Monday, 16 December 2013

'The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph' - Thomas Paine

I think the moments in your life that you feel a true sense of achievement are few and far between. I can probably count mine on one hand. 

On Friday, I passed the professional qualifications that I’ve been working on for the last three years, which means I’m chartered (some more letters after my name!)

I don’t want to be over dramatic, but this qualification is without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. There were moments over the last couple of years where I’ve genuinely thought this was just something I couldn't do, and I should give up. There were hundreds more moments when I missed out on nights out, birthday parties, holidays, shopping trips and so on just to sit at home, staring miserably at a page of equations, wanting to give up. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that if you make sacrifices and you give something everything you've got - and that is really, really hard sometimes - you will succeed. I genuinely believe that if I can get this qualification, anyone can do anything!

I also think it shows the importance of a good support network. In my really dark moments – and there were some, when I’d failed exams, or was in the depths of revision and couldn't see a light at the end of the tunnel – I would have given up if my family and friends hadn’t been there for me. My Dad spent hours reading through my notes himself so he could try to explain it to me. My Mum had faith that I would pass when nobody else did! And my long suffering sister and boyfriend put up with random tears, sudden bouts of gloominess and depression, and both tried to cheer me up however they could - just little things that keep you going. I’m really grateful and I hope they all get to share a little bit in my achievement, because they deserve it too!

Well, that’s probably enough emotional rambling for one day. They all bought me amazing presents to say thank you, and I just wanted to record somewhere how proud and happy and relieved I am. I wonder what insane idea I'll have next?!



  1. Congratulations lovely! You worked hard and you deserve it! :D

    I did a chefs diploma at cookery school a few years ago and that was the hardest thing I have EVER done...the stress just almost got too much sometimes. I got there in the end though! So I feel your relief!

    Enjoy your Christmas :)

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

  2. I love the quote! This is something that I've lived through.


  3. Congratulations!! Having finished uni this year and hoping to go into a career which means I would have to sit a lot more exams, I know how hard it must be so massive well done! Hope you have lots of celebrations!

    Rachel xx
    Wee Bit of Rachel


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