Difficult Roads Lead to Beautiful Destinations

Hey! Roseanna here!
Last weekend, I had one of my most life changing weekends to date. I stepped out of my comfort zone like I never have before.

A little about myself, I am owner of luxury jewellery brand Roseanna Croft Jewellery and one of the amazing founders of The Diamond Initiative. Roseanna Croft Jewellery is a business that was supported by The Prince’s Trust and I have since been asked to be a Young Ambassador for them – I jumped at this opportunity as a way of giving back for all they have done for me personally and professionally. 

Last weekend I was asked to speak at a Million Makers ‘Black Tie Gala’ event as a Young Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. There were approximately 200 people there and I have never spoken in front of more than 12 people before, I was petrified. I was very proud of the speech I had written, the subject being ‘difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations’ all about my journey in business and with The Prince’s Trust. 

The event was at Leicester Tiger’s Rugby Stadium, I rushed from the Roseanna Croft Jewellery boutique in Bakewell to put my glad rags on and get glam before meeting the other Young Ambassadors! Upon arrival, I was so excited – you may have seen my live video on Facebook!? Champagne and mingling before a beautiful sit down meal… and my speech.

But do you know what? I did it! Even though I was extrmemely nervous, I put my brave face on and stood up there and told my story. After I got over my nerves, I loved it. I had many complitmetns after the speech, including from a retired rugby player – Martin Bayfield and many other business people who attended the event. What an achievement.

My weekend didn’t end there though… if that wasn’t enough I was partaking in an ultra-marathon the following day for mental health charity – Heads Together! Has anybody heard of Race to the Stones? A ultra-marathon along The ridgeway, the oldest path in England! 

For those of you that don’t know, an ultra-marathon is anything over 26.2 miles, this one happened to be 62.2 miles (100km)… that is a very long way! I may have run a marathon this year but this was a totally different ball game.

I don’t know what I was more nervous for, the speech or the most physically demanding challenge of my life yet, and as it turns out, one of the most mentally demanding challenges as well. 

The first 30 miles were wonderful! At mile 53 I was fighting back tears through exhaustion, blisters and a strapped foot due to sore ligaments. At mile 60, I was swearing like a trooper. At mile 62.1 I was fighting back tears of happiness. Partly at being finished but mainly because of my achievements over the weekend.

I could tell story after story, but this would turn into an essay rather than a blog post! I feel like a different woman this week. I feel so empowered and inspired by myself it’s unreal. When I wrote my speech, I didn’t realise the significance of the saying ‘difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations’ but how apt…

If you are ever given an opportunity you think you can’t handle, or you think is above your skill level, think again. I have proved this weekend, that I can truly do ANYTHING, and so can you! If you have any questions about my adventures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’d be more than happy to chat!

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