2018 in review: From critical thinking and mentorship to running a marathon

Looking back on 2018 — through my writing in the last 12 months. 

2018 has been another great year. I learnt a lot. I reflected upon burnout, critical thinking, and over-sharing on social media. I’m more grateful than ever for my family, friends, and mentors for always being there for me. Through new networks and, I met inspiring people this year. In 2018, I also set myself some new challenges. I got more involved with the group of tech journalists and PRs TechJPR. I also ran more than ever since high school and started training for the London Marathon in 2019. 

MK highlights from 2018

Some of my posts that I thought were notable and reflected my year

✨ I spoke about personal branding at the Women in PR event. 

🖋 I interviewed Maja Pawinska Sims of Holmes Report on power of blogging.

❓ I stressed the importance of asking the right questions.

👥 I tackled mentorship through reading, listening, and getting inspired by others. 

📰 I asked some journalists about follow-up pitches.

⌚ I revisited the topic of time management in public relations — and beyond.   

👨‍💻 I’ve been working in PR for twelve months and shared lessons I’ve learnt so far.

🏛 I joined the running club and interviewed its founder. 

🇵🇱 Rafał Sałak of Prowly PR Software wrote about public relations in Poland

🤝 I gave some tips on making the most of meetings as a junior PR pro. 

🌟 Olivia Shalofsky guest posted on making the most of an internship.

💬 Ella Minty gave me an opportunity to host #PowerandInfluence chat

🤖 I considered benefits of working in tech PR.

📊 I interviewed Metia’s VP of demand Pete Morgan about integrated comms

💻 I celebrated tenth anniversary of TechJPR

📱 I shared my thoughts on my generation’s pursuit of likes and doing it for the gram.

💳 Katya Hamilton-Smith wrote about her internship at Visa

💫 I wrote about novelty of working in public relations wearing off

✍️ I caught up with Richard Bailey of PR Place on blogging and #bestPRblogs

⌛ I went for the running trip to Portugal and wrote about setting priorities in life.

🏃 I set myself two, big challenges: to run a marathon and fundraise for the charity Sense

💸 I shared my personal finance tips

🗣 I spoke at the CIPR student event on PR blogging.

👌 I loved RESET from David Sawyer and thought juniors would benefit from it, too

Thank you to everyone who got involved, helped, inspired, or wrote a post for my blog this year. Here’s to 2019!

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