Founder's Letter: Reflections & Ambitions

In-between Christmas and New Year I took the time to reflect on the last year.

Lilly Wild

This year I took a big leap by saying yes to pursuing my most authentic self and taking control of the driving wheel of my life, you can listen to my story here.

It’s been a steep learning curve, a rollercoaster of a ride and here are the moments I am most grateful for, the highlights of my year.

1. Escape The City Startup Tribe

May to July I learnt how to build a startup with many others on this part time course in the heart of London. The tribe was amazing, by being very supportive, bursting with creativity and full of energy. Together we hustled, built companies that excited us, dreamt, worked hard and had fun. Lilly Wild was born at the end of July, but it’s a changed a lot since!

2. Dog sledding in Norway

My friend Stian is a professional dog sledder, so mum and I went adventuring together in Norway! It was amazing. We travelled through the undulating valleys that were blanketed in snow, surrounded by silence except for the pull of the sled along the ground, pounding of paws and panting of the dogs. It was wonderful to adventure with mum and being immersed in nature was revitalising.

3. Starting Lilly Wild

I started my own company! It’s an exciting and thrilling process with highs and lows, overwhelm and joy. It’s definitely about the journey and not the destination. It’s an ever evolving process that brings me new challenges everyday. I’m excited to see where we will go in 2017, I have lots of ideas!

4. Training to become a Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and life coach

I fully recovered from moderately severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) along with other health issues using the Lightning Process created by Phil Parker, which I talk about in my podcast episode 1.

It’s a powerful process that enables you to transform your life. I’m now studying to become a practitioner and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to do so! I’ve learnt so much already through the foundation course and am super excited to take my knowledge to the next level in the Masters course in 2017. It’s really incredible what your brain can do and how you can use it to get the life you want.

5. Saying yes to following my passions and authentic self

This time last year I wasn’t in the best of places. My health was failing me again, I could feel the tentacles of CFS/ME creeping back into my subconscious and I was very unhappy with the path I was travelling down.

November 2016 I decided to quit university and figure out the rest along the way. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve learnt so much about business, myself and the mind in the last year, more than I could have hoped for. 

6. Spending time with family

My family, mum and dad, and my two dogs, have been amazing. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. We’ve had our disagreements along the way, but they have enabled me to grow and given me the space to work things out. And Rolo and Sami have been with me every step of the way, wagging their tail and giving me lots of kisses and cuddles.

I’m taking my learnings and successes from 2016 into 2017 with lots of energy, excitment and motivation!

Here are my 7 ambitions for 2017 #7in17

In November 2016 I created a Life Life To The Full List or Yes List or Bucket List or whatever else you wish to call a list which contains my hopes, dreams and aspirations.

I’ve taken my top 7 for 2017, these excite me the most, some I have already set in motion, others I need to put in my calendar!

1. Complete the Ironman in Barcelona, October 2017

Another nail in the coffin for CFS/ME. It’s just something I feel drawn to do. Everyday I test and improve my mental and physical ability with my training and I love it. It’s also awesome to see my swimming, running and cycling time decrease with each month!

2. Wild camp 17 times in 2017 #17in17

I want to try and seek out the UK’s best wild camping spots! I sleep in my bed far too many times during the year and I want to sleep out more, come rain, wind or shine! Do you have any suggestions for me?

3. Spend the winter season away from the South East of England, somewhere where I can get stronger, faster and fitter.

I would like to live in a place with easy access to mountains, where I can go on trail runs and cycle rides, swim in lakes and breathe in the crisp fresh mountain air. To finish 2017 fitter, stronger and faster would be epic, and I feel somewhere with mountains would help me do this!

4.  Climb the UK’s 3 highest peaks; Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon

Given the chance, I’ve always adventured and travelled abroad. I want to see the beauty of the UK and I feel climbing the highest peaks is a part of this. I want to play tourist in my own backyard, exploring my natural playground.

5. Create a popular podcast series called The Lilly Wild Show

I love Tim Ferriss and Rich Roll, but I find it’s very much geared towards men in America. My aim is to produce a show that celebrates women & focuses on our needs, so together, we can achieve astonishing results & become a kickass community of awesomeness. 

On December 25th I released the first episode, with the series officially launching at the end of January!

6. Go on adventure with Rolo

Recently I’ve been running with Rolo, taking him on the trails and training him up into an iron man dog. He’s already ahead of me and makes one mean task master! We’ve been camping in the garden and wild camping on the North Downs, which has been tremendous fun. This year I want to kick it up a gear with a adventure. If you have any ides let me know, I’m still in the dreaming phase!

7. Qualify as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and life coach

My biggest passion in life, which I’ve discovered this year, is to help people create transformation in their lives so they can win at work and succeed at life. The power of coaching and NLP is astonishing and a skill set I want to grow, so I can help people get a life they love. 

Do you have any 7 goals for 2017? I would love to hear them below and then we can inspire and support each other :)