I have a rule that I must shower before I am allowed to eat lunch. I work at my dining room table, framed by the front window, and on the rare occasion that there is sunshine in London it streams straight onto my left side, tanning one arm and making me smell lightly cooked. Often it reaches 11 or 12 o’clock and I realise that I have been so engrossed in work I’ve forgotten to get dressed. I’m pretty sure I pong.
This is what I do when I am not travelling. I work long, smelly hours, in partial dress, eating jacket potatoes and baked beans. These days are not unlike my student ones, back when I was a geeky bachelor of law, in student halls not far from my current home. This is how I spend about 80% of every month.
Up until now, I’ve tried to keep these pungent parts of myself away from this blog. When, at the end of last year, I decided to quit my full time job in social media marketing to pursue a freelance career, I set up a separate site to talk about the stuff I do when I’m not travelling. I figured you dear readers would not want to read my pleas for paid work or the analysis of my latest project. But looking back over my posts from the past few months (where a combination of visiting rellies in Oz, my sister’s wedding in Cuba and some very lucky opportunities to take part in blogathons in Barbados and beyond, meant my travel has intensified) I think I may have accidentally given off the wrong impression. So in the interest of honesty and full disclosure, I hereby admit to spending too much time in PJs. My life, alas, is not all self-indulgent spas and flying business class. In fact, more often than not, it literally stinks!
It’s been an interesting couple of months. Adjusting to an unstable income has been tough for a self-confessed high maintenance girl like myself. I’ve had to hone skills like pitching myself as well as proposals, I’m a part-time debt collector constantly chasing payments (not pavements – that was Adele) and I’ve had to face my fear of public speaking for the sake of making a living.
I’m also thinking a lot about the future. After 3 ½ years I am rapidly approaching the end of my challenge to blog around 40 different countries. I’m thinking hard about where I want to end up and where I want to go next – both literally and figuratively.
I’ve also been thinking about you readers (about time too, I hear you say.) I’ve whittled on for all these years about my travels and my personal challenges but I would like to know more about yours. What travel ambitions and wishes have you set yourself, or have maybe achieved, up to this point? I’m working on some ways I can help you achieve these things. I am also working towards giving a voice to others on this site (Lord knows you must be sick of mine by now).
Thanks so much for following the journey so far. I’ve really appreciated you joining me for the ride and look forward to the next leg together.