What have you done in 2018 that you never thought you would do?


As this year comes to an end we have a question for you.

What have you done in 2018 that you NEVER thought you would do?

We asked ourselves this question and here’s what came up for us.

Carol Conway, Coach & Collaborator
In 2018 I moved from London to live in Anchorage, Alaska. That’s 4,487 miles across the world, an 18 hour journey and a 9 hour time difference. I love travel and always thought it would be great to live in another country but never dreamed it would happen. The move with my husband’s job has brought me many firsts this year…experiencing a new country and culture; walking on a frozen lake, seeing glaciers, hiking up mountains, driving past a bear and her cubs, seeing a moose in my back garden, catching salmon and eating it fresh from the river, driving in a snow blizzard, experiencing a big earthquake (7.0) that shook the city and me to our core. Living in the land of the midnight sun has been challenging – both scary and exciting. Alaska is beautiful, vast and extreme and it is the friendliness of the people I have met here that have helped me be able to call it home.

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Emma Canter, Leadership Coach
I never thought I would get the opportunity to work in Quito, Ecuador and stand on either side of the Equator!

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Emma Hackett, Mindful Eating Coach
I never thought I would create my own coaching programme, write it, market it and successfully run it with clients. At the beginning of this year, I was floundering, not really knowing my direction or purpose. So I turned to a coach who was running a business building course to set me on the right track. And a happy outcome of the course was meeting a wonderful group of coaches including our very own Anita Patel. Fast forward a few months and I have created and written a Mindful Eating coaching programme and run it with clients. I know how powerful Mindful Eating can be having followed the principles (not rules!) for about 5 years, and now I am delighted and honoured to be sharing it with my clients. It is such an inspiration to see how Mindful Eating is helping them find a more peaceful and balanced relationship with food, eating and body image. At the beginning of 2018 I never thought I would be where I am now and I’m grateful to so many for the incredible journey the last twelve months have been. 

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Fiona Sarno, HK Practitioner & Creator for Change & Improvement
I wrote for eight circles which exposed my inner thoughts to an unknown audience. It made me realise that I can help people just by being me and sharing my ideas, thoughts and observations.

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Neena Speding, Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader & Collaborator
I never thought I would be talking about Cannabis. My continuing journey in neuroscience, the psychology of mental health and being a parent has inspired me to put aside my biases and engage in conversations about Cannabis. From the starting point of “not interested because it may associate me in some way”  and “ if I don’t talk about it I won’t need to worry about it”, to my current standpoint in 2018 where I openly and passionately talk about:  its medicinal use, the effects of its recreational use , its impact on the brain and most notably, how it affects personal and professional life.  

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Anita Patel, Coach, Communicator & Collaborator
I never thought that I would end the year being known as The Communicator’s Coach (it still feels a little weird saying that but I’m learning to own it). 

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And that as they say in the movie business, is a wrap for 2018.

Thank you from all of us at eight circles for reading our articles, sharing them and most importantly for commenting and engaging in conversation with us – that’s what we love the most.

Happy Christmas and here’s to a ____________________ 2019! (fill in the blank with your word for the year).

Whatever it is, we will be here to share it with you.