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Posted by jamie on the 05 January 2014

2014 is here. 

Favourite song of 2013..... 

But first let me ponder over 2013. Last year was the first year I have not been in education since the very beginning of my academic career in Mrs Campbell's Primary 1 class at Alexandra Parade Primary School. 2013 was the first time in 22 years (Jeez oh... thatís a heck of a long time) I didnít have an essay or research to do. What a strange feeling, prompting the question what does one do with an evening and the sheer delight at prospect of no more all nighters finishing that essay.

The year started by travelling around Poland with my good friend Miss Gina Wagner. Warsaw, Krakov and Wrocław truly zdumiewający (amazing)! Trying the many beers of the Czech Republic in Prague with Stuart, Alan and Stuart was a highlight of the year, I saw Prague like never before and ate the most amazing dinner ever! 

Started a new Youth Worker position with the Inverclyde Community Development Trust, developed youth volunteering and the recognition of young people across Inverclyde. As well as meeting amazing committed colleagues who are now very close friends.

Trips to Belfast to visit the latest attraction; Titanic Belfast and the Christmas Markets with Helen. Random drives and laughter with my old chum Shona.

With the free time from not studying, 2013 became the year I focused on friends, family and myself. It has been a journey of visits, trips, dinners, drinks (perhaps too many) and rekindling the joy of life. Revaluating what is important in life and the journey I want my life to be has been the focus of 2013. My parents Josephine and John have been a huge support especially with the many decisions my life always seem to involve! 

2014 is going to be the year of optimism, new challenges and amazing opportunities. It has started by beginning a new job and new flat.  I start 2014 with managing a new community project and to say 'excited' would be an understatement! 

I hope 2014 will bring me closer to my friends and family, try new experiences, travel, coffee and most importantly enjoying life!  

"Should old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind?...." Auld Lang Syne, Robert Burns, 1788

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