Two weeks ago, I received an email from Word Press saying its been a year since I started my blog. I didn’t realise an entire year had passed and it got me thinking about the last year, what I have achieved and why I started blogging in the first place. Since I started blogging I have been a recycling collector, store assistant at Lidl and was able to bring my unintentional career break to an end when I became a Fitness Instructor at the Link Centre in February.
I recently reviewed my recovery plan and since I started blogging I have visited four new places, meaning I have achieved my goal of visiting a new town/city/ village every three months. I have learned how to blog and how to perform both Olympic lifts correctly, meaning I have achieved my goal of learning at least one new skill a year. Since I started my blog I have also attended two Stag weekends and two weddings. I have one more wedding reception to attend. I have certainly had an interesting twelve months and am a completely different person to who I was in 2017. I have also reconnected with some friends I had not seen for a long time.
Why did I start my blog? Firstly, I wanted to find a way to stay involved in the fitness industry as I was working in retail at the time. I wanted to use it as a platform to help as many people as I could to lead happier, healthier lives. People have often asked what the meaning of life is. For me it is finding your passion and to then share it with the rest of the world. Some people use social media or YouTube to do this. I chose to write about mine. Secondly, I chose to start a blog as a form of therapy. Some people I know personally are aware of my battles with mental illness and how I can be a stubborn git. It takes a lot for me to remove my barriers, however by writing about mental illness and how different illness affect people I have been able to understand it a lot more. I have needed to research different illnesses and different therapies in order to understand how I can win my battle.