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|The first official public copy|
Nathan and I moved into my parents house back in England and have been there ever since. However, as of next week we are moving into our own house just down the road from all of my family - something I am so excited about. One of my main reasons to return to the UK was because I missed my family. My sister Emma had been desperate for me to come home so that I can not only support her, but her me, with our grief. What some may not understand is that everyday is still a battle, particularly for Emma. Personally, every time I wake up I am reminded that Rosie is not with us and then I have to carry on with the day as a new normal; a life without Rosie. For all of my family it still feels raw despite nearly 2 and a half years since her passing. Of course there are the days when the new norm really doesn't feel acceptable. Life just doesn't seem fair and these are the days when the all consuming grief physically hurts. This said however on the 'good' days I am learning to appreciate what I do have a lot more.
The other main reason I returned to the UK was to get a career back. My decision to move to Lanzarote was to not work so much or at least get out of the mentality and feeling that I was living to work. So, whilst in Lanzarote I had the privilege of not working. However, I then missed not working. Go figure. Too much of something can make you resent it and I needed to find a balance. Although I had a reason to be there and a goal to achieve in Kona for Rosie I felt like I needed something else. I had worked hard to get within Sky News and I did miss the atmosphere of work. When I moved back I went straight back to Sky News on a freelance basis, picking up shifts here and there. However, I was striving for something more permanent, ideally closer to home and hopefully less, if not no, night shifts. Yes I was asking for a lot within broadcast journalism however my real dream was not necessarily to stay within media despite my passion for it but to move into a career within sports and eventing. I wanted to become involved in the triathlon events I love so much. My real passion having shifted somewhat. The dream was to work for Ironman but I had no event experience. It is a hard market, like media, to crack. I went for about five interviews with other media companies, only one of which ticked all of my ideal boxes. Opposite Nathan's work, good pay, similar role (if not a slightly different idea) to my one at Sky News and no night shifts. After the interview I prayed for nearly two weeks that I would get the call offering me the job. When I got the call saying I hadn't been successful I cried. I was deeply hurt and honestly was lost as to what to do next. My mum tried to reassure me that it was fate and something would come up but it just felt like words of comfort. At my next interview in London I also cried. I felt useless and a failure. After being rejected from the 'perfect' job I resided myself to the fact I would forever have to travel up to London to work within journalism, a 1 hour 30 minute commute (on a good rush hour free day). I also dislike working freelance. I don't like not having a structure and feeling as if I should take a shift, even if it doesn't work with my life, because I don't know how I'll get paid if I don't. So imagine my elation when Ironman contacted me after going for an intern position that there was a full time position and I was being put forward for an interview! After that initial email I had a conference telephone interview the following day at 3pm and by 6pm I had an email saying I had got the job of Athlete Services Manager of Ironman UK. This means I will be working on site at the UK (and some European) races ensuring the athletes are catered for. I am also on hand daily to answer athlete queries and update websites and much more (I am still learning). Even better it is Mon-Fri, 9-5 and is only a 35 minute drive from home! As always, mum knows best. The following Monday (the beginning of this week) I had started work and next week I'll be training interns, the same interns I could have been competing against. Surreal is the only way to describe it and I cannot help but pinch myself. Everything has finally fallen into place.
After screaming to my mum and dad "I got the job" last week I looked up and said to Rosie thank you. I can't help but reflect. I would not be in this position without Rosie. Our journey in Kona was just the beginning! There is so much more to add to Rosie's legacy yet!