#JustDoIt

I’ve been told that I try to do everything now, that I need to slow down, and to hold off things until I’m older. But what I’ve always thought was…

‘What if I don’t get any older?

People try to save money all their life, intending to use it when they’re retired, then they find they’re not as nimble as they once were and can’t visit places they’ve been waiting to go to all their life.

Then there are the ‘off-putters’. The ones who say that now isn’t quite the right time for them. They may be waiting on a raise at work, or trying to raise a family. Either way they feel that whilst they’re doing one of those things, they can’t do much else. These people will never find the right time.

I was one of those people, and it was while I was walking around The Forum in Rome that I realised my mother was already at a point in her life where some traverses may be too difficult for her. As I scaled hills and hopped over relics in the sweltering heat, I could imagine my mother asking for a coffee break whilst trying to find a nice shady tree. She’s been retired for nine years, and in that time has taken every opportunity to travel. Most destinations aren’t too laborious, but she now has her sights set on Machu Picchu, a tricky place to:

a) Get to

b) Breathe at

I’m a firm believer that you can do anything if you set your mind to it. I’m also a firm believer of thinking outside of the box, and when people tell me you can’t just go off travelling the world after spending so many years forging a career path, I say yes you can! It’s difficult, and it certainly takes guts, but if it builds you more as a person, then it’s worthwhile.

A Further Purge – Furniture and the fish

Moving out of our home which my boyfriend and I had created for ourselves over the past two years, was difficult emotionally, but physically I didn’t want us to be pulling about items that we’d never need in a future home. So out went the unwanted cutlery, and off went the excess sheets and towels to our nearest clothing bank.

As for furniture, we went around the house and made a list of all the items we’d happily give away. There are loads of places online; Gumtree, or freecycle, where you can post a listing of all your unwanted items and give an end date for when you’d like it gone by. Another way, and the only one we needed to use in the end, was sending an email out at work. You’ll often find that a lot of people like junk! Within minutes of the email going out we’d already managed to get rid of the bookcases, speaker set, and even an old electronic drum kit. Our other option was good old Facebook, where I posted the status ‘Fish and their tank free to a good home!’ and we managed to get a friend of a friend of a FRIEND to come round and collect them one evening after work.

Finally, we were done. My life was purged. But it will start all over again in the last week before I set off for Oz!

The Career of Your Lifetime

Last night I went out for some drinks with old work colleagues. I hadn’t seen them since I’d ‘come out’ with my plans to travel around Australia, and they were intrigued as to what had made me up and leave. They’d always known me as a hard worker, always striving for the next level up in my career. For me to be leaving it so suddenly seemed quite unlike me, and they were concerned as to what I was going to do in the future.

I explained to them briefly what I’d come to realise over the past few years. London is a stressful environment, and where some people thrive on that kind of atmosphere, some can’t hack it. Being from the countryside, I never could quite sink my teeth into the London life, and ended up taking some time off of work towards the end of 2013. Since then I’ve had to view work differently, a little less passionately, and I’ve distanced myself from getting wound up with emails from clients. Everyone must realise at points in their lives that work pays the bills but shouldn’t be all you have time for. We all live this one life, and none of us know how long we’ve got. Although a grim realisation, we shouldn’t take it as such, but more embrace it. LIVE YOUR LIFE. It’s as simple as that.

I believe I’ve spent my entire life trying to be content but ever-reaching. I don’t think humans can truly feel completely content – otherwise what are they living for? My boyfriend is actually one of those people who says that he’s content with his life. Of course he’s still striving for the next step up on the career ladder, and he’s still saving up to move into a better place. So really, he’s not fully content. To me, to be truly content, you would need to feel like you’re comfortably living, you love and are loved back, and that you’re happy with the way you make money to survive.

I never used to think this way, and it’s only in the last year or so that I feel I’ve expanded my mind on work choices, which has opened up new horizons.  Our fathers are from a generation who worked their shifts to make the money for their families. We now live in a world where you can learn as much as you want from birth with the power of the internet. Having grown up in the last generation before the internet, some careers weren’t open to me as I didn’t know about them until it was too late. In opening up my views to a new way of working, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to do the 9 to 5; or in most cases the 8 ‘til 8.

From dropping my current life I have in London, giving up my career I’ve been building for the last 8 years, I’ve begun learning about the new ways in which people are earning a living without a set timetable. Whether it be by creating your own online business, or writing blogs or reviews, there are so many new paths you can take, with no specified location. The most important thing is that you have enough Wi-Fi signal.

My research into a new way of living began with a scriptwriting course my boyfriend had bought me for Christmas. In January I attended the course once a week and I learnt that the tutor had found a way of making money by reading and reporting on people’s scripts. All he’d done to get this ‘job’ was read a book called ‘Reading for a living’ by T.L.Katahn, and got to know enough people in the industry to be given their scripts for review. After being told about this book I immediately went online and bought it from Amazon. Yes it’s quite old now, but you can certainly still learn from it.

From reading this book, I started to wonder what other jobs there would be out there that I could take on from any location whilst I was travelling around Oz. I looked into digital nomads and the types of jobs people are taking. Having no qualifications in programming or coding, my options are currently limited, but that doesn’t deter me!

There are free online courses in coding, and introductory courses into just about anything. The information is all there if you know how to find it. Over the next few months I intend to learn about different areas I could get into. I’ve bought ‘The 4 hour week’ and ‘The happiness of pursuit’, and will keep you updated on how I get on.