2017 has been one of my favourite years thus far and I still can’t quite believe that what was once the “New Year” will soon become last year. They always say that the years pass by as you get older. And I’m not entirely sure why, but I do wish time would slow down. Just a little bit so I that I can enjoy my favourite moments a bit longer. But I can’t so here is a little look back on why I think 2017 has been my best year yet.
2017 is the year that I got to travel, a lot. In total I boarded 20 flights, one boat, travelled to three different continents and visited 11 different destinations. My favourite trip of this year would have to be my honeymoon in the Maldives, followed by Los Angeles. I feel like California was made for me. I also got to travel first class for the first time to and from LA… all I can say is Virgin Atlantic was fully in support of the champagne campaign that I had going on. Lets have a toast to that!
I also got to visit my best friend in New York this year. My heart was so filled of joy when I got to see her and the wonderful life that she’s built stateside. I am so proud of her and all that she has achieved. Good things happen to good people and good things are happening to this little light of mine. I also got to explore the New York fitness scene and if you follow me on Twitter you’re probably sick of me saying this but: TONE HOUSE! Best. Workout. Ever.
I got married!
Speaking of honeymoons, 2017 was the year I married a man who I can only describe as being remarkable. Actually, remarkable doesn’t do him justice. You can read the full wedding blog here. We said “I do” in front of around 130 of our nearest and dearest and it was the happiest day of my life. On this day I became Tashi Skervin-Clarke.
I decided to keep my family name, Skervin, as it’s a huge part of my identity. It is my genetic make up. I have been a Skervin for 25 years and I always want to share the same name that my Parents have because they are my everything. But after 25 years of being Tashi Skervin, I added Clarke to my as I married my husband Jordon Clarke. Who simply is my other half. He makes me whole. I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with Jordon over 7 years ago, when I was 18 and he was 22.
We have since built our own love story which has panned out to be a bit of a real life fairy tale, my fairy tale. I’ve found my soul mate. I adore my husband. It’s an honour to have him in my life and I look forward to our forever. 2017 was the year we said yes to our forever.
In 2017 I secured the biggest campaign of my blogging career, with Reebok. I was a part of the Girl Squad campaign to launch the A/W17 collection and it was one of my proudest moments to date. This opportunity caused a bit of an avalanche and everything seems to be snowballing at the moment! This year I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible brands and on campaigns that I could only have imagined. I truly am grateful for all that has happened and for all of your support. I know the momentum isn’t going to last forever but I am going to enjoy it whilst I can and do my best to keep the momentum going.
This year was the year that I became a personal trainer! I finally did it. Those close to me know how much I care about fitness and want to help others to become fitter, healthier and happier so this is a natural progression for me. In 2018 I plan to grow my online PT business and I am on a mission to get more women into strength training and running. I think this is probably the one of the things that I am looking forward to the most in 2018. I want to make fitness and running accessible to all so please follow me on Instagram to keep unto date with what I am doing and any running events that I am hosting as I would love for you to join!
Now on to running, This year I have ran races in London, Berlin and America. I also got a half marathon PB this year. Actually I got 2 of them and joined the sub 1:30 club! How? By training in a way that my body responds to best. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to become a PT because the way my body responds to training floored me as it proved that when it comes to running, one size doesn’t fit all.
I don’t do conventional long runs and you don’t have to do them if you don’t want to either. I find them boring so I’m not going to force myself to do them. And this is generally my approach to exercise. If you don’t like it, don’t do it! But always keep in kind the end goal (eg if its your goal to complete a marathon but hate running, know that you’re going to have to run at some point!). This year I didn’t achieve my sub 40minute 10km goal but that’s mostly because the race that I had penciled in clashed with a half marathon that I decided to run last minute. And I got a PB so I guess it was worth it.
So now I’ve got my eyes set on the Cancer Research Winter 10km in February. I’ll be running with a friend who is aiming to go sub 39 minutes so my plan is to just sit behind him. I am also running my first Marathon in 2018. The London Marathon. Yep, you read that correctly, the Speed Queen is running the London Marathon… oh boy, what have I got myself into?! More of this to come later!
The older I get, the more I realise what’s important in life. This year I started prioritising everything important to me… like sleep! Gone are the days where I went to bed at 12:30 and then woke up at 6am to train. If I’m up early, I go to bed early the night before (ok I’m not in bed before 11, but baby steps!)
I also started saying no to events so I could prioritise date night and nights in with my husband. 2017 saw me dedicate more time to myself and spending time doing things I like to do such as training, bottomless brunching with my best friends, getting hair done and even blogging! Now that I feel like I have more of a work-life-blog balance, I am going to commit to blogging twice weekly in 2018. This blog has become my world and I want to get back to creating regular content.
I think this year I have really found myself. My focus was on being me, Tashi Skervin-Clarke. I know what I want. I know who my people are and I know who I am. This is probably why I think 2017 has been my best year yet. It’s the year that I became content with life. Hopefully I carry this feeling of contentment and gratitude through with me to 2018. And beyond because right now life is good!
I hope you had a wonderful 2017 and I am wishing you the very best for 2018. I hope you achieve all that you set out to do and find happiness no matter what life throws at you.
Happy New Year you gorgeous people! Heres to a healthy and happy 2018