I don't even know where to start with this post to be entirely honest with you. So much has happened this year it's actually unreal. There has been ups, downs, tears, laughter, plans that crumbled and others that worked. But as the new year quickly approaches, I'm proud of the risks that I've chosen to take. Like most people, I don't like change. The thought of it frightens the life out of me! The fear of failing, the fear of being vulnerable and the fear of being in an environment that I'm not used to just makes me feel uncomfortable. But 2016 was truly the year that I stepped out of my comfort zone and started to think about the following:
What do I actually want from life?
What did I want to achieve ?
How the hell was I going to get it?
After years of working in the media, I just felt like I wanted a complete career change and the only way that I could gain the right tools and knowledge to do so would be returning to education. So... long story short I sent in a last minute application and got accepted on a postgraduate course. I always knew it wouldn't be the easiest transition, especially when you've been out of the game for so long. But WOW! It's a lot haha! "You are going to have so much time on your hands, it's going to be great" they said. "You can live the student life all over again" they said. "Just imagine all those £1 shots" they said. Do not listen to THEY! THEY do not know anything! All this 'free time' that I supposedly have is sucked up by revision and essential reading. When you're cramming in so much information into such a short space of time, the pressure is well and truly on. There's no warm up, you are immediately thrown into the deep end and you either have to sink or swim. It's challenging but this is the path I chose and I honestly don't regret it.
To get to this point, a lot of sacrifices had to be made. I had to quit my job, sell my car and chill out on the whole jet setting lifestyle for the next few months to concentrate on getting this Masters. You can only imagine how much that is burning me. But the major thing getting me through all these manic deadlines is knowing I've got a supportive team behind me, who are always there to remind me of why I'm doing this and for that I'm ever so grateful.
On a closing note, don't be afraid of change and don't get comfortable. If there's something you want to achieve just do it, life is way too short to not be happy.