Happy weekend! I’ve had a busy week this week at work and doing things in the evenings so I am enjoying my ‘no-plans-weekend’ this weekend (that’s probably the most times the word ‘weekend’ has been used in sentence). Annoyingly though I think I’ve come down with tonsillitis (I’ve had it before so I know the signs but we’ll see what the doctor says next week) so apologies if my instagram is very boring at the moment full of honey and lemon hot water and reading the newspaper.
Anyway, this week I was thinking about how far we all come in our lives, whether it be our job or something in our personal life. Sometimes I approach a new stage in my life and think wow that mountain is high (just throwing in a classic metaphor there). How am I ever going to reach the top? But before you know it your half way up or at the peak and thinking about your next mountain (really milking this metaphor now).
Whatever your next mountain is, it’s important to take a break and look back, reminding yourself of how far you’ve come.
I was thinking about exactly this with my relationship with exercising. I have never been a sporty girl (honestly, I am completely useless) and never enjoyed it. For years my friends would go on about how they feel so fantastic when they exercise and how they genuinely really enjoy it, but for me it fills me with pure dread. Then a couple of years ago I made the decision to join a gym and get fitter. It was a really slow start, I didn’t know what I was doing and was forcing myself to go each time (like forcing yourself to eat a Brussel sprout). I thought about quitting, thought what’s the point this isn’t going to work and I am useless at it. But I kept going with the idea of getting fitter, losing a bit of weight and feeling happy in myself. Now looking back I’ve got a much better relationship with exercising. I do enjoy going but also don’t force myself if I’m really not feeling it and I have learnt a lot; at the beginning I had to do a squat in front of this PT and he burst out laughing it was so bad, whoops!
I look back on the same note with relationships. 4 or 5 years ago I was single and had been living in London for 3 years, feeling frustrated that I’d been on dates but they never went anywhere. I remember saying to my mum; it’s just so boring in London at the weekends without a boyfriend and I’m worried that I’ll never find someone. However suddenly out of the blue you do meet that person and you forget all those previous failed dates, all those weekends on your own. I’ve been with my boyfriend now for 3 years, we live together and are always up to something at the weekend, even if it’s just going for a walk or going for a coffee in our local cafe.
I look back at my career and think how far I’ve come also. I remember moving to London September 2012, nervous about being in a new city that I hardly knew, starting college, navigating the tube, the excitement of meeting new friends and making a new life for myself in this big scary city that never stops. I graduated college after a year with lots of lovely friends by my side and starting the exhausting task of interview, after interview, after interview. I had so many interviews I was beginning to think no one wanted to hire me! I could have given up but I didn’t. I got that job and stuck with it. Now I look back over the last few years and think how much I’ve learnt, how much experience I’ve had, how many fun times I’ve had in this city and how much I’ve made this city my home. I know the tube like the back of my hand and feel so blessed and grateful for all the lovely friends I have and all the people I have had the pleasure of meeting over the years.
So if you’re starting a new stage in your life that may seem a bit daunting, you’re not sure if you can do it, well let me tell you that you’ve truly got this girl! Whether it be a big meeting coming up at work, or finding a new job, moving to a new city, getting fitter at the gym, whatever it is you can do it, I promise. Remind yourself how much you have already achieved and what you are clearly capable of. Set yourself clear goals and remember your dreams that will motivate you to keep going. Then before you know it, you’ll have completed what you set out to do or have reached the 1st peak and you can start thinking about your next mountain (all this talk about mountains makes me want to go skiing!).
WE GOT THIS SISTERS! Lots of love xxx