I’m Back!

I know I’ve been missing in action for some time while I’ve been travelling this year and wanted to apologise for not updating my blog, but I’ve taken some time away from writing and filming for some much needed R&R.

 

Since last time I wrote I have been incredibly blessed to visit New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali and India! I can honestly say it was the most amazing journey I’ve ever had, and if you ever have the opportunity to travel to these places – or anywhere – grab it with both hands!

 

I threw myself off cliffs and out of planes in New Zealand; saw the most amazing landscapes, learnt to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef and met incredible creatures in Australia (and fell in love with a city – which I never thought would happen!) Myself and my friend Annie were lucky enough to go to Rachel Brathen’s yoga retreat in Koh Samui before travelling around the most idyllic spots in Thailand and having our first encounter with elephants! I had an awesome culture shock in Vietnam, where I think my ginger hair and blue eyes seemed to shock just as much! I scuba dived in Bali and saw the most beautiful turtles, and in India I saw so much my eyes are still like saucers! Everywhere I went I ate well, drank pretty well, tried to see all I could and made the most amazing friends that I’ll never forget.

 

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Since getting back to the UK the questions I’m asked most are, where did I love the most (it was all equally bloody amazing!) and what did I take away from my travels, did I accomplish what I set out to do, and what’s next?

I don’t think I had a real goal in mind when taking off – I didn’t expect to magically ‘find myself’ but I knew that it was important for me to finally take on ‘the big travel’ I had always dreamed off. I wanted to spend some time finding out what the most important things are to me, and who I really am when it’s just me. For example, my family keep laughing at me each time I use the  phrase, ‘1st World Problems!’, but coming back home you see how much people let stress effect their lives, and over the really small stuff! Some of the happiest most fulfilled people were the ones with very little and it made me realise that anything we perceive as a problem or struggle is nothing compared to the way some people live. Traffic, technology, that rude person in the queue, aren’t things to get upset over. Everyone needs to have a bit more patience and compassion in their daily lives – myself included!

 

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So what’s next for me? Well it’s the million dollar question I’d love to know the answer to! I loved travelling and even through all the trials that come with it; repacking your bag a million times; airports; visas; bunk beds; weakened immune system, I still loved every second. For me, there will always be ‘the next big adventure’ and travelling just feels part of that adventure. I’d love to go back and spend longer in Australia, and I’m sure that is something that will happen – but for now I’m going to focus on the present and what I want to do here and now.

 

I missed my yoga so much while I was away. After the intense 2 months studying at Strala in New York it felt good to give my mind and body a rest, but it is raring to go now! I’m hoping to start yoga classes very shortly, so watch this space! My pledge to you, is that my blogs will be more frequent and I have decided that I will be uploading a new yoga video to my website each week, so we can both get this yoga train riding again!

 

I look forward to hearing from you all soon, and getting back on the mat!