I am really excited to share with you all that I will recommencing work at a studio on Monday! This will almost be a year to the date from when I was first hospitalised with Still’s. It has been one of the hardest years of my life and I think that is why recommencing work is so exciting and special for me. I will be joining Swell Design Group, a widely respected studio in Canberra. Swell has been incredibly understanding of my circumstance and I am so grateful for the opportunity they are giving me. 

Last year has given me a new slate to restart my career on. Enthusiastic, focussed and driven. I am excited about the opportunity to learn and grow in my skills. To join and be a part of a team once again.

This year has taught me how much I can endure when my hope is firmly grounded in God’s promises to us. God didn’t promise us an easy life but he did give us the capacity to honour him in all that we do. To encourage others despite our difficulties and trials.

I love the quote by Rocky Balboa:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

The very first thing I posted to social media regarding my condition almost a year ago was the quote “When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say why me, say try me.”

This was how I wanted to frame my entire journey right from the start. But I couldn’t have done it by myself. I want to take the time to acknowledge and express my deep appreciation for your support over this last year. Those who prayed for me, wrote to me, visited me or kept me in your thoughts. Your encouragement kept me going on the darkest of days when I didn’t want to continue.

As I start my new job, I am so thankful for the mentors who have helped me refine my gifts and abilities. The teachers and lecturers who put in extra effort to satisfy my curiosity and desire to move beyond my current abilities. The convenors who spent time with me to find pathways for me to complete my studies and provide me with the resources and time I needed to complete my assessment. My great friend and mentor at the university (you know who you are) who spent time each week to just be real, to read books together and share one another difficulties. You will never know how much I look up to you.

To my family who road the rollercoaster with me. My beautiful mum who tirelessly met my every need. And of course my beautiful girlfriend who stuck by me even when things were so uncertain.

Everything in life teaches us something and last year taught me a lot!