1st October: new month and ever more determined to succeed

Right. This has to be it. A new start. Something I need to do. I’ve spent the past few months wallowing in self pity, bad food & alcohol (and lots of both!), working lots of overtime and not really taking control. I’ve not been happy and have put on weight. 

Only 7 months to go until I leave and I want to be prepared for it both mentally and physically, which means being focused on looking ahead and organising myself. I need to have the discipline to do it and I know I’m capable. So no more of the ‘fingers crossed I nope this works this time’ attitude. Staying strong and realising it’s ok to say ‘NO’ is key. 

I’ve been really looking into re doing my bathrooms in my flat. Something I’ve been putting off for a while and I need to get done so I can rent it out whilst I’m away. I will get on my bike tomorrow afternoon and do a few laps of Richmond Park before work which I used to really enjoy doing. The weather looks good. Progress already! 

Researching the route…for a year abroad!

I should probably mention that I am planning on taking a career break and travel the world for a year when I turn 30! And yes, doing it entirely on my own. It’s a bit daunting, and I have no doubt that I have terrified the life out of my parents, but it’s something that needs to be done before an opportunity is missed.

I’m having great fun researching trips with STA. I went in and had a chat to one of the ‘Travel Experts’ the other week about a possible route.

Good news! It is all possible.

So at the moment it is:

London
Peru
Bolivia
Mexico
Los Angeles – could go to San Francisco/Las Vegas
Tokyo
Beijing
Hong Kong
Thailand
Vietnam
Cambodia
Burma
Nepal
India
South Africa (possibly going into Namibia and Botswana)
Back to London

I was thinking about doing a bit of volunteering in Thailand with Elephant conservation – I’ve always been a bit of an elephant fan since I went out to South Africa a few years ago. Has anyone done this?

I was advised to do tours in Burma and India and have liked the idea of these:

Burma on a shoestring

India on a shoestring

Has anyone done these or can anyone recommend other places to go along my route?

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Well…here I am…

So here I sit writing my first post on my blog. I’ve dabbled in the world of Twitter, but found that I didn’t know what to say…and even more so, in just 140 characters. I’ve read that this is planning on getting reviewed (http://recode.net/2015/09/29/twitter-plans-to-go-beyond-its-140-character-limit/), but maybe this would no longer make Twitter as unique?

I’m not totally sure what my main goal to get out of blog writing is. But a few ideas:

  • To reawaken some creativity
  • To be able to confide in something or someone that wasn’t anyone I knew
  • To find myself whilst I go through a period of my life where things are changing

I also wanted to be able to express myself without any name or face to be attributed to me. I don’t know how well I will do at this complete anonymity thing but I’ll give it a go! It’s a bit exciting to be secret without being secret, if you know what I mean? A private person in a public place…..

So that means obviously avoiding the connection to Facebook and Twitter….obviously….