You may have noticed that last week I didn’t post a Three Things. That is because I was away on a Leadership Course on Dartmoor in Devon. I have decided that this week I will focus on the course I went on for my Three Things and share some insights into what I was up to last week.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) course is run by Rotary. Which are a fantastic charity, Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
– Promote peace
– Fight disease
– Provide clean water,sanitation and hygiene
– Support education
– Grow local economies
My work sent me on the course to gain some leadership skills and build up confidence.
Reading – Shelter Box UK
Included on the course I was on, where many inspiring talks from a variety of people. On Friday we had a talk from a Rotarian who also works for Shelter Box. The talk was about the charity itself and how young people can get involved, I found this really interesting so when I got home read all about the charity and how I can possibly get involved in the future. Shelter Box are located in Cornwall where I live and they have lots of opportunities to volunteer wether it be at one of their events, festivals, talks, or even go abroad and actually help with disaster relief. I would like to get involved some how as I think this charity is so valuable to a vast amount of countries around the world.
Seeing – Nature in all its beauty
Being out on Dartmoor for a week was just brilliant. I am normally cooped up in a stuffy office with no window all week. The beauty of Dartmoor was just overwhelming especially with the beautiful weather we have had recently. Here are a couple snapshots of Dartmoor that I took when I was away.
Doing – Tacking the climbing wall
The course was full on! I have never been so tired it was physically and mentally challenging but I loved every minute. I guess the one thing that really stood out for me was tackling the climbing wall. It was a wet day, I was knackered my body was exhausted and feeling a bit fed up. I’m not scared of heights but the thought of dragging myself up a 90degree wall really got to me. I tried to get up the first time but fell off half way up (I was secured properly I didn’t just splat) I tried a second time and the same thing happened. I stood back for a rest just thinking “I can’t do this” a few people gave me some techniques and told me to stay positive. I kept saying “I can’t” and thinking my body is too weak to get up this stupid wall. I then remembered everything I had been learning all week and how my negative thinking was not helping me. I took a deep breath, thought “I can and I will climb up with wall” and I went for it. Yes I struggled but I made it to the top. I felt so proud of myself for not giving up and this really made me think that a positive attitude can get you anywhere even if you think the task in hand is impossible. The day after I struggled climbing up here I was then face climbing up an actual rock face on Dartmoor. I kept my positive thinking cap on and went for it. I made it to the top with a massive smile on my face!
If you live in the UK and are between the age of 18 and 28 I highly recommend this course to you. It’s a great way to meet new people, gain valuable skills, build confidence and get out of your comfort zone.
If you wanted to know more about the course or anything I have said in this post then get in touch, I would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading. Katie x
What is Three Things?…
Three Things was created by Paula’s at The Book Jotter. Her new idea is to regularly write three things she observes in the world around her which include:
3. Doing or Thinking
It’s just a great way for your followers to see what you have been up to in the week and mixes up what your normally post about. If you want to also take part or find out more about Paula’s idea please go to her blog