15 December 2023

Reflections on 2023: A Year of Growth and Development

Chloe Feather

Red Tiger Consulting


As 2023 draws to a close, many of us are now enjoying a well deserved break from busy work schedules and project deadlines. With the New Year rapidly approaching, it’s important to take this time out to rest and recharge your batteries. It’s only natural during this downtime to pause, reflect, and appreciate the milestones you have achieved during what has been a particularly tough year not only personally but throughout the world as a whole.

At Red Tiger Coaching, this year has been nothing short of transformative for us all personally and professionally, filled with enriching experiences and the incredible growth of the individuals we’ve had the privilege to coach. In this blog post, we invite you to join us on a reflective journey through the ups and downs of 2023, from personal breakthroughs and celebrations to overcoming challenges.

Steve’s 2023 Reflections

2023 has been an interesting year for me – reaching a big birthday milestone (half a century), the impacts of ongoing economic uncertainty as well as having to navigate some personal challenges. It has certainly been a year for learning and reflection. It’s been a time to reset my personal and professional objectives and focus on what is really important to me.

I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved as a Red Tiger team. We have successfully added to the team (with the addition of Maisie) and we continue to innovate with our processes and services. We have recently achieved Cyber Essential accreditation and are on the way to get ISO 9001/27001 accreditation which is our commitment to clients and ourselves on two area: quality processes and information security. On the coaching side we are continuing to supplement our personal one-to-one coaching with increased work with larger organisations.

In terms of achievements this year, I am proud to have become co-chair of the Society for Location Analysis and successfully hosted the first face to face event in a while. With Red Tiger – happy to successfully bring on board a number of new clients and support them with their recruitment, training and coaching requirements.

Reflecting on what 2023 has meant for me, there is one word; it’s been a rollercoaster, with massive highs and significant lows.

I am looking forward to shut off from work related stuff and having time to recharge. In between Xmas and New Year is also an opportunity to get some blog posts completed so I hope to have a flurry of inspiration to bring into the new year. I would also like some time to read a few books (this year has been particularly lax in terms of reading) and get out on some really long walks with my dog, Murphy. I also aim to leave the festive period the same weight that I entered it!

On my wish list for Xmas is some new socks (walking socks ideally) and some new hiking boots, but I will probably end up buying them myself.

Andy’s 2023 Reflections

2023….it’s. been a funny old year…. I celebrated a milestone birthday with a big party, two rock bands and a brilliant comedian with friends and family, a highlight for me. It made me feel valued and loved and also that with some help I can throw a great party!

I also enjoyed some trips to the mountains in Canada, USA and of course Scotland. It’s important for me to spend time outdoors and so I always plan time away from urban and homelife to enjoy nature and being in nature.

Professionally, coaching has been going well and I achieved the milestone of 100 hours of coaching. I am in the process of achieving ACC accreditation with the International Coaching Federation….. just the exam to pass now! However coaching is all about the impact and change achieved by those being coached and it’s been satisfying to receive the feedback that my coachees have seen positive change from their coaching experiences.

Lastly as a parent there is always a need for impromptu coaching to occur when trying to navigate the hectic life of your kids and the challenges that can throw back. Everyone has been healthy and safe and I have enjoyed watching them progress and grow in all that they are doing.

I wouldn’t say I am a massive fan of Christmas and all the gift giving etc… I tend to treat this time as period of rest and relaxing at home and welcome family here to do the same. We eat the traditional meals and watch old films on TV, plenty of walks and relaxing by an open fire with a tipple in hand. Standing joke in our house is that I buy all my own Christmas presents….. there are no real surprises…. But I do look forward to a bottle of malt whisky in my stocking… hint hint 😊 Here’s to 2024!

Paul’s 2023 Reflections

2023 for me on reflection has been a great year personally and professionally. Personally I took great pride in seeing my wife (Vic) get a new Chemistry teacher position, our eldest Bethany build even further her successful business (as I write this she has 95k followers on Instagram) and our second youngest (Ava) won and performed the lead role of Snoopy in her school production and also get very good GCSE grades (including a 9 in Drama which will teach me for saying “I haven’t yet seen any evidence of why she should do Drama A level”).

To top all of this off I became a fully qualified Business and Lifestyle coach with my final assessment completed in October this year! Professionally it has also been great to see Red Tiger Talent grow our team by appointing our first ever full time Research and Marketing Assistant (Maisie) in September 2023. Now that Vic’s big birthday celebration is out of the way it is onwards and upwards with my fitness levels going into 2024 and excitement at what sporting event/s I may enter next year!

I’m hoping for a busy few weeks for Red Tiger Talent in terms of good roles to work on (exciting roles with good responsive clients), and also a few coaching sessions also for Red Tiger Coaching followed by a nice break over the festive period (Xmas Eve through to the new year) so we are all rested and ready for 2024 which I am full of optimism for. For Christmas to be honest I’m not that fussy – new clothes is always a winner especially gym/running/cycling gear.

Maisie’s 2023 Reflections

For me 2023 has been all about change. My time at university studying in Liverpool came to an end. This change was sad yet exciting as I left behind some of the best people and a city I love but with this came a new chapter. After a lovely summer filled with beer gardens and trips away with my friends/family I started Red Tiger in September – my first full time role. This was a great way to end 2023 as it has allowed me to meet new people and start learning new things!

I’m now excited to spend time with my family and make the most out of mince pies being back on the shelves as well as (hopefully) watching Christmas films under the electric blanket that’s on my Christmas wish list! 2023 has been filled with ups and downs but all together a great year, bring on 2024!

Chloe’s 2023 Reflections

2023 has been a pretty good year for me personally, though it feels like it has flown by incredibly fast! As someone who likes to set goals at the start of the year, I have felt quite accomplished in achieving a variety of ‘small wins’, such as (finally) joining a regular spin class and hitting certain targets in my strength training.

My health and fitness journey has been a big part of this year as well as truly dedicating time to the hobbies I really enjoy: reading, crochet, and sport including a new favourite – F1! I’ve had some fantastic holidays as well as days out hiking and other fun events with friends over the summer, which has been a really lovely way to spend my time outside of work.

Professionally, I’m enjoying working at Red Tiger more than ever as I grow and learn in the world of marketing/recruitment, and of course with Maisie joining us in September it has been great to have her with us. I’m looking forward to a wind-down over Christmas filled with festive movies, (too much) good food & drink, and getting involved in our family’s board game competition! On my Christmas wishlist it is usually new gym clothes and books (I’ve had my eye on One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez), since I tend to spend a lot of my time doing one or the other!

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Published by Chloe Feather

Chloe is a recent Human Geography graduate from the University of Leeds, working as Red Tiger’s Research and Marketing Manager


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