Be Careful What You Wish For. You May Just Get It

Many of you have been asking how I came to the decision to pack up and travel the world indefinitely with my seven-year-old son. I thought I'd share it here.

In fact, filming this Facebook Live has inspired an idea. From this point forward I'm going to try my hand at creating a proper travel blog. Watch this space!

Posted on April 25, 2018 and filed under UK.

Sunshine Send Off

That’s it! I’ve FINALLY done it!

I’m officially packed up and ready to go. I’ve sold almost all of my possessions in preparation for my long-term travels.

Lordy, who knew that letting go of STUFF could be so hard. It really has been a task of EPIC proportions. I've been more than a little surprised at the emotional journey the process of letting go has been.

I've come to realise just how attached we, as a western society, are to material things and how much they define us in the pecking order of life.

Letting go of my belonging has been a process of gradually loosening my grip on all that I own one finger at a time! But now that it's done I feel lighter, freer and very much relieved. 

Today after three solid months of laborious selling, trips to the charity shop, packing and constant pouring rain I said a fond farewell to my beachside pad in Brighton... and as if by magic, the sun began to shine to give me a good ol’ send-off.

This picture was my last look at the sea before I go.

Next up: A 5-hour drive to Northern Lincolnshire for a visit with my Mother before I fly. 

Whoop! I’m nearly there! 

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Posted on April 5, 2018 and filed under UK.

I'm Actually Doing This

OMG! I’m actually doing this! 

This is the storm before the calm.

I’m selling all of my belongings and paring down my entire life’s possessions to 2 suitcases and 2 small rucksacks ready to travel the world indefinitely!

Eek, I have no furniture left! 

Posted on March 30, 2018 and filed under UK.

Magic Happens When You Listen to The Still Small Voice Inside

I was in a toxic relationship.

The person I was with was bleeding me dry, sucking the energy and lifeforce out of me.

My life felt like a was wading through glue. Nothing worked and my circumstances were spiralling out of control.

That's when my inner voice started to scream...

"If you don't do something different, you'll NEVER be able to live the life you desire." 

Something needed to be done.

Almost overnight I went from being all in on the relationship to being 100% emphatically OUT.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step and with that ONE decision, everything changed.

The moment I severed my relationship things improved.

Life seemed rosier, things got easier, I felt more relaxed and happy and everything flowed. My business rapidly elevated. Clients and money rolled in with ease.

It made me realise just how insidious other people's drama can be. It bleeds into our lives like a silent killer, slowly eroding our dreams one treacherous step at a time and leaching away our happiness and the things that light us up. 

At last, I had the head space to take a look at my life objectively without being bogged down.

Laser-like clarity returned and I could see the shape of my dreams once more. Ideas and possibilities started to roll in. My enthusiasm for life returned and a fresh new chapter of my life lay open, ready for the taking.

It never ceases to amaze me how ONE seemingly small decision can change EVERYTHING. 

When we take a stand for our truth and our worth things shift quickly. When we step into the unknown the Universe magically rearranges itself and rises up to meet us in the most splendid way.

I'm a great believer in the idea that everything we need is already within us. So when we follow our truth - that still small voice inside - we're hardly ever off course.

I followed that truth, not really knowing where it would take me, and as if by magic the path unfolded before me in a way that was pure synchronicity.

Little did I know that the REAL magic hadn't even begun yet!

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Posted on December 30, 2017 and filed under UK.

The Seed Of An Idea

I'm doing something that totally petrifies me. I have no idea whether I can pull it off. I have no idea whether it's realistic. It's totally out of my comfort zone but I'm going for it anyway.

For a long time now I've had a seed of an idea germinating in my mind. It's been lingering there unseen, lying dormant for years. It started back in my twenties.

Now, quietly but surely, the murmur of that still small voice is beginning to stir within.

I have always had a vision of living in far-flung destinations. Travelling. Being nomadic. Adopting a more simplistic life in sunnier climes. Breathing in glorious views of tropical visas, azure seascapes and bleached powder white sands.

I've dreamed of sitting on a shaded veranda tapping away on my laptop, making a living on the move, whilst my son gets to enjoy an al fresco lifestyle in which he runs free.

I had a glimpse of this lifestyle back in 2013. My son was three. I upped sticks, hired an au pair, took my business on the road and went travelling in Thailand. I had planned to continue but somehow ended up back in the UK.

In the flash of an eye my son turned four and off he went to school. I quickly found myself in the system, in mummy mode, going through the motions and doing business and life as usual. It's been that way ever since.

Just recently that still small voice within has started to get louder. There's been an uneasy feeling that there must be more to life than this, that I'm wasting time, that inner knowing that I'm meant to DO more, BE more and SEE more of the world.

There's something in me that won't let me forget one very simple but powerful question...

"At the point of death will you be satisfied with the way you have lived?"

In the past, the answer had always been a resounding yes. However, of late there's a feeling that if don't DO something NOW the answer will soon be a resounding "No."

I abhor the idea of going through the motions.

So here I am, putting thoughts down on digital paper. The seed of an idea is coming to form. I'm waiting to see what transpires.

I've decided to document my journey. Making it my reality one deliberate word at a time, writing it as it unfolds. Taking perfectly imperfect action. Wondering, will this magical pipe-dream become my reality? Can I really do this?

This is my way of holding my feet to the fire, of making myself accountable. A very public declaration and a way of making things happen.

I've learnt over the years that this is the way I get things done, not to spend days pondering, but dive in one intentional step at a time without really knowing how it will pan out.

When you put it out there publicly, it leaves you no choice but to make shit happen.

And so it begins.

I've taken the hardest step... DECIDING.

Now there's no turning back! 

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Posted on December 2, 2017 and filed under UK.