Firstly, apologies because this is typed on the iPad so is likely to have lots of typos!
Today I graduated as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist.
This is the end of an amazing 12 months where the person I am now has changed so fundamentally in that time that I no longer recognise myself. In fact, I have stopped assuming I know how I will react to even the smallest things anymore. Because nothing is the way it used to be.
And you know what's interesting? To many this change is not tangible, even though to me it is blatantly obvious.
For the last 10 months I have climbed on a plane at Dundee airport on a Friday. I have stayed at either the Premier Inn or the Travelodge close to London City airport where I've landed. On Saturday I have got up early and caught buses and trains to Regent's College where I have spent two days in learning heaven before travelling back late on Sunday night (practically switching the lights out in London City airport when I left) and arriving home late on a Sunday night ready for work on Monday.
Despite the weather, all flights bar one have gone like clockwork. Once my flight home got cancelled due to fog and I hired a car and drove home, arriving at 2:30am.
The hubby has struggled through every weekend on his own with the little one and despite some very tough times on his own, he has always supported me in doing this.
From the first weekend I struggled as we practiced on each other because I was still in the middle of my journey and there were many 'no-go' zones in my mind. On weekend two I had to leave the room mid-exercise and felt such a failure.
It has not been easy. But it has been brilliant.
From the very first weekend we were taught in such a practical way we could start helping people immediately if we chose to. I did. Every time I learnt something new I used it. It truly was a dream come true for me.
And at the same time, I continued my personal journey with Trevor.
I ran the London Marathon.
I published a book "Nothing needs to be the way it's always been"
I set up my company Think it, Change it so I could eventually practice full time as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist but initially just do evenings and weekends.
I developed products that people could buy off my website http://www.thinkitchangeit.com so people didn't have to come and see me to benefit from my help.
I made some amazing friends that I know will be friends for life.
I became part of something - a group of people that under Trevor's guidance are working to change the world for the better, one person at a time.
I found the reason for everything I have been through in my life. Without my experiences I wouldn't be able to help people as well as I can now. I learnt to forgive myself. I learnt to be grateful for things I never thought I would see as a positive.
I learnt and changed under the guidance and amazing example set out by the truly special man that is Trevor Silvester. I am honoured to have had this opportunity. Because in the next couple of years Trevor is going to publish a couple of books and his time will become even more precious and hard to get than it is now.
So today I graduated.
Today I stepped off the starting blocks into what is likely to be the most amazing and fulfilling chapter of my life. And I can't wait!