We’ve come so far

4th August 2016

We've come so far

I’m one of those people who has a bad habit of comparing themselves to others. I often beat myself up about not being good enough or not doing enough to get to where I want to be.

So, sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves just how far we’ve come rather than just looking at how far we’ve still got to go.

Let’s go back a year. 12 months I go I had just graduated from university with a first class honours degree in a subject that I knew wasn’t really my true passion. I was depressed because I was unemployed, I had no income, I was being rejected for jobs left, right and centre, and I wasn’t that happy with where I was living.

I was playing around with code in my spare time. I was trying to improve my basic skills and attempting to learn some new-to-me, more complicated languages.

I thought that I might like a career in web development but I didn’t think I would get a job as a web developer as nobody employs someone with a geography degree to build websites, right? I was planning on working and saving for a year or two so that I could go back to university to study for my masters in computer science in hope that a more relevant qualification would get me the job.

Roll on one year. I’ve now been working as a junior web developer for over 10 months. During my time at this job I have learned so much about web development, and I’m now working on my first big solo project, building an incredible website. Oh, and let’s briefly mention the fact that I’m finally getting to visit Norway next month, all because of my job. Just wow!

On top of this, I now have an income that has allowed me to move out of the place that made me so miserable. I love my little house on the Wirral, and I can also see that the opportunity to buy my own house is not so far away.

This is just how far I’ve come in the space of the year. Let’s go back a little further…

5 years ago I was still living at home with my parents in Shropshire. I was 17, I had zero income and very little confidence, but I had a dream that one day I would move to live in Liverpool.

5 years on I’m now living just outside of Liverpool having spent almost 4 years living in the city centre. I have a job and an income, and my confidence has vastly improved.

I would go back as far as 10 years ago, but at that time I was 12 and I genuinely can’t remember being 12! But I can say with confidence that have definitely come along way since then.

With time comes personal development and growth. It cannot be rushed. So instead of thinking “Why aren’t I there yet?”, I’m going to start reminding myself of just how far I’ve come even in a relatively short space of time.

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  1. You have come a long way Holly & getting a First in your degree shows you can be hard working and dedicated to whatever you do. I’m glad you have the opportunity to work in your chosen field I am sure you will go far.

  2. Well done Holly! You’ve achieved so much in such a short amount of time, and you will carry on achieving too. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your job, and your lovely house across the water! I think reflections like this are wonderful and incredibly inspiring!

  3. I think a lot of times we are our worst critics and most hard on ourselves. You’ve done a lot in a short amount of time and have continued to be successful which is so important. Keep enjoying your successes and celebrate yourself!

  4. You did amazing and you should be proud of what you’ve achieved. xx

  5. Amy

    This post makes me so happy! It’s great to see how well you’ve done this year. So glad that you’re doing something you love now! It’s always great to look back and see positive changes. Good luck getting a mortgage and furthering your career!

  6. That notepad describes me PERFECTLY.

    Where in Norway are you going? It is such a beautiful country. It’s amazing when doing the thing you love gives you amazing opportunities.

    I am so happy that you’ve come this far. I completely understand about finishing a degree and being unemployed. Whilst I haven’t come as far as you with a job that I am completely happy in, I am still grateful that I at least have a job.

    I love posts like this, and seeing how people are achieving their dreams!

  7. Jamie

    Holly, you have definitely come a long way from when you first started. You’re definitely right! It does take time and patience to get where you are in life. Look at me for example.

    I had spent over a decade just building and coding websites. Now? I finally have my first certificate in a field that I love! I’m currently working on my 2nd certificate and also my degree in a field that I love doing. I mean to some people building websites may not be fun for them, but it is for me! In fact, I had explained this to a classmate of mine and he turned his nose up when I said I do it for fun. He was thinking “Why would you want to do that for fun?” Again, to some people we do things that are fun and to others they do things that aren’t fun for us. I’m glad that you received a job that you love and can take you places!

  8. I’m exactly like you – I compare myself to others and become quite competitive. However, I think this has really helped further me down the line anyway. :)

    If I think back to just a few months ago, where I was getting rejected to every placement I applied for… I got depressed and kept asking why certain people got it and not me. But now, I’m starting my year out placement next week – after the hard work and tough times, things do get better – especially if you’re patient. :D

    I’m glad to see the positivity grow over time – look at you with your web dev job! Well done, I’m honestly so proud of you reading through this blog :D

  9. I forgot to comment on this earlier. But I loved it. You are so successful and in such a good place now, and sometimes people don’t really see how well off they are until they look back at their journey :)

    I went to a Girl Geek meetup last night and one of the speakers was a girl who had done a Bachelor of Geological Science but moved into the tech field. Totally reminded me of you :D