2020 was the year I realised it's okay to be ambitious.
Throughout my life, I have considered ambition to be a quality to be ashamed of - something that meant you were a cold or greedy person ready to step on anyone to get your way.
This perception meant I never fully cultivated my own ambitions. I've always looked to challenge myself and achieve throughout my education, but since entering the workplace I've found myself hiding my desire to succeed and the heights to which my dreams reach.
Ambition would push through in small bursts that led to me making career changes or pushing for a little more in my role but I never gave it the breathing room needed for it to consistently flourish.
Restraining this aspect of myself has frequently left me feeling lost during my journey of personal and professional development and has made it harder to access meaningful help from managers and mentors.
But no longer!
I am a caring, empathetic, passionate individual who burns with an energy to achieve, thrive and lead and from here on out, I will stop hiding or apologising for my ambition.