On saying ‘yes’ to…oh just a LIFE CHANGE!

Remember how I started to say ‘yes’ to life? Well, I may have gotten a little carried away and decided to say yes to quitting my job and travelling the world!

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Deciding to pack up my desk and spend life on a beach for a year might seem like the easiest decision in the world to make, but ducking out on a great and more importantly safe career, well that’s just crazy isn’t it?

I mean, to go from living at home with my family, a ten minute drive from work and my best friends, twice weekly date nights with the boy and a familiar face at every corner of my little world, to the other side of the big wide world, where everything will be different, is madness right?

At first I definitely thought so.

But you see, now that this is ACTUALLY HAPPENING, I’m beginning to wonder if it would be even crazier for me to stay exactly where I am.

Whilst I do love a routine – work, gym, friends, shopping, date night, drinks, staying in with a good book, repeat – I also love to be spontaneous, to meet new people, to be curious about the world, to do as little as possible for hours on end, to try new things and to be completely inspired, but my lovely little routine just has this habit of getting in the way.

So I’ve just gone and said ‘yes, go on then!’, and now me and the boyf will be heading for hot springs in New Zealand and island hopping in Fiji, for a cruise along the Australian coast without a single routine in sight. Sure, we’ll be in a tiny hot campervan for a while, just the two of us, every day, on a budget, where there’s snakes and spiders and scariest of all a suitcase for a wardrobe (OK, can I change my mind now?) But the thought of doing something I never thought I would or could? Well to put it lightly, I’m so excited I could bloody pop!

I know it’s not for everyone, HELL it might not be for me, but I’ll never know unless I give it a try. That’s why in 60 days from now (nope, not counting) I’ll be jumping on a plane for a big adventure down under, and hey, maybe even out of one too! (Sorry Mum.)

And, apart from the time I turned up to a hotel and I’d actually booked it for the previous night, oh and the one where I left my suitcase on a train and had to buy face wipes, pants and a toothbrush from the station, oh and that time in Paris where the tube doors shut on me before I could leap on to my friends and I had to wait for them to come back and get me, yeah, apart from those things, I’m all set for travel!

10 bikinis - that's enough, right?

10 bikinis – that’s enough, right?

Any words of support would be greatly appreciated – I’m sure you’ll agree I’m going to need them!

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Becoming ‘YES’ girl – 30 new things for 2013

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This year has been one for lots of new things in my life.

I’ve changed, I’ve grown and I’ve become a lot happier as I’ve tried my best to constantly challenge and push myself  – I have accomplished things I’d never dreamt of and have  had a year full of great experiences and all because I’ve started saying ‘yes’ more.

I’ve started to believe in myself and it’s been really rewarding.

I may not have been bungee jumping or skydiving or white water rafting (yet), but I’ve made a start in realising that just saying ‘yes’ to a few more opportunities, and opening my mind to different things, has had a really positive effect on my whole life.

Here are my top 30 ‘yes’ moments of the year (so far…):

1. Became someone’s first love ❤ (Thought I’d get the soppy one out of the way)

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2. Got a promotion. My first ever.

3. Ran 10K

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4. Ran 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K, 6K, 7K, 8K & 9K – they were all new distances to be honest!

5. Travelled to Thailand (what an experience this was!)

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6. Travelled to Dubai

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7, Rode a camel

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8. Rode an elephant

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9. Held a monkey

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10. Went tubing down the river

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11. Went sand dune bashing in the desert

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12. Joined a running club

13. Completed a wolf run

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14.Helped raise over £6,000 for charity

15. Travelled to Dublin

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16. Auditioned for a drama group

17, Joined a drama group

18. Won a team voted award for ‘Most Positive Outlook’

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19. Escorted a Magazine Editor on a tour of the company I work for

20. Travelled on a long haul flight

21. Got a real tan   Oh no, sorry, that definitely didn’t happen!

21. Drove through London City Centre and survived

22. Travelled on an overnight train

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23. Attended the filming of a TV advert

24. Read a whole book in 24 hours

25. Had a henna tattoo

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26. Swam through a lake with my clothes and trainers on

27. Thought about the concept of being with one person forever as perhaps not the most terrifying thing in the world – for a teeny tiny millisecond anyway

28. Attended the wedding of a close friend

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29. Made plans for longer into the future than a month

30. And of course…started a blog!

This is just the start of my ‘bucket’ list – I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

Because, after all, life is too short to say no.