Hi beautiful readers,
I know it’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog. With my Kilimanjaro trek to train for I had to prioritise that over everything else including my writing. I have really missed it but I’m glad I made the choices that I did at the time because it kept me safe and got me through the 7 days I spent on the mountain. The climb was by far the hardest thing I have ever done but also one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was filled with many highs as well as many lows, and it’s something I will always remember. When I look back at it all, I do wonder how I did any of it. The trek (and even the training itself) was a huge metaphor for what my life has been like and what I have overcome over the years.
Now that I’m back from Africa, I face a lot of uncertainties. I’m going through something I don’t understand and perhaps may never fully understand. It’s taken a lot of courage to make the choices I’ve made and live my life in a different way. However, it’s definitely a way that’s more positive and more in line with who I am today.
It wasn’t until I flew back to the UK after the trek, I realised how much of a toll my commitment to Kilimanjaro hasn’t taken on me both physically and emotionally. It took over my whole life for such a long time and there was no room for anything else, but in saying this, I wouldn’t change a single thing. It was a great learning experience and I saw the most beautiful views along the way. I was literally on top of the world and seen things some people may never see in their lifetimes. It was worth the hard work and effort and I think that’s true for anything in life. I believe that if you really want something then you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve that dream. And when things seem hopeless and you face challenge upon challenge, then that’s the crucial point to keep going for its right before the miracle happens.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog lately and I have made a decision to step back from it for a while. It wasn’t one I expected to make after the trek but it’s the right choice for me right now. This includes a break from all social media too. I’ve gone through some radical changes in the last few years so I feel I need time to take it all in and just be. I don’t know what comes next. As usual life can be quite mysterious but sometimes in order to move forwards, a step back is necessary.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious”
Whether I will continue with this blog after my break is still yet to be decided. I’m in no rush and I’m going to give myself time to readjust (however long that may be). In the meantime, I will be working on some creative ideas and concepts that have been on my mind for a while. It may possibly take the place of this blog so watch this space! I will also be writing again but just for myself for a while.
Thank you very much to you all for supporting my journey on this blog. I am so grateful for the love you have shown me. I wanted to leave you with a few photos of me from my Kilimanjaro trek below.
On the top of Africa on 9th August 2014
Reaching the summit on 9th August 2014
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Lots of love as always,