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The Beauty of A Fresh Start (and an update)

This is my first post of 2015 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

First off let me apologise for the long absence of posting, I’ve had a lot going on in my world, I guess you could call it a period of transitions. However I’m feeling a lot more settled now, as cliched as it is this new year has come with a complete fresh start for me in a number of ways, and that’s what I want to talk about today.

Let me recap where I was when we last spoke. It all started in September. I was slogging 45 hours a week at a social media internship which paid nothing, and made me miserable. The JobCentre turned round and told me that I couldn’t keep doing it, as I wasn’t available for work, which in turn gave me the distance to realise that I really don’t want to work in marketing. Then came the existential crisis of wondering what I’m doing with my life, especially as graduation was looming and I was jobless, broke, and seemingly in a worse position than before. However around that time I also rekindled my passion for the youth sector, reaching out to different organisations to see what I could get involved with, and giving myself a kick up the butt to keep pressing onwards.

Since that point, I have graduated with my 2:1 Honours, gained a temp Christmas retail job, given two major speeches in front of large audiences, been to parliament twice, written a blog for a national website, ended a relationship, and moved to a different part of London. To say I’ve had a lot going on the last few months is an understatement, but I don’t think I gave myself enough credit when I was going through it all. When the new year hit at the beginning of the month, I vowed to make 2015 my best year yet, and wrote a list of rules to live by, rather than resolutions, as well as gaining a new burst of energy and motivation.

I’ve always been a sucker for the magic of New Year’s; writing my resolutions in the front of my brand new page-a-day diary as a kid, graduating to planners, and now using a mixture of notebooks and online to hold myself accountable to the promises I make to become a better me. There’s just something about giving yourself a completely clean slate that makes me feel like anything is possible. This year it was taken to an extreme, as my temp job finished at the end of December, I ended my relationship on new year’s day, and moved within the first couple of weeks of the year to my lovely new room. So far this year I have:

  • Been to The Houses of Parliament twice for meetings with organisations I’m part of (YEUK and YWT)
  • Made a great contact in the youth/careers sector who is in my corner determined to help me find a job
  • Spoken in front of over 100 people about my personal experiences as a young carer, and my life since
  • Become a young leader with Team V (part way through the programme, which has never happened before!)
  • Applied to a grad scheme which I found out about last year after applications had closed, which is in my dream sector
  • Organised my new room (mostly!) and made it feel like home

All in the first month! There are a whole 11 more months in this year, and if I get as much done in each of them, I will have achieved loads by the end of the year. The reason I’m sharing all this is that I think it’s so important to celebrate our successes. Too often we look at our day, week, or month, and feel like we weren’t enough. We didn’t eat healthily enough, we didn’t save enough, we didn’t exercise enough. Of course it’s important to look at what we can do better moving forward, but I think it’s just as important, and not nearly as common to celebrate the things we have achieved. As we start this new year (yes I count the beginning of February as the start of the year still) take some time to reflect on what you’ve done well, as well as what you want to do better.

Do you have any successes you want to share? Leave a comment below and shout about your achievements!

Have a great day, and keep smiling

Jenny

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