I am a nomad at heart. Before I started to travel in earnest, the longest I lived in one place or did one job was about 3 years. Not because I was bored but because I felt that there was more to life than a ‘ job for life,’ a mortgage and 2.5 children. There is nothing remotely wrong with this – it’s just not for me.
The need to challenge myself has taken me to new and diverse levels. I went back to college at 22 to learn to be personal assistant, I’ve helped run 3 companies, I chucked in a job working in conference organising all over the world to go university at 32, went back 3 years later to do a Masters and became a social worker. I’ve learned to ride a motor-bike, made and sold jewellery, renovated a house, taught myself flamenco (badly) and have travelled extensively. I’ve worked in Thailand in the aftermath of the Tsunami, travelled Asia, South America, America, Cuba, Europe, Southern Africa, Indonesia and washed up in Australia.
I love creating and get a natural high from colour and nature, which I guess puts me in the artistic bracket. I like art, photography, writing, music, crafts – basically anything that is creative. Double rainbows, the multicoloured hues of Autumn, crystal clear azure water all, sunbeams, snow falling silently lit by lamplight or conversely, a gleaming 916 Ducatti or a Jag will also do it for me (it’s the designs lines).
But best of all I love travelling, meeting people and experiencing new cultures. It constantly brings home to me how privileged I am to live in an economically thriving country. It also reminds me that there is more to life than Wii, money and possessions such as life, love, friendship, nature, and community.
Three years ago I was diagnosed with cysts in my ovaries – they thought I had ovarian cancer and whilst waiting for the operation d decided that it was about time I wrote about some of the wonderful people I have met in my life, share some of my life experiences and the amazing journeys I have been on. I was lucky the cysts were benign and three years on I have been able to continue to travel and write about my experiences. Hopefully you’ll find them entertaining. Who knows maybe there’s book in me yet!
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