Oh boy it’s really hard! – By @t0o_ma1nstr3am

Oh boy it’s really hard!

Before I had even started at SCA, I was told that it would be hard. That it was a marathon not a sprint and that I had to pace myself…

Safe to say that these words didn’t quite do the school justice!

I have been learning at a pace I didn’t think was possible, learning from the ‘greats’ such as Alexandra Taylor, Deanna Rodger and Vikki Ross. Learning from the incredible mentors and learning from the superb students.

My eyes have been opened and my mind has been B L O W N. 

I have been pushed to new highs.

I have been pushed to new lows. 

I have curled up in a ball on the floor.

I have felt over the moon.

I have been too excited to sleep.

I have been too stressed to sleep. 

I am learning how to balance. I am learning, more than ever, to choose my battles. I am learning that you can make time disappear, but also that you can make time. 

Alex Mecklenburg (another ‘great’) told me that she gets up at 5 o’clock every morning and goes to bed at 11 o’clock. 


But she does not endorse this lifestyle! 

I am trying my best and I am learning. I am listening to feedback openly, even when it’s hard to hear, I am listening and going back to it when I feel ready. 

Has doing 101 things at once become my optimal condition for thriving? 

I’m not quite sure…

I really do have to continue to remind myself that this really is a marathon and not a sprint. 

Oh yeah and that its blooming hard.

But hard is good?

A challenge is good, more than good.

This is a hard challenge. 

Make your own mind up about that one. 

I also have to keep on reminding myself every day, especially on the tougher ones, that I am actually doing it. 


Wow, it really is cathartic writing it all down. 

Yes Marc, if you are reading this, I have stopped and started (again) doing my gratitude journal. 

I can’t remember who said this but it’s the motto that is on repeat in my head at the moment: ‘Keep on keeping on’. Words to live by especially with everything going on. But, most importantly, listen to yourself. Listen to what you need, when to take a step back, when to have an early night and when to indulge. 

Easier said than done, I know.

It’s a work in progress. 

Learning. Growing. Coming together virtually. Listening. Understanding. Feeding back. 

Absorbing. Immersing. Writing. Drawing. Painting. Designing. Singing. 

Showering. Eating. Sleeping. 

Occasionally weeping.

Another deadline. Another surprise Zoom call…

Catch some zzz’s in between? 

No chance! 

Keep your head up, your heart strong. 

Heart on your sleeve. Feet on the ground. 

Remember this: 

People buy people.

Be kind to yourself and to others. 

Take a step back. 

See you at the CHECKOUT 😉 

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