LIFE - 2017 Review

27 Feb 2018

I don’t know at what point it’s too late in the new year to be reviewing the previous year, but here’s to breaking the norm and throwing the rule book out the window!

2017 was a big year for me, probably one of the most life changing for me.

I left the British Army after serving nearly 11 years, I always said I would stay until I stopped enjoying it and that probably happened about 3 years before I actually left, so it was the right time and a decision I do not regret.

Saying that, I did join the Army Reserves, a completely new corps, The Royal Armoured Corps to be exact and I’ve loved it all so far, new challenges and meeting new people from all walks of life!

I raised £3600 for The Stars Appeal (read HERE why) which went to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Salisbury District Hospital and was apart of a 36 strong team that trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, where as a team we raised over £100,000 for the charity!

I had the balls to quit two jobs that no longer worked for me, cut friends out of my life that were no longer good for me, but in the process made amazing new friends that I feel have been in my life forever.

I qualified as an exercise referral instructor after pulling an all nighter the night I returned from holiday to get my coursework finished in time for my assessment the next morning!

I also qualified as a Level 1 powerlifting coach and a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, two qualifications I’m pretty proud of.

I represented the Army, Wales and Great Britain in Powerlifting, competing in Ireland for the 4 Nations competition and Boston for the World Championships, where I finished an unexpected amazing 2nd place!!

I dealt with my husband being away the majority of the year, this was hard, real hard and at times I thought it would have just been easier to give up on our marriage than fight through it.

On the flip side of that, the rare time we did get together we tried to make the most of it, and we did have some good quality family time.

I became a retained firefighter for Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and overall became physically and mentally stronger as a result of a very demanding year!

Who cares that it’s 27th Feb 2018, thank you to those that made my life fuller and richer in 2017, you rock!