Saturday, 30 December 2017

The Confidence that the Outdoor's Brings. [The Blog's First Birthday]

Adventures of an Introvert is now officially a year old. One year ago I decided to bite the bullet and write about my adventure experiences, and what a  year it's been.

I started off the blog with nothing more in mind than to practice my writing skills by writing about something I enjoy, and it has been a fantastic journey. I have achieved more than I thought possible in a year.
This year I have taken steps into the unknown, more times than I ever have before. I have grown as a person and it's been amazing.

In a year of writing this blog, I have given myself the confidence to:

  • Plan the Three Lochs way- with strangers. I created an online event with the rambling roses (on Facebook) and opened the invitation for this 2 day walk, to people I had never met before.
    The walk itself was incredible and both physically and mentally challenging, but the fact that I made it showed me I can do anything.
  • Apply for a course I had always wanted to participate in- Woodland Activity Leader Training with Wild Things! This training has been on my radar for ages, and considering I work outdoors with children, this training was perfect. The course itself was more than I could have ever imagined. We had one intense week of learning how to do Bushcraft, plant ID, animal tracking and other outdoor skills. The only problem was that I didn't want to come back. I just wanted to keep learning...
  • Which brings me on to my next point, without having been to the WALT course with Wild Things! I would have never looked into applying for University. One night while I was on the WALT course, I decided to see if there where any courses like this at university level. I decided to apply for information about the course I am on. Only it wasn't information I was applying for, I was actually submitting my application to study, and I only realised this after I had sent it. I knew I wanted to apply anyway, and I am so glad I did. My university course (Outdoor Education and Learning with Perth College UHI) has been such an adventure. We've studied canyoning, coasteering, gorge walking, kayaking and canoeing. The fact that I get to do these activities and count it as studying is the best feeling in the world. And it's with the best bunch of people.
But the main thing is, the fact that I've been writing this blog, has helped me reach for the things I want, I love writing about the outdoors, and if I sit on my bum instead of going out and finding these things, then I'm going to have nothing to write about. This year has just fallen into place, everything that I've ever wanted has landed right in front of me.
I hope that the next year of blogging will bring me the same amount of adventures, and good fortune.

Happy New Year everyone!

Love- Jade, Your introvert adventurer, x

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