Feelings of Gratitude

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I have always thought that if I ever find myself boarding a first class flight to Bora Bora, with a chilled glass of a 2004 Dom Perignon champagne in my hand, it would be because I have achieved something  really special and only then would I be able to say “I am successful”. But, last night as I sat in my South London flat, I became overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude as I realised that I have already achieved success.

 A few months ago I was uncertain about life as I had just finished a masters degree and I was struggling to find a job that I actually wanted. Fast forward to present day and I have a blog that I am proud of, I am working for BBC Sport and on Sunday 22nd February I walked in London Fashion Week for Charli Cohen.

I have always asked myself “how will I ever know if I have achieved success?” If the Queen invites me to her home and gives me a knighthood, does that mean that I am successful? Or what about having a building built in honour of my name (HA!), would that mean that I am successful? I thought that being rich or having some sort of title in my name would equate to success but after recent events, I have realised that success lies within the barriers that have been broken down and the steps taken in order to achieve your dreams.

It’s easy to look at all of the things that you don’t have in life and use it as a way to measure how unsuccessful you are. I’m not a TV presenter, my wardrobe isn’t cluttered with designer handbags and I don’t have Christian Louboutin himself on speed dial. I will get there eventually but just because I am not there yet, it doesn’t mean that I am not successful.

Life is full of ups and downs but only you can prevent you from achieving your dreams. If you really want something, get up and go get it. Stop waiting for things to happen and start making them happen. If you work hard, persevere, be resilient and be kind to everyone, good things will happen.

Maybe one day you will find me in a butler suite in Bora Bora with a glass of 2004 Dom Perignon but if that day comes, I just hope that I am happy because right now I am really happy and happiness is a great indication of success.



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