Educational sums up 2017 for me.
I can very safely say that I am not the person I was on the first of January 2017.
From sleeping on my friends’ sofa beds to living back at my mum’s to finding a house in London. From no direction to take job-wise, to offers spilling in. From hopeless singleton to comfortable in myself.
Educational is the only way I can describe this year. I have learned so much about what I am capable of and what I can achieve when put to the test. Built on my skills and created even more experiences than I could have dreamed of at this point in my life.
I learned from my mistakes, from feedback, from throwing my nose in a book every spare second I could grasp. I completed a seven month leadership course and took on every exercise, to learn just how much I really can do in 24 hours, seven days a week. I went to panels, I networked, I connected.
And that is one of the biggest things I have taken from 2017. That as soon as my life feels too comfortable and safe, to take a sledgehammer to it and take on learning something new. A new experience. A new adventure.
I have lived by: “without challenge, there is no adventure” since I was fourteen and this will continue to be how I live in 2018.
The one word I will be taking into 2018 with me will be: belief. Belief that anything I want to do, I can. There is no right answer, there is only what I believe to be the best adventure for me at the time.
Which word sums up 2017 for you?