So 2014 is about to come to a close. Well, there are actually a few days left, but I'm about to go on holidays, so for all intents and purposes, it's done with.
In close to chronological order, I have...
-Spent New Years Day in Grenoble with my girlfriend, colleagues and Michael Schumacher
-Had beers with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Switzerland
-Learnt how to ski in Austria (poorly)
-Chatted with Dame Edna at Australia House
-Hung out at the BAFTAs
-Heard the whaling decision at the International Court of Justice at The Hague
-Driven at crazy speeds through London with local ambos
-Spent 36 hours straight covering the ANZAC Cove dawn service
-Been waved at by the Pope during a canonization at the Vatican
-Spent countless hours at the Rolf Harris trial
-Spent countless hours at the Phone Hacking trial
-Been told Ten's Europe Bureau was closing
-Resigned from my workplace of 8 or so years
-Flown to Australia to see family and friends
-Flown back to London to start my new freelance life
-Travelled to Ukraine and the Netherlands to sub-host SBS' coverage of the MH17 tragedy, working with the great World News Australia team in Sydney
-Worked for the wonderful Seven News team (hell, they even sent me to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show)
-Performed countless crosses with Kochie and Sam on Sunrise (plus, they put me up in a Red Bull air race plane)
-Filed freelance stories for my old friends at Network Ten (and got to hang with Freddie Flintoff)
-Started reporting at ITV London (and received no viewer complaints about my accent!)
-Oh, and best of all, got engaged to my better half. She's ace.
If someone had told me on January 1st, 2014 that the year would turn out like this, I wouldn't have believed them. But I'm glad it has.
I read somewhere that it's good to write a list of the things you've done in a year, as you forget. I heartily recommend this exercise. Shows you that the glass is not just half full, chances are it's overflowing. Merry Christmas all, see you in 2015.