Unlike my typical yearly reviews, this one is going to be a two parter. Firstly, I will be looking at this year, and putting it into review. The next post, which will be posted after Christmas, will be my decade review, a first for this blog.
2019 has been a very good year to me, on a professional and personal level, similar to 2012. I will go into that more for my next post, but 2019 shares a lot of similarities with my 2012. My year actually started in September of 2018, when I started my PGCE FET course. This was a huge challenge for me, and is certainly one of the hardest courses I’ve ever done. But 2019 saw me get through it all.
What I did in 2019
From January, I was doing my teacher training in St. Helens College, and worked with a great team of people, including my mentor. While there were tears along the way, I never lost sight of my goal, which was to get a distinction. In January, I also began properly working on my second book, ‘A Remarkable Journey’. Though some poems I started to work on in December of 2018, and even before then, a bulk of the book’s first chapter was written then.
February saw me teach my first solo class. My 3 hour a week teaching schedule went up for 7 hours. This increased to 11 Hours in the next month, when I began teaching Social policy.
March saw my last Students’ Union election, and I went out with a bang. I formed a campaign team with my friends, and my first proper slate, Rock the Vote. Though none of us won any roles, I loved running in that election with those people. People like Tom, Amy (congrats on your first daughter), Chris, Jack, Nathaniel, and Ellen. It was lovely to work with you all in one of the best teams I’ve been in.
In April, I turned 22, and started talking to Katie Perry via Tinder. Something tells me that I am going to see her soon, and I do! I saw Midge Ure, of Ultravox fame, perform in The Atkinson to cap off the month. On the 31st of May, I had my first kiss with that girl, Katie, and 9 days later, we became a couple, and she became my girlfriend.
From June through to September, I took a break from a lot of things, including this blog. I focused on my relationship with Katie, reconnecting with things I didn’t have time for, and going out a lot more. This meant that the blog was on the back-burner for much of the year. Frankly, from all the writing I had to do, and working on other projects, I just lost the passion for writing on this blog as regularly as I used to. I was a bit burnt out. But I did graduate with a distinction!
From September, onward, I worked on… getting work. I signed up with agencies, and the tail end of the year saw the fruits of my labour, with myself now looking into getting work, and doing supply jobs for schools. Oh, and this December, I began applying for a provisional license to learn to drive.
2019, in a word, has been about ‘maturation’. I feel like this year has seen me mature and develop, more so than I have in previous years. For some, this is hard to believe, but I feel like I have definitely changed in a positive sense. My teaching career has given me responsibility that I feel I have lacked in previous years. I feel like I am becoming a man now, and not being a boy.
My relationship with Katie has challenged me. It has challenged my set ways and brought me out of my comfort zone to a certain extent. And looking at pictures, I think that there has been a change inside my head. I look more put together and older in my more recent picture. I still feel like a late teen when I look at myself on the left. On the right, I am dressed better, my hair is neater, I now have facial hair, and I look slightly slimmer. Overall, I think 2019 has been a good one. As has the 2010’s…