The year began with me fresh into my role as a digital and content coordinator. After a rejuvenating trip to Delhi, it was a smooth transition back to work. The first part of the year was spent in implementing marketing strategies our team worked on mapping out in late-2018 followed by breaking the year in half with my trip to San Francisco after exactly 20 years (no big deal).
The trip was better than I had imagined – spending time with Dad, my sister and cousin. Our first official attempt at a girl’s trip and we made it in one piece to gorgeous locations in San Francisco and a couple places not so far away. We borrowed dad’s Lexus and drove to Napa (of course our love for wine knows no bound), spent a day with distant cousins in the heart of San Francisco, went out clubbing in downtown Oakland, spent a couple days in Monterey Bay and Big Surr (Big-Little-Lies-style). Out of all the times we ended up spending some time in front of the TV, one thing always irked me – ads about medicine. Just because pharmaceutical companies read out what the drug is meant to do/be used for doesn’t really give people the right knowledge or expertise to basically subscribe themselves to self-medicate (this topic needs its own post).
Soon after, my favourite professor invited me as a guest speaker at the University of Melbourne’s Master of Marketing Communications networking event. It was an incredible experience talking to current students about life after university. It wasn’t long before another similar opportunity presented itself at unimelb and this time I was a part of a panel discussing ‘ethics in marketing’ with future marketing students as our audience.
Highlights from this year include working on Choice Hotels International’s website rollover to Australia. It was a huge learning experience working with the US in creating our website. I also completed a year at Choice Hotels Asia-Pac.
This article would not be complete without mentioning watching U2 and RHCP LIVE! Two things crossed off my bucket list.
I GOT ENGAGED! On the 7th of December, my partner and I went to Halls Gap where he proposed in the Grampians. It has to be my favourite moment from 2019. Now, as December begins, I’m keen to fly back to Delhi and make some more memories with close family and friends.