I was working in 3 jobs at the age of 14, whilst in full-time education. I was told I would not get anywhere in life and certainly would not achieve any higher than a grade 'E' in my maths GCSE. As well as secondary school at 15 I went to night school to top up my lessons in an adult environment, I walked away with 3 grade C GCSE's, Maths, English, Computer Studies.
I wanted to go to The Polytechnic but wasn't allowed. In the end I worked as a civil servant and had a baby boy at 18 and became a Gym Junkie. Since then I have worked pretty much in 2-3 jobs, achieved NVQs in Customer Service and Business Studies. In 2008 in managed to gain a BA in business management with Exeter University, and become a CertEd qualified IT Trainer with Plymouth University. I learnt to swim and dive in 2009, something that caused me to panic for years.
I started BJJ at 35 and trained to a bluebelt level. I learnt to practise Muay Thai for fitness and fun, I learnt how to play chess from scratch and box in-between, I got a few medals and had a few fights including ChessBoxing, again something many people questioned, something people said what's the point? Are you not too old? Why are not focusing on your career? Where is this going to take you? What about your pension?
I'm 40 this year and despite all the ups and downs you have in life you should never give up, I have always used training as my vice, my drug, my drink and my life partner.
Never listen to someone else's negativity, if you want to try something go for it! Don't let people stand in your path, you may not achieve everything, but... Everything we do leads to something else. It is all a learning experience. There are endless possibilities and scenarios. The greatest part is looking back! :0)
Do what makes you happy, don't let anyone stop you, if they love you, they will support you. Sometimes you need to jump on that bus and see where it takes you.
I know that the last few years has taught me so much, I have overcome fears of being beaten up again by ex boyfriends as well as bullies at school, I have learnt to stand up for myself in many situations. I have learnt how to deal with people at work, and in business in a completely different way. I have met so many people from different countries and been inspired by lots of them too!
Have a plan each year of the goals you want to achieve, stick on your fridge or bedroom mirror, you'll be surprised how many you achieve on your road map journey.
I was off track on my road map, with some tough times in the last year, I've lost out on opportunities, lost my fitness, gained weight, and all this had a knock on effect with my finances too!
My aim is to get back on track with at least a few goals...
From 12th May I start travelling and training again. I am looking to cover quite a few places in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia and returning in September.
I will be training Cross fit, Body-fit, Weights, Muay Thai, Boxing and Yoga all for fitness and fun. I am not aiming to fight at this moment in time, but I never say never!
Life is too short!