Big Life Update – Finding Purpose Through Sail Training

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going? I haven’t been around here in so long. It honestly feels like forever since I last sat down to write a post on A Light In The Darkness. I think it’s time you guys got an update!

Where to start?

Since we last spoke sailing has become a huge part of my life. That first voyage ignited a love and a passion that has only grown over the past weeks. I have actually been on another trip since then and am booked into a week long one in Scotland in July. I have decided that sail training – what these charities do – is what I want to do in the future and so I’ve been taking steps to pursue that. It won’t be easy, but I’m willing to work hard.

Me with the crew of the June voyage – proudly displaying our well-earnt qualifications.

Sail training is all about taking young people out on sailing voyages, teaching them skills, helping them to work as a team, improving their self-confidence and self-esteem and giving them a purpose to their days. It’s absolutely wonderful and combines everything that I’m good at and want to do.

I think one of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with sailing and sail training is the sense of purpose and self-confidence it’s given me. I have struggled a lot with lack of direction and not knowing what I’m doing and where I’m going. And I think, if it can uplift, motivate and direct me in such a way, what wonders can it do for young people with mental health issues? Or teens from disadvantaged areas? It’s such a valuable, amazing thing and I want to be a part of giving others the opportunity to experience that same incredible feeling of achievement, confidence and freedom that I have.

I can remember a moment what feels like forever, but was actually only a few weeks ago, when I’d been off the boat for a couple of hours. I was still in that exhausted, elated state and I was walking across a Sainsbury’s car park in my Island Trust t-shirt, feeling a complete and utter sense of freedom and confidence and certainty. Certainty that this was what I wanted to do and that this was what I was going to do.

Moosk – the beautiful vessel that I had the pleasure of sailing on my last voyage.

I simply cannot wait to continue with this journey.  On the next trip I am hoping to get my ‘competent crew’ qualification. For the first time in ages, I’m so excited and energised about something and it feels really good.

It feels like I’m working towards something amazing and achievable and that by taking little steps and working really hard I could have a whole future of incredible opportunities in front of me. Opportunities to sail and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.

So how are you all? What have I missed? Future plans, guys? Have any of you sailed before? If so, what did you think? Tell me everythinggggg! And if we haven’t talked in a while, drop me a comment or an email so that we can catch up! ❤🤘❤🤘❤

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17 thoughts on “Big Life Update – Finding Purpose Through Sail Training

  1. Omg I’m so glad you had such a great time sailing! And that you’ve realised what you want to do in the future, that’s amazing ❤ I’ve never been sailing before, I’d love to try it sometime but I’m not sure if it will really be my thing – I get motion sick very easily so I think I’d probably get seasick 😂 I’m glad you love it so much though!

    Andrea @ https://spaceshipsvampiresandsecretagents.blogspot.com

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    • Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment, Andrea! ❤️ It’s lovely to hear from you. You should give it a go for definite, but if you get motion sick then you may not enjoy it as much 🤢 Thanks again! Xxx

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  2. Oh God congratulations!! I’m SO proud of you. The feeling that you just described, is priceless and I love the optimistic way you wrote it!! I’m happy you found sailing and you have described well why it means so much to you. I really think you should go with it and GOOD LUCKK!!! XXXX❤😃

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    • EEEEE, THANK YOUUUU, Bri! Well, you have been one of my #1 supporters so thanks for that. And for the beautiful comment and for basically everything….so yeah. Love ya ❤

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  3. Gracie reading your blog really made the experience of sailing so meaningful.You have certainly taken to this new experience.Hope the trip from Scotland is as great as the other two.I’m sure if could help build up confidence for younsters.We wish you a great trip and look forward to hearing all about it. Xxxxx

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    • Thank youuuu, Nanny. I guess that was my intention 🙂 I certainly have!!! I’m sure Scotland will be amazing ❤ Thanks again!!!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. I’m glad you have found something to put your passion into. You are so beautiful and really fulfilling – definetly a motivator!
    You’ve given me a boost this evening and inspired me to try out new things, honestly.
    I have sailed before, at an Open Day near my local lake. I went with my friend and it was very awkward on the mini boat because it was just us and this random guy who goes to the club. All he did was ask awkward questions and tell us what ropes to pull, maybe not my best first experience!
    Haha but I’ll be trying it again this Summer and will most certainly drop an email if I’ve found something fun!
    Have a wonderful day, Gracie.
    Erin | http://kittyjadeblog.com

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    • Hi! Aw, thank you so much for this beautiful comment! It really made me smile 🙂 ❤
      I'm really glad you enjoyed reading about sailing and about my experiences, thoughts and dreams – it really encourages me when someone takes the time to say so ❤

      That doesn't sound like such a great first time sailing! Some of the boats are really tiny. The sailing training ships are huge and so much fun to sail. I'd really reccomend going on a sail training voyage – they're so much more fun and such an amazing experience. Very different to dinghy sailing (what you've probably done)
      Definitely let me know how it goes if you do any sailing over the summer. Thanks once again 🙂

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  5. Hi Gracie, This adventure sounds like it really opened your eyes to different possibilities to take in life.So glad to hear you’re going to pursue the training as this will give you a sense of direction.l personally think the draw of the ocean is a presence that l cannot describe.But l do know that when lm stressed it makes me calmer mentally and emotionally.

    Love Auntie Carol.

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