. It is full of jumpscares though which I hate, but they’re kind of predictable when you listen to the soundtrack and see the camera shots, so I can hide easily (yes I really am that pathetic.) The show is really funny and rude yet still grips you and makes you tense. The show is led by two strong female characters and the demons are pretty believable too. I very much think you should give it a go!

The next one won’t be that surprising either. Planet Earth II is on BBC1 at the moment, and as someone who loves a good nature documentary you can imagine my delight at this being on. Attenborough is a legend and the animal stories are all fascinating and gripping. It’s also incredibly filmic. Amongst all the misery in 2016, these animals and that wonderful man do make things seem okay again.

The next show is QI. The latest N series of QI has been out on BBC1 for a while now, but I’ve only recently caught up with it. Sandi Toksvig hosts it brilliantly, which I’m sure was unexpected amongst some fans who were furious at Stephen Fry leaving the show. The series has had some excellent guests which always helps too. And as usual it really has been quite interesting (do you see what I did there…)

My final show is the Channel 5 series NCIS: Los Angeles. As you know, I love a murder mystery/crime drama, so it’s been so nice to watch another series of it. I think the UK, or at least Channel 5, are behind in terms of series, I’m only on 3 and I imagine there are 12 or something. But I love the characters in the show. Hetty is the greatest woman ever and is tiny and sassy and basically my role model in life. And the rest of the cast are pretty great as well, (may or may not have a crush on Eric) if you want to start a new CSI type show, then I do think this one is a great choice!