I’ve been thinking a lot recently about achievement. There’s been a lot going on in my circle of friends with people settling down in relationships and buying houses. It’s really made me think about how much we all achieve after leaving school. I’m 26 (almost 27) and left school over 10 years ago which is crazy! When I was at school I remember thinking that my GCSE’s were the most important thing ever (which they were at the time) and I couldn’t even imagine what my life would be like once I left school. When I look back and reflect on the past 10 years I’ve actually achieved so much and I’m proud of myself.
These are the 10 achievements that stand out to me the most from the past 10 years.
1- I went to college and got 3 A-levels and then went on to do a third year at college where I studied an Art Foundation in Graphic Design.
2- I passed my driving test … and for someone who was terrified of learning to drive this was a big thing for me. I still don’t enjoy driving but I do it to get me from A to B.
3- I moved away from my home town for 3 years and attended University where I achieved a 2nd Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design. I never really studied Graphic Design with the intention of getting a job in it, it’s just something that I’ve always been passionate about and I love being creative in my spare time.
4- I travelled to Disney World with my best friend and we managed to navigate our way around for 2 weeks without getting lost!
5- I got my first ‘proper’ job after finishing university. I was working in a call centre and it was absolutely awful. I went through 3 years of feeling anxious and miserable and I finally plucked up the courage to admit that I was struggling. I moved to a different department (where I now work) and I’ve never been happier.
6- I met Shaun, we’ve almost been together for 4 years now which is scary. We’ve bought our first home together and completely renovated the house. Our little house is so perfect and we love it a lot.
7- I re-discovered my love of card making and doing crafty things. I used to make cards when I was about 12 years old and sell them to my mum and dad. I’m now taking my card making a lot more seriously and would love to open my own business one day.
8- I’ve travelled to Paris, Majorca, Abu Dhabi and Florida with Shaun.
9- This one is still a massive work in progress but I’m teaching myself how to sew. My parents bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I’m slowly getting the hang of the basics. I’d love to one day be able to make my own clothes.
10- I adopted a furry friend. We gave Pudsey his forever home at the end of last year and he’s settled in a treat. He loves belly rubs, head massages and likes to have the whole sofa to himself!
Writing this post has actually made me feel really proud of myself. It’s easy to forget what we’ve achieved but when you look back and reflect the list can be pretty long!
What have you achieved in the past 10 years?