Usually at this time on a Monday morning I’m sat with tired eyes, with a cup of coffee in one hand and my phone in the other, wondering where the weekend went!

This morning I’m doing something a little different – I’m reflecting on everything that has happened so far this year and wondering what’s next for me. 

As with everything in life, with highs come the lows and It has very much been a rollercoaster. 

You can either jump on board and enjoy the ride or scream and hate every second of it.

So what have I got up to in 2019 up to now?

1. I GRADUATED!

Six years ago, if you had told me that I would have a degree I wouldn’t for a second have believed you.

I was told at one point that I “wasn’t capable” of doing something like that. 

But a little belief, determination and hard work goes a long way. 

This degree to me, meant everything because it was for the girl who was once shy, who once has no confidence or belief in herself and that never once for a second believed she was capable of achieving her dreams. 

I proved to myself that I was worth so much and capable of a whole lot more and I will be forever proud of this huge achievement. 

In July, I graduated with a 2:1 in Journalism from the University of Sunderland and what an incredible journey it has been! 

I created a magazine for my dissertation and it is something that I am so proud of. 

I spent hours researching, planning, interviewing, writing and designing it and every second of it paid off. I got a FIRST! If I said I didn’t cry when I got my mark I would be lying.

The graduation itself was nothing like I had imagined, it was 100 times better. I was absolutely terrified of my family being in the same room together if I am completely honest. But seeing everyone together and happy made my heart so full. 

To this day, it has been the best experience of my life so far!

2. I’M DOING A MASTERS IN PR

Clearly I wasn’t finished there, so I enrolled onto the PR Masters degree at the University of Sunderland. 

I wanted to take my career to a different level and try my hand at something a little different and with having a Journalism undergraduate degree it has laid a foundation for me to work from. 

I am incredibly excited to see what the next 12 months has to offer, to see what skills I can unlock and to push myself to the next level. 

Keep an eye on my blog, because I will be talking all things PR very soon!

3. Half Marathon Training In Memory Of My Nan

Early this year we lost my nan Carol, it was all very sudden and a huge shock. 

We lost her to Sepsis and I will hold my hands up to you all and say, I didn’t know what that was let alone what the symptoms of it were.

It shocked me to find out that five people die of Sepsis every hour in the UK, and people are not aware of it and don’t know what the symptoms look like.

And if like me, you don’t know what it is, here’s a little insight into what it is and how to spot the symptoms. 

Photo Credit: The UK Sepsis Trust.

Sepsis is the immune systems overreaction to an infection or injury. Where normally our immune system would fight this, it doesn’t, it actually attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. Sadly if it isn’t treated straight away, it can cause organ failure and death. 

I was in a loss of what to do really. I wanted to do something in her memory and to raise money to help raise awareness of Sepsis. 

So I decided that I would run The Great Birmingham Half Marathon on September 13, 2019 and very soon I will be writing about my first half marathon experience and the struggles I have faced during preparing myself. 

4. A Bittersweet Goodbye

This month I waved off a very good friend, as she set off in a new chapter of her life.

I won’t lie to you, it was possibly the most heartbreaking thing I have ever done – but I know she is going on to bigger and better things. 

Mariam is more like a sister to me, we’ve laughed, cried and ate so much cheesecake over the past few months and I can’t wait to go and visit her soon.

5. I Lost A Stone?!

Weight can sometimes be a sensitive topic, but in January I was completely fed up with how I looked to the point where I couldn’t face looking at myself in the mirror. So I picked myself up, dusted myself off and got to it.

By the time I graduated I had lost a stone and I have (touch wood) managed to keep it off. 

It’s not easy losing weight. I have battled with myself, had bad weeks and had amazing weeks – but it’s all part of the journey. 

So, what’s next? I want to get my head down with my Masters and get as much experience and insight into the PR industry as I can to be able to kick start my career!

That’s enough from me on this Monday morning, but one thing I will say is – no matter how many times you get told you can’t do something, if you want to do it that badly, you will find a way to make your dreams come true. Just never give up!

Thanks for reading and keep an eye on my blog for more post coming your way soon!

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