2018 was hands down the year of life changing decisions for me. In 2018 I ran a marathon, I raised £2,500 for a charity I deeply care about, I started a ‘dream job’, I fell in love, I formed new close friendships, I travelled to Canada to meet up with a bunch of randomers before going on a 2 week camping road trip, I got a place at university to study my dream career, I turned 25. And to fill that cliche, I had the biggest quarter life crisis stereotype ever. I sacked in a good job, I risked everything, I got a place at a university to embark on a career change that nothing could have ever really prepared me for.
Turning 25 was a sort of big deal for me. And I think it is for a lot of people. It’s that sort of awkward in betweeny age. That sort of awkward inbetweeny stage of life. Friends around me were going through new romances, divorces, marriages, babies, mortgages, important job and life decisions, and I was just bobbing by. It’s slightly unnerving when everyone else around you appears to have their life together. But this year I truly learnt that life is not always what it seems and nobody has their life together. Yours will come together. And slowly but surely towards the end of 2018 my life came together.
Running and Raising Money
If 365 days ago you would have told me “Sophie, in 2018 you will run 1 full marathon, you will run 3 half marathons, join a running club and continue to box 1-3 times a week” I would have had a massive lol. But that’s my life now. I’m not fast, I’m not professional. But I love to run. And I love the people I’ve met through running and the confidence it’s brought me. I’ve also really enjoyed sharing my running journey on social media and Instagram, showing that literally anyone can go from no running to managing just 1 mile to 26.2 and more!
In 2018 I managed to travel to Galway for a long weekend with my fave uni gal pals to see Ed Sheeran. It was amazing and it made me realise I definitely need to try and visit more European citys for lovely little weekend breaks. I also ventured over to Canada in June/July to go on my second adventure with Trek America. I went on the Mountie tour which consisted of 2 weeks camping around, travelling from Vancouver to Calgary – for the famous Calgary Stampede. It was THE trip of a lifetime and I still can’t get over the incredible beauty of Canada, the incredible lakes, food, THE BEARS, and obviously the amazing people I spent 2 weeks with. You learn a lot about yourself when you travel solo and have to throw yourself into a group tour life, but it’s always a positive experience.
A career change
In 2018 I left my pretty cushty role as a receptionist/facilities administrator and threw myself into what I thought was my dream role in digital marketing as an SEO Outreach Executive. I didn’t hate the job, but I slowly came to realise that working in an office was never going to fulfil me. So I started looking into other roles and thinking about what I’m good at and it hit me. I should be a paramedic. So I went with it. And by an insane miracle I landed myself a place on a Paramedic Science degree. It was the best possible way to round up my 2018 I tell you.
Amongst other things my 2 year single period came to an end (hurrah) and I met an absolute gem at the most unexpected time. I can’t wait to see what 2019 throws at me. It’s certainly going to be a challenge but I can’t wait for it.
How was your 2018 and what are you looking forward to this year?