It’s the end of August which means it’s the end of our Hundred Acre year – Year 11 in our Hundred Acre world. The last working day of the month and as we have done every year of our blog, it’s time to reflect on all that has happened.
This year has had so many amazing moments to cherish but is also a year that has taught me the most. There is very little in my world that was here as I entered year eleven, and the reality is, that’s why it is so good now.
September started as it does every year, with conference time. I presented at the CSSE PDC in Niagara Falls. Last year more than ever, being at CSSE really did feel like I was at home. It’s almost time to go “home” for a visit again and I can’t wait to be at the next PDC in Winnipeg.
Through the Autumn, client work continued to fill my days and around it I started to really invest in me. This last year I’ve invested more in my own self-development than ever before. That’s possibly what has got me through so much of what has happened in 2019. It had been quite a while since I’d had any coaching. Two retreats last winter in very different places were a great way to reflect on where both Hundred Acre and I were and where we were going. They showed me just how much I had missed working with a coach and working on my world.
2019 started strong and then things took a turn. Bullying has been part of my world for a very long time, sadly early this year it came back to bite; and bite hard. This time in a far bigger way than ever before. Something happened, I spoke out and told the whole story and the whole truth. It took months to be investigated and took its toll on both me and my world. While I’m not in a place to share every detail and believe me I don’t want to, I am happy to share that it has definitely passed. It was a seven year journey and sat writing this I am thankful that it is now history. I’m also thankful for all it has taught me. All of the events have shaped me and where I am now. Looking back – I wouldn’t be where I am without it in my history.
All the work I’ve done on me and my world took me on two more retreats. The greatest adventure was to the other side of the world to Bali. A week working on me surrounded by the most beautiful goddesses was incredible. I’m beyond thankful that I went as all the work I put in got me through the long months when I returned.
The last retreat took me to France, again surrounded my some amazing, smart women. What better way to spend time and my birthday than working on me and my world.
The work side of 2019 has recently been a little quiet. Walking away from some and needing to fill the pipeline again has been a challenge. Not least as one big piece of work has never been paid for. I don’t know how some people sleep at night with the way they operate but that challenge is now in the hands of the courts. Something I have never had to do before and I will work on never having to do again either.
As I reflect; all of these things have made me realise and acknowledge the support I have around me. In whatever way; hugs, coaching calls, meals out, buying my tropic products and helping me hit target and keep afloat while not working. Whatever it has been, those who have been my support need no mention. They are all in no doubt who they are and how much they mean to me.
Which brings me to today.
I am finally working again, a new client, a new contract and opportunity, bringing a new challenge that will push my comfort zone for a while. Dreams can come true, but that’s a story for another time.
This story is one about adversity, resilience, belief, taking action and never giving up hope. As a Wolverhampton girl born and bred, the town motto seemed the most fitting title.
“Out of Darkness Cometh Light”.
It really, really does, and for that I am truly thankful xx
– Hundred Acre – everyone’s safe place –