Looking Back on 2018 – Key MomentsPublished: 2018-11-22 10:12
Hello again, the motivation for this post comes directly from reading Gareth’s post a couple weeks ago. And if you haven’t read his blog yet, I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s definitely motivated a bit of self-reflection on my part, I’ve also had some pretty big milestones this year and I only properly realised this when I started writing. I have tried to compete with Gareth’s year but I think it’s going to be tough to top his hit list, I’ll do my best!
I also became a dad!…kind of.
I have been pretty broody for a while and have been looking for something to fill a hole. Earlier this year I decided to do something about that and get a dog. I have raised dogs before but they have always been family dogs, however this little fluffy cherub was going to be raised by myself and my partner (I’ll get more onto that bit later). I took the decision fairly early on to adopt a dog. As I said I have done the puppy thing and I thought now I was prepared for a rescue dog, I’ll be the first to say it here. I was wrong.
Through a few stops and starts we ended up with a rescue from Romania. I went mad with preparation buying so many treats and toys waiting for her to arrive. I was told by my partner strictly and “under no circumstances” to not buy anymore, as people were starting to think I had an odd kleptomaniac fantasy with fishy treats and chew toys, and it’s hard to tell people it’s for a dog when they know you don’t have one. I got used to the odd looks. I went through the adoption process and low and behold on a still and chilly February morning at 4am, the bus that had driven over from Romania with some very tired but happy drivers and rescuers in tow brought my fur-baby to me. There have been some amazing, nervous and sometimes hilarious learnings with the new member of the family. She’s called River if you are curious, a fitting name in the end as the carnage that’s left behind after a river floods was not that much unlike my house for about 4 weeks after arrival. That being said – I couldn’t be happier with her.
Ok so this technically isn’t MY milestone, but I am proud and I want to share it. My partner (or if you are Swedish my “Sambo”) achieved her dream recently and got into vet school. This was a hugely emotional thing for us, as both of us are huge animal lovers and I was very keen to experience this vicariously through her.
I mentioned earlier that we are training and raising River together. This is true strictly speaking, although I do most of the actual training. My Sambo however has decided that its quite handy having a living test subject at home to practice on. Thankfully she is still in her first year of Vet school and not yet operating on anything alive yet, but River and I have made sure we have a safe word just in case these “live examinations” take a turn for the Frankensteins.
Life is Live
Professionally this year has been a huge one for me. I have definitely entered a new level on confidence and knowledge about both my role and the industry. One of the key things contributing to this has been pressure from doing live events. I mentioned in my previous blog that I have been putting on some webinars with some amazing influencers from the company. This has been such a huge experience for me. Mainly because I never thought I’d enjoy the live aspect of things. I am a “planner”, so having the control taken away at the last-minute ring alarm bells for me.
My biggest learning for live is this – plan as much as you can, plan some more, make some plans about those plans, get to know those plans. Then on the day, chuck those right out of the window. They won’t work. Oh sure you’ll have an outline, contingencies, backups and backups for those backups but to be honest, just focus on not self-combusting with stress for the duration of the live event and you’ll be fine. I am not saying planning is pointless, far from it, but as with anything live you have to have a flexible mindset to think quickly and in different ways. If you are trying to fit everything back into a carefully constructed plan, you’ll force things and it won’t come off how you want it too. Trust me, I own a rescue dog and have been forced to live this mentality!
I have had a really busy year and its difficult for me to narrow the list down or prioritise, I could go on. It looking like I will have to do a “looking back on 2018” montage post early in January so I don’t miss out any juicy details.
Thank you for reading my blog and for making it this far down the page. As you have got this far why not check out the other bloggers from the UK? Gareth and Rachel have a really great insight into working life at Essity and you will definitely enjoy their blogs. I certainly did.