I’m a traveller, a thinker and an explorer of all things inside and out.
In the space of one year I had my heart broken, was violently attacked in an attempted rape and then suddenly lost my father. It was a difficult year. After experiencing these traumas I was left with very painful emotions to deal with such as anger, severe anxiety and depression (to name a few) that led to aggression, insomnia, negative thought patterns and panic attacks. These feelings had a massive impact on my behaviour and because of the shame I associated with these negative feelings I started to avoid many social situations, ultimately comprising the nomadic life I’d become accustomed to.
In order to get my confidence back and resume my explorative lifestyle I decided to approach these traumas like all my other life challenges – with curiosity, determination and the knowledge that the lessons would be worth the pain. I am, and will be forever learning, but with the self awareness I’ve practiced through mindfulness, and the critical thinking I’ve learnt from science it’s given me the ability to step out of my emotions and process my traumas with strength and compassion.
This blog is a sharing of the lessons I’ve learnt along with way. Complete with quirky sketches based on metaphors that I use to describe emotional situations. It’s also got reviews of mind-body-soul therapies that I’ve tried so you can read up and see whether you want to try them for yourself too. Since working hard to process all these difficult events, I’ve managed to step away from the stories which once anchored me down and I’m now back to working and travelling full time. In January 2017 I published my first book The Backpackers Natural Beauty Book and I spend most of my time in Europe running make-your-own natural beauty product workshops, as well as working remotely for a Sustainability Charity. I still write and I have another book currently with publishers; In Search of Compassion, a book of short stories which takes the reader through a journey of situations that give perspective on human behaviour and the necessity to have compassion during the most challenging times.
I live for new experiences. I’m a big reader and I try not to take life too seriously. But I also don’t beat around the bush or stand for any kind of bullsh*t. This might not be the most politically correct blog you’ve ever read but hopefully, it provokes some thought or at least makes you smile. Enjoy!