Out and about

Life after travelling

I say ‘after travelling’ but I’m not actually sure three weeks counts as travelling (although, I did visit nine different places in that time so maybe it is?). I wanted to go travelling on my own so that I could clear my head, explore new things and get away from the life I was living. Basically, I needed a change. I recently read this quote from Terry Pratchett and I think it sums up why I went:

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

I wanted to write this blog post mainly to kick myself up the butt. I don’t want to get home and be the same ‘me’ that left. I want the travelling to have meant something, to have changed my attitude. I met someone who said that travelling, even for just a few days gave him ‘positive energy’ so that he could go back to work feeling refreshed. I want to use the positive energy that I know I have gained in a good way – a life-changing way. That’s the hope anyway! On this new outlook, I have compiled a list of things that, when I get home, I hope to adhere to. It’s not going to be easy but I know I will feel a whole heap better if I try and stick to them:

  1. Get up before 8 am every weekday.
  2. Do some form of exercise every day, even if it’s just a walk.
  3. Get outside every day.
  4. Go for a run, at least, three times a week, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut out sugar.
  6. Cut out carbs, in particular, rice, pasta and bread.
  7. Make a smoothie for breakfast every morning.
  8. Read a book before bed instead of reading something on my phone.
  9. Develop and stick to a skincare routine – moisturise, cleanse etc. twice a day.
  10. Write every day.
  11. Blog at least once a week.
  12. Use a diary so that you know where you’re meant to be.

As I said, it’s not going to be easy and I’m not sure how feasible it will be but I think it’s worth a try.


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