April 24th, 2017 . This was the date I first boarded a plane to Kenya.
Nervous, excited, scared. I really was not sure what to expect, but for sure I never expected this…
Fast forward one year, and this week I make my 8th visit to Kenya to support the 100,000 school meal drop in Kerio Valley. During this stay, I will also be meeting potential new athletes for my running team, coaches, checking on the progress of the guest houses we have built for tourists and fellow running fanatics / well wishers, and having chai tea with house hold names in the sport of running.
This week also marks the week that I announced I shall leave my full time position at Holmes Place in Germany, to concentrate fully on CoopsRun . I can’t believe I am even writing this !
I’d like to hope that this post reaches someone out there and inspires them too to follow their dreams
I have learned a lot in the past 12 months, but two that are relevant to this post would be
- You never know what amazing things can happen outside of your comfort zone
- Anything is possible with the right focus and work ethic
It’s not come easy. I sacrificed all my holiday to make the visits to Africa, to document to the world my intentions, build trust with my followers and build connections with key people. I spent every spare cent I had re investing into the bigger picture, and I gave up a social life by replacing it with building a community on Instagram whilst others are out in bars with friends.
From 600 followers to a combined 47,000 on Instagram, and 100,000 school meals in 12 months I can honestly say it was worth it.
As for now, to launch CoopsRun as a management group and professional running team and to have left my well paid full time role as a General Manager I take the next risk, and probably the biggest in my life. Again on April 24th, I find myself nervous, excited and scared.
Thanks for your support over the last 12 months, and here’s to 365 more ‘out of comfort zone’ days.