Thursday, 15 December 2016

Update and 2016 Wrap Up.

A lot has happened in the past few months. I completed my Masters Degree, got a high distinction for my dissertation and a distinction average overall which has definitely been one of the proudest moments of my life thus far. I remember questioning whether or not I would even be accepted into a Masters so to find myself at the finish line having worked so hard and seeing it all pay off was extraordinary. It was definitely a lesson in not questioning myself too much and just going for the things I want. I've certainly found my passion and to see how far i've come from where I was two years ago where I felt incredibly lost post-Bachelors Degree leaves me with a sigh of relief and a sense of accomplishment I didn't think I would reach so quickly (albeit with high levels of stress, a lacking sleep schedule and a lot of nights in studying instead of seeing friends). Studying my Masters taught me so much about myself. I learnt how to do public speaking and loved it (I even considered continuing my studies to become a lecturer) but decided that working in new media and content creation was 100% what I wanted and it felt nice to have a sense of direction. Now that my Masters has finished I have been lucky enough to find myself assisting Marquee Studios with their new Influencer and Youtuber event Beautify (they also run the well known Youtuber event Amplify if you thought it sounded familar). In two days I will be running a workshop in front of 250 people which is the largest crowd i've ever spoken to and i'm both excited and a little nervous. 2016 has been a really big year and to be honest, i'm pretty happy to see it end in only a few weeks. 

In more basic news, the past couple of months have seen a lot of changes in my hair. I decided once and for all to strip my hair of its permanent black hair dye (which i've been doing for years and years) and lighten it a couple of shades to a deep chocolate brown. Little did I know this would take over two months and 12 hours in the hairdressers but thankfully it is all done. Not only that but I spontaneously gave my hair the chop one day, possibly from the relief of having completed such a monumental 18 month task or perhaps because I just needed to do something cathartic for myself. Whatever it was i'm really glad I did so. There's something very refreshing about changing up your hair, even if it is only a minor change.

I'm not one for New Years resolutions but if I were to have one it would be to continue creating, to read more and to stop putting off writing. Writing used to be an incredibly powerful tool for me in that it allowed me to make sense of my thoughts. I haven't done so for what feels like at least a year now so my goal for next year is to try and write a few times a week. I also want to pick up my camera again and start shooting. It feels weird to have lost such a big part of my identity that I held so close when I was younger. The bottom line is, I want and need to keep creating regularly. 2016 has been a massive year for me, but i'm so excited to see what 2017 has in store.

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