This time 4 years ago.... I was attending my very first event as an equine journalist. It was the Hickstead Derby show. I'll never forget the day! It was just 3 days after I went self-employed and I genuinely couldn't believe my luck! My last day of employment was a mix of fear and excitement - more excitement I think!
I had already spoken to the owner of an equestrian lifestyle website about writing the odd guest article for them and when I said I was officially going freelance, the opportunity arose to go to Hickstead!
I remember setting off on the 150 mile journey that morning at 6am - I had one day at Hickstead and I wanted to make the most of it! I stopped at Membury Services for a Flat White on the way and was so so excited when I got to Hickstead a couple of hours later.
It was scary, nerve wracking and I had no idea what to do, who anyone was or where to go. But I signed into the press office, was given my lunch pass and went exploring. That day I watched my first ever Speed Derby and saw Guy Williams smash the record, knocking Harriet Nuttall into second. I love the banter these two still have between themselves, particularly for the Speed Derby!
It genuinely was one of the best days of my life, and certainly the start of my future.
Those of you who have followed me for a while now know that 2 years ago I nearly gave it all up. I'm so pleased I didnt.
While social media always looks so wonderful (and I'm lucky my life mostly is) what you don't see is the stress, pressure, distraught when a client has a bad month, 14hr days, working weekends, being on the road and challenges of running a business.
So 4 years in I couldn't be prouder. A huge HUGE thank you to every one of you for your support. My team, my coaches, family and friends and ever single one of you.
From the absolute bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. Feeling so full of gratitude.
T x - 29 minutes ago