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The Grad Diaries: New Beginnings

So, as we enter  a new year and many of us have made resolutions, promises, plans, and general intentions to be better and do better, I find myself once again embarking on a new start to mark the new year.

Last year in January I moved from one borough in SE London to another, finished my temp retail job, ended a relationship, and vowed to grab opportunities with both hands and keep moving forward. This new year I have moved hundreds of miles across the country, left my job in the youth/charity sector, and begun another new chapter. Now as I’m getting settled in up North I’ve taken some time to reflect upon 2015. The short summary is that I wholeheartedly stuck to my resolution to take chances, create opportunities for myself and generally be awesome! I spoke at events, gained 4 jobs over the year, wrote some blog posts and articles, spoke live on the radio a few times, attended amazing residentials with Team V and Young Women’s Trust, and traveled around the country for work and love. Phew, just writing that all down makes me tired but proud!

Of course there were also not so great points, over the summer when J was away doing Camp America I got a bit low, missing him for 3 months was hard. I also became unhappy in my job during that time, and had to decide what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. But the point is, I got through. I know I say this a lot but I really feel like I grew so much last year. The way I see it you have a choice about how to live your life; you can amble through, letting it pass you by and just making do, or you can embrace experiences – good and bad, and keep learning and growing from them. In the past 3 years I have made a conscious decision to do the latter, and my life has been so much better for it. When a year is ending, a lot of people look back at what went badly, or what they want to improve upon. However I think it’s equally important, if not more so to acknowledge the good things, and continue to do them in the new year. Life is a constant process, it doesn’t just restart on January 1st each year. The ‘back story’ of the year just gone, and the one before that, and all of your past experiences go into making up the continuing book of your life.

Now that I’ve looked back, it’s time to look forward. The 2015 chapter is closed, and we’ve got a whole wedge of nice, shiny blank pages for 2016. I have that feeling again of standing on the edge of a very tall cliff, and working up my courage to jump. So here is my pledge, in public; I will do more, go further, and leap higher this year. I’m not going to make any ‘resolutions’ per se, but I am renewing my determination and passion to follow my dreams and reach my goals. I will be blogging every week offering my insights, advice, stories, and motivation for you to make 2016 great too, as well as starting some exciting new projects! (I’ll talk about these more soon)

As the great Audrey Hepburn once said – you have two hands; one to help yourself, and one to help others. So if you want to take my hand, we can jump into 2016 together. For now, I’ll leave you with a look at my pretty new planner which I’m using to plan and organise my life. I will be talking more about that this year too 🙂

Happy new year,

Keep smiling,


3 thoughts on “The Grad Diaries: New Beginnings”

  1. This is great Jenny! I’m so pleased you’re in such a good place. I feel genuinely privileged to know you and I just know you’re going to do even more amazing things this year and beyond!
    L x


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