Saturday, 22 October 2016

Blogtober16 - My Biggest Accomplishment

This blogtober post discusses my biggest accomplishment, and I think I can say without any sort of arrogance that I've been lucky to have quite a few already. At almost the age of 24, I've ticked off a few accomplishments including:
  • Completing a bungee jump for a children's charity
  • Gaining good grades in my GCSEs
  • Going to college
  • Graduating with an honours degree from uni
  • Skydiving for a Scottish animal charity
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro in aid of Childreach International
Sometimes it feels like I am bragging, or being arrogrant, so sometimes I try not to mention it. Some people I know might know I went to Africa, but not why. Apart from this blog, where I feel it's mentioned heaps!

By far, the one that sticks out and has effectively changed my life in more ways than I thought possible (I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true) was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I've visited a few places and ticked off a couple of important goals, but this is way up there. This post will describe my journey getting there, and what positivity the journey has bought to my life.

To get there, I needed to raise £2,500, which I was terrified I would never achieve. I'd done fundraising before but never raised anything close to that. I did it in a variety of ways from promoting my BT Donate page on social media, keeping people informed about what things I was doing to prepare and fundraise and many other things. I think I did 2 or 3 pub crawls, where I shaked my can at drunk punters and told them what I was doing. I also did a street collection in Dundee. I was impressed most of all with the support I got from working at BHS. They donated on my BT donate page, helped organise a quiz night and even hosted a bring and buy sale in the staff room. All stuff not bought were then sold on ebay or donated to local charity shops.

Me at work - doing an easter quiz night

















I also organised a date auction around valentine's day, where I sold friends for dates. One friend got sold for £50! I sold a lot of my unwanted belongings on ebay and music magpie. I even organised a race night event with my best friend, Julie who was also climbing Kilimanjaro with me.

I gained a lot from doing it. It was worthwhile as it was my first experience of going abroad, and it was an 8 hour flight! Although I had gone on domestic flights before that, I'd never gone further than London. It also provided me with great sights, including visiting Tanzania town and seeing a little bit of Kenya. I loved being able to meet the children that my fundraising was benefiting in Tanzania. It also gave me something interesting to add to my CV and discuss with potential employers.

From there, I knew I wanted a career in fundraising. It has been difficult to work up the ladder, but know it is something I have a talent at. I will keep trying!

Since climbing Kilimanjaro, I have gone on to hold more events, work for a charity close to my heart, complete a bungee jump on my uni campus, organised a tea party at my house and volunteer for some amazing causes.

Just before my bungee jump...

















I even got a certificate to commemorate making the descent. It is means mor to me than my honours degree! I had a new positivity, where I knew I could achieve things.Sometimes I think it might be the only good thing I do.

Here are my favourite photos from the trip!







































It feels odd to discuss something you're proud of. Being British means ignorance of your own talents and focusing on the praise of others. That being said I'd love to hear of yours. What is your biggest accomplishment? You probably don't even realise just how amazing you are, so here I am to say you rock!
























40 comments:

  1. Wow what an amazing accomplishment, that is something to be proud of #blogtober

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    1. Awww thank you! :) you're just as amazing at what you've achieved!

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  2. Wow what an amazing person you are and one hell of an accomplishment xx

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    1. aww thank you, I really appreciate your kind words :)

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  3. Now this is an amazing list! Climbing mountains, bungee jumping and sky diving all in one post!

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    1. Awww that's really sweet! I don't think there will be anymore challenges, but I do want to do the Great Wall of China...

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  4. there's no such thing as bragging! this is amazing and that you are proud of these

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    1. Thank you, I don't know it just feels like if I mention it, it's like "Did you know I climbed kilimanjaro?"

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  5. That is absolutely a massive achievement!! How amazing is that to say you've climbed kilimanjaro!!?

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    1. I know it is great, thank you for reading :)

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  6. Wow you have achieved a lot. Well done. Climbing Kilimanjaro is major.

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  7. Wow climbing Kilimanjaro is such an achievement and you should be so proud x

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    1. Aww thank you, it was an unreal experience :) x

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  8. Wow climbing Kilimanjaro is an amazing achievement - plus raising all that £ - you should be super proud of yourself x

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    1. Aww thank you! Sometimes I don't know how I did manage, but I think if you're determined enough...

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  9. Wow, this is AMAZING! I would seriously be telling everyone and their mum if I had accomplishes anything that huge in my life! You should be proud!


    - Elodie x

    www.elle-yeah.com

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    1. Aww thank you for your kind words :)

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  10. Brilliant achievements especially climbing Kilimanjaro, welll done to you!

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  11. These are truly amazing achievements and well done you for accomplishing them.

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  12. Some incredible accomplishments!! You should be so proud xx

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    1. I am :) but thank you, such lovely words!

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  13. OMG a bungee jump!!! You're very brave I'd be terrified and wouldn't make it to the top. You should see me on stairs lol.

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    1. The bungee jump is the scariest as with a skydive is like flying (incredible), but for a bungee jump, it felt like I was hanging there, swinging!

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  14. You have accomplished so much. I'd love to do a bungee jump!

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    1. Aww thank you, that's lovely. You should :)

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  15. Wow bungee jumping! Go you, I would be terrified! H x

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    1. It is a thing ticked off my bucket list, but prefered skydiving (that I'd recommend to anyone)

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  16. What an amazing achievement! I'd love to summit a mountain, but there's no way I could do a bungee jump. Very brave!

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    1. Aww thank you :) you can do whatever you aspire to!

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  17. Oh wow, you've had some amazing achievements, I think my biggest achievement is turning my passion into a job - something I never thought would happen! x

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    1. Aww thank you! That is pretty amazing, you should be proud :) if you enjoy your job, you never work a day in your life after all...

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  18. You've done so many things! It's a list to be proud of! Skydiving sounds so exciting but I don't know if I'd dare.

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    1. It feels like flying after you take the plunge!

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  19. Excellent achievement, , you should be proud of your self.

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    1. Aww thank you :) that's so sweet of you!

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  20. I shall be climbing kilimanjaro next august for Childreach! I cannot wait but it definitely will be a challenge! All the advice, support and help you could give me would be amazing pleasseee! I'm going to need it! Congratulations on doing it yourself!

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    1. Well please get in touch :) there is so many things I'd do differenrly such as packing a favourite thing/home comfort. I got sick of water. I'd also kept money separately etc

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