WHEN you've spent way too much cash on bonbons and your trifle-making skills aren't on point, life can seem like it's spiralling out of control.
Welcome to the silly season.
It's the period many would rather avoid.
Up until this year I would vilify the Grinches who put a dampener on my festive joy.
But this year it's different.
In the past month I've been accepted into university to study my Masters, accepted a new job in Brisbane and also found a new rental.
This is all happening in the first week of the new year.
In the past week I've had to pay a bond, purchase textbooks on top of all the Christmas gifts which were topping my shopping list.
And this is while I've been strapped for cash during that awkward in-between-jobs period.
It's been fun, stressful but fun.
There have been tears and a lot of consultation with my nearest and dearest about how I can afford to feed myself after not being paid for a month.
It's a challenging time and I take my hat off to others with families going through a similar thing.
But despite the stress that has come along with the past month's series of events, above all I'm feeling pretty grateful.
Right now, it's a bit of a surreal moment writing my last column for the Daily.
A place where I've made some of my best friends, been mentored by some of the best in the business and became a better writer each and every day.
I've cherished and will continue to cherish every story I've had the pleasure of writing and every person I've met out on the road.
Our community is second to none - passionate and hard-working are words that come to mind.
I've been changed as a person by some of the stories I've had the pleasure of covering.
And it's been everything from those beautiful people stories to hard-hitting news.
I'll always class myself as one of the lucky ones for scoring their first gig here.