This year has been insane but in such a good way. Last year, I thought I had found my happy by becoming a regular climber. The sport brings me so much and I have written about this numerous times this year. I never realised I would find my calling by sharing my journey the way I have this year.
Knowing I am having an impact and being able to help others makes my heart sing. Don’t get me wrong, this year has been hard. Health issues plagued most of the last 6 months and they impacted my ability to climb competitively to the point that I had to pull out of half the season injured. While learning how to juggle sharing my journey and the recognition that came with that, I also had to watch my ultimate climbing goal of 2017 shatter and pick all those pieces up while still juggling all the other parts of my life seamlessly.
Needless to say, it wasn’t seamless. But what journey in life ever is?
Here are some stats for this year, I climbed about 1.5x the Height of Everest during training, used an incredible amount of tape, lost 4 dress sizes and navigated a vast number of hospital appointments.
This year wasn’t insane, it was frantic but I haven’t been happier in my life than now.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will have seen that I’ve been setting out what this year has meant to me in more detail and what my intentions are for next year. To say the least, I will carry on sharing my journey, working with awesome organisations, helping people face their own self-limiting beliefs, creating a safe space for all to start talking about issues that we as a society do not talk about enough and training to be the best paraclimber I can be.