I should probably start this post by saying… hi Mum, I’m finally updating my blog!
She’s been telling me I need to keep writing for months, and you know, Mums are always right. Almost annoyingly so.
It’s not that I haven’t been writing; I’ve turned my spilling-my-thoughts-on-the-internet into more of a personal journalling practice, which kept the creative juices flowing but left me with a distinct lack of content for this blog. It seems consistency isn’t my strong point. So here I am; back to share my musings with any of you who’ve stuck around for the last year and a bit while I went MIA.
Almost exactly a year ago, Olivia and I went travelling around South East Asia (a month in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam) before she headed back to the UK and I returned to Melbourne. Of course, I had grand plans to film everything and take a million photos and document every single thing we did – but, honestly, I had the best time being present in the moment and just enjoying the experience for what it was. So with the exception of a few Instagram shots and some dodgy GoPro footage shot by yours truly, I don’t have much to share other than anecdotes. Bad blogging 101, hey?
Despite my epiphany that I’m somewhat useless at travel blogging, I decided to come back to the Blogosphere because so much has changed since that trip – 2018/2019 has been a crucial year of growth and learning. I’m now working as a massage therapist (soon to be remedial massage therapist, in about 12 weeks… ready to take on the world one wry neck/frozen shoulder at a time) and completing studies in clinical aromatherapy as of next year. I’m in an entirely different field and direction from where I thought I’d be a few years ago, but it’s funny how the universe has ways of guiding us to the path we’re supposed to be following. Trusting my gut and staying in Australia has been the best decision I’ve made so far. And I’ve just made another big decision.
As I write this, I’m having a short solo break in Byron Bay which coincides with an interview to start yoga teacher training late next year. Byron Bay has a magical kind of energy that makes it feel like home, even when you’ve got no sense of direction and everyone here is just a stranger – so planning to embark on this next chapter of life here feels like the right choice. I’m learning to listen to my intuition and open myself up to saying ‘yes’ in the face of new opportunities.
Taking a break from the city has been a welcome change – I’ve finally had some time to slow down and switch off, away from working and studying and the everyday life admin that saps your creativity. This is also the first trip I’ve ever taken entirely on my own which has been an interesting experience for an introvert like myself, but the energy here is so infectious it’s been surprisingly easy to connect with new people… admittedly, after one evening of feeling like a total fraud who couldn’t hack it alone.
So that’s what’s been going on and an introduction to where I’ll be taking this blog in the future. I’m still a big vegan foodie but life on a student budget makes it a little tricky to recipe test as often as I’d like to… and me, being the creature of habit I am, tends to eat some variation on tofu and veggies most nights. Just keepin’ it real. So from now on, I plan to be the source for all things:
- Health + wellness
- Food + veganism
- Self development + self love
- Travel… assuming I remember to take photos on my next trip.