This month I’ve teamed up with Nike to tell you a little bit about how my training has opened so many doors in all areas of my life. I am hugely passionate in the belief that we can all achieve anything that we set our minds to and so I am very excited to be sharing my story with you. You can find and shop my gorgeous outfit at the bottom of this post.
As I’ve found with everything in life, positive changes never come from inaction. Every one of my achievements has come from a decision to pursue something and a series of steps that I have taken to get me to where I want to be. I made the decision to become a lawyer and so I got myself a training contract. I decided that I wanted to work abroad so I moved to Australia and got a job. I decided to start blogging and so I built a blog and people started to read it.
This sounds easy enough so far, doesn’t it? Decide you want something, make a plan and then take the steps to achieve it. I haven’t set out every step that I took towards my achievements but my point is that you have to take action if you want to achieve in life. So why aren’t more of us taking action to achieve our goals?
We don’t believe in ourselves. We are too critical of our own abilities and sometimes we are too scared of failing to let ourselves realise our own potential. So what made me start achieving?
I started to believe in myself. I started to believe that I was capable of achieving more.
In my third year of university, I moved to Singapore for my exchange year. I was so excited to go but when I arrived I realised that I was really far away from home, I had no friends in Singapore and I instantly felt quite homesick. I decided that joining the Aquathlon team at my university would be a great way to meet some of the university students and try out a new sport. I made friends with the team, I regularly went running with a friend from the team and for the first time in my life, I entered the weights section of the gym during a training session. As someone who had always avoided every machine apart from the treadmill up until then, I was excited to discover a new way of training.
On my return to England and with a new found confidence in my training, I signed up to my university gym as soon as I returned to my home university. I learnt new styles of training from the talented team who worked there and learnt not to fear using heavier weights. I felt myself get stronger, healthier and more confident in trying new things both in my training and outside of it. I pushed myself physically and this boosted me mentally. I lost the desire to follow fad diets, I felt more confident at putting myself forward for new things and I was happier in my own skin. The girl who had been too scared to try any workouts other than running on the treadmill now thrived on pushing herself out of her comfort zone.
I set up my blog in my final year of university and when my friends started to find out about it, I didn’t let any embarrassment make me stop. I felt passionate about sharing tips and helping those who were new to fitness and no longer worried about what others might think. This couldn’t be further from the person I was before who cared far too much about what people thought of me and let a lack of self belief hold me back.
So how did joining a gym and starting a new training programme create such a change in all areas of my life? The gym and my training routine helped me in a number of ways. Firstly, it showed me what I was capable of when I pushed myself. I had spent a large part of my university life unfit and terrified of entering the gym because of my lack of fitness. Starting my training programme taught me that if I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I could achieve so much. I applied the self-belief that came from this realisation to all areas of my life and it helped me to start a blog and pursue my dream career. Secondly, my training offered me a clear headspace to think through any of my problems and find solutions to them. I became more relaxed through my training and I realised how much my own stress had held me back previously. Finally, the gym and training gave me the opportunity to make friends with driven people who push themselves both in their training and in all elements of their life. People like this do so much to inspire me and push me to be the best version of myself and believe that I am capable of so much.
I am in love with this gorgeous jumper! It is so perfect for days when you know you’re heading for brunch straight after the gym!
I haven’t taken this sports bra off since I got it – It’s so comfortable and the back is so pretty!
See how perfect this jumper is for brunch?
When I started going to the gym, I quickly realised how important it was to have a good pair of trainers if you want to avoid unnecessary injury. These trainers are great for the gym but also pretty enough for me to wear more casually.
Shop my outfit below