I sound like a broken record but this was truly one of the greatest years of my life. I found happiness, I found a life I enjoy and I found out a lot about myself.
But every once in a while we need to stop and look at what is going on in our lives. Is the path we are on going to take us to where we want to be?
I asked myself a lot of questions after one year of working an office job after graduating from university that brought about the change to move overseas and pursue a career in cycling. They are also questions that I have recently asked myself after my 28th birthday.
It is safe to say; I found my happy place in cycling. But despite this when I turned 28 I went through a major evaluation of where my life was headed. I had just finished the final races of the season and with that I had beyond achieved the one-year goals I had set out for myself. It was time to look further into the future.
Once the season unwounded and I had the opportunity to spend some time by myself at Kris Dahl’s family holiday home in Canmore, it was a great time sit down, breathe, look at the past year and have a honest moment with myself about where I wanted to go in my career.
Having a background in Communication Studies, I undertook the role of Media Coordinator for Team SmartStop in 2014 and although I absolutely loved every minute of it, I knew I was only touching the surface of what could be achieved and I knew I had stretched myself to the limit on multiple occasions. So what did I really want out of this career? What was going to be the big goal in the long run?
Don’t get me wrong, I loved looking after all the SmartStop boys as their Soigneur, but massage is not my strong point and although I am willing to do more short courses to learn more, I made a decision late this year that I am not willing to take two years out of my career to go and finish my education in massage. I knew that there was so much more I could do for the team by utilizing the skills that I already possessed and putting all my efforts into one role.
With that, Team SmartStop were also looking to further the role and were discussing bringing on a media director role within the team. After talks with the owners of the team, I knew that this new role was something that I wanted to get into. It aligned with my long-term goals, but they were still going to give me the opportunity to travel with the team and go to any race I want to. Something I was not yet prepared to give up just yet.
Although I am going to miss the hands on aspect of the Soigneur role, I am still going to be mum to those boys, I will still be with them every step of the way and I will still take on Soigneur tasks when required to ensure they get the best possible care that they need to achieve even more greatness in 2015.
I am so thankful to Pat, Jamie, Joe, and Creed who saw the talent in me this year and can see the potential in what I can do for the team in 2015 by creating this role for me.