A year in review

I thought 2017 was the worst year yet, reminiscing over the dreams I didn’t bring to realization, the immense heartache I endured, the pain I caused others, the deep depression I fell into, and the person I didn’t become. But it wasn’t until this morning, when I looked at my social media feeds, that I realized how awesome this year has really been – it was filled with so many highs that I overlooked. This post isn’t to get your kudos  for what I achieved (although I do love hearing how amazing I am 😉 ), but rather to remind myself that I was happy, blessed, loved and successful this past year, to reinforce the fact that we should remember the good over the bad, and to inspire me to be excited for and accomplish even more in 2018!
In 2017…
  • I ran my very first half marathon race (twice)!

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  • I convinced Africa’s top-ranked university, the University of Cape Town, to implement vegan options in their residence dining hall menus (daily) and then I trained 29 of their chefs on plant-based cooking, before launching the program in October.

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  • I also convinced the University of Witwatersrand to implement a plant-based menu in all their dining halls, making one dining hall completely plant-based on Green Mondays, and scheduled training with their chefs for this January.
  • I paid off my car!

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  • I saved up half of what I need for a deposit on a little housy.
  • I started seeing a psychologist and embraced personal growth and good mental health. It was the best decision ever (thank you), I’ve never learnt so much about myself than I did this past year.
  • I met the most incredible people, some of whom have become my best friends.

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  • I raised R2 580 for GreenPop’s reforestation project when I “ran for trees” during the Sanlam 10km Peace Run.
  • I helped to raise R18 496 for Life Child (who takes care of underprivileged children) through Margolite’s 100 climbs 100 lives challenge.

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  • I worked at two outdoor festivals (Reforest Fest and Rocking the Daisies) to promote veganism to the masses (mostly millennials 😛 ).

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  • I was part of an amazing team who organised and ran the Cape Town Vegan Challenge in October this year. We hosted over 20 events in 4 weeks and signed up 1150 participants to eat plant-based during this time!

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  • I got offered a new position at work, this year I will be the communications manager for HSI, Africa – working on both wildlife and farm animal issues.
  • I was featured in the Wellness Magazine – and one of my recipes is featured again in the January 2018 issue (get your copy now).

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  • I signed a deal for a VERY exciting project launching in 2018 – watch this space!
  • And finally, I cooked some really good vegan food!

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I said goodbye to 2017 with a heavy heart, and I know a lot of healing still lies ahead. It is the first time in 7 years that I’m starting a year off alone, which is super scary for me. But even though it seems daunting, and even though I’m a bit anxious for what lies ahead, I feel strong, present and ready to embrace every opportunity and challenge that comes my way. May 2018 be the year I become still and mindful, at peace in my own company. May I be present, not dwelling on the past or stressing about the future. May 2018 be the year I find myself (so cheesy) and be authentic. May I have fun and may I fall. And may I look back in a year’s time and write a blog post twice this size 😉

Love, Leo xx

 

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