Happy New Year

So here’s to 2020. A new year and of course a new decade.

I guess we all need to be detoxing and ‘bettering’ ourselves at this time of year and that’s all good, but instead of making new crazy resolutions let’s celebrate what we have achieved and realistic goals for 2020.

2019 was a good year for me, no actually a great year. Did I achieve some big goals? Yes I did. At the beginning of the year, did I even have my sights set on one of the huge goals I achieved…nope I did not. Sometimes things come out of the blue, things that you kind of always wandered about but just never took that step because of a number of reasons, but mostly because life was busy and it was something that had been thought about, but never acted on.

What am I rambling on about?
A chilly afternoon in March, I was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook and there was an ad for a part time swimming teacher. That was the thing I had thought about but never acted on! So I clicked on it and sent the company a message about attending their recruitment afternoon.
I went along and had all these questions to ask and realised how interested I was in doing it.
Swimming has always been such a part of me, I do it for fun and for enjoyment, but I also do it to clear my head and enjoy the quiet, rhythmic motion of swimming for miles by myself. If I could teach kids to swim and if they develop the same love for swimming that I have, well then that can only be a good thing. I still remember my first swimming teacher, Jolly, who was an ex South African swimmer and I loved her!

Swimming is a part time job around my photography and the main reason I thought about doing it was to fill in the gaps during the winter months when things are quiet. I did my Swim Academy training and was a couple of months in when I was approached about doing Baby and Pre-School swimming lessons too, so more training (and oh, my goodness was it intense!!) and I am now fully qualified to teach newborn babies all the way up to 10 year olds.

Why am I writing about this? One, to celebrate my achievements – I never do that, I somehow feel that I’m not worthy of celebrating these things and secondly to own my achievements. I own my own photography business and I am a part time swimming teacher. Does it sound fancy to some people? Hell no. I get some looks as if to say “oh, so you’re not very good at either?” Well, on the contrary, I’m pretty damn good at both. I have a family and my husband’s job means that I have to be flexible and drop kids, fetch kids, be available when they’re ill and run the household. We don’t have family where we live, so it’s just the two of us and if that means I have two jobs…that I simply adore and can work around our family then I have found my niche and I’m happy (busy…but oh so happy!). A portfolio career, if you will.

Here’s to a new year and making realistic goals but also being open to opportunities that you may not know are coming your way. To working hard, to not burning yourself out and to making quality time with your family and friends and to enjoying it all.

Kirst xx

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