2019 has definitely been a year of two halves. In our last blog we spoke of the lessons learned from some of the more challenging moments and this week we are going to look at the opposite – the highs.
One of the goals Bridget set at the start of the year was to work her way around the world. It’s safe to say she has started well on achieving her goal. Through 2019 Hundred Acre has taken her on trips to nine different countries. Client work, workshops, retreats and presenting at conference are just a few of the things done.
Beyond that, what made it even more fun were some amazing opportunities like the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, finding Winnie and the Lieutenant in Winnipeg and spending time with the countless friends who have shared the adventures too.
It is still a dream to travel more and to work in more countries. The first two trips are in the diary for next year and we will work on there being many more. Hopefully at least one new country in 2020 and each year beyond too.
The Tropic corner of our world
Tropic became part of Hundred Acre a couple of years ago and this year when the day to day stuff hit a bumpy patch it came into its own. It also showed just how amazing the support around us is as when Bridget shouted out for help, people did just that. Tropic meant her mortgage got paid one month and she will be forever grateful for that and for every single person who bought something. It’s an amazing company to be part of. Tropic founder Susie Ma is the most successful business owner that has come from The Apprentice programme, she is an inspiration to all of us who are involved.
Our Christmas night out a week ago was far beyond just a team, it was a night of amazing friends. Here’s to more Tropic adventures in the future and to growing our team too.
When two worlds collide
As we discussed last week there have been some interesting moments where work has been concerned, but it has to be said – there have been some incredible ones too.
Bridget loves her work and everything she can do to make a difference and the variety of clients we work with is one bit we all love. We think most people know Bridget loves motorsport, she is a big fan. Well this year her worlds collided in a very special way.
Not many people know that for the last few months Bridget has been living a bit of a dream. Since the end of August she has been working on a project for McLaren Group. She is happy to say they have been a dream company to work for. The project is in its last few days now and she will miss visiting the campus in Woking once in a while.
She says “One of the best parts of my work is that no two days are the same. There have been some pretty good opportunities in my career but the call with this one will never be forgotten. When I walked in for my first interview it was as if I already knew the place as I had seen so many pictures. I didn’t though, I never had any idea just how magical it actually is as there is so much going on. From my first work experience at 17 in the Design Office at Rover Longbridge and all through Uni, working for a car manufacturer or race team was my dream. Well here it is – all of it under one roof.
It’s more than that though. The whole feel of the place and the people every time I visit is a breath of fresh air and by no means least – walking along the boulevard; past the cars and trophies – is just amazing.
There are so many very special historic cars there. From when I first watched F1, the sportscars I watched win at Le Mans and so much more.
I am very thankful for the opportunity that came when my world had fallen apart. There’s a reason I kept it all quiet till now as after a challenging time I just wanted to enjoy the opportunity. It’s also no surprise that my photo of The Boulevard is the main image of a blog about the highs of the year. Magical!
Everything crossed there will be opportunities to return in the future and also that there will be more equally amazing projects and opportunities in my world too.”
Reflecting is so important, both the good and the bad. We can learn so much when we do and that helps us move forward. For so many reasons 2019 has actually been an amazing year.
Next week we will take one final look back, to reflect on the decade. To close this chapter and to look forward to the next adventures.
For now though, from Bridget and all of Hundred Acre – we wish everyone, a very Happy Christmas 🎄
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