Well, 2016 has been a truly bonkers hear both personally, and professionally. I got married, adopted a rescue dog, planned a refurb on our flat, changed my career and went from freelance to….well, not freelance anymore.
And that’s not even touching on the insane rate of celebrity deaths, British exit from the EU, Chilcot enquiry results and a whole load of governmental madness.
I’m actually not even sure where that leaves me right now. I feel strange, kinda in flux. Life has changed a lot, and challenged me this year — but for the better. Working in an office wasn’t a plan I thought I wanted, but I love it.
And marriage? Well, that’s awesome. Can’t fault it, and it’s not nearly the ‘difficult first year’ I thought it would be. Having said that, I’m only five months in!
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m feeling wholeheartedly contented. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, whether Oli and I will stay in the UK or plan our own BREXIT. And I’m kinda okay with that. I’m also sort of seeing the positives of a new alliance with the commonwealth.
Imagine being able to pop over to Oz and work! The dream.
And maybe everything Leave promised is true and we will become a great nation with a thriving NHS…..okay, I’ve gone too far. Probably not gonna happen quite as they promised.
And what’s going to happen with the blog? Well, I touched upon changes that I’ve made in my monthly newsletter, which I have become INCREDIBLY rubbish at getting out. I haven’t even sent July yet, and we are already 11 days into the month.
Getting rid of affiliates I’m not happy to support.
Essentially I’ve de-monetised my blog and write purely for pleasure. There are a few caveats; I’ll take opportunities that I am keen to do through the blog, and sometimes I’ll use an affiliate link (for either Mooncup/Amazon). I don’t care as much about SEO anymore and I don’t worry about pitching for blogger trip, which I don’t really enjoy.
That being said, I have made lots of amazing friends through travel blogging, and I love catching up with them when I can. I just don’t see those nights as times to pitch and talk at people about my niche, my goals and myself in the third person.
Oli and I have made a lot of big changes in our life, but we agree on one core value, travel is our priority. So we work to live, and will always sacrifice ‘stuff’ over holidays.
We have hundreds of places we wanna visit and while the type of holiday we have may change when our circumstances change throughout life, travel won’t. Yeah, we’ll probably skip the trek to base camp if I develop some bonkers allergy to snow, but Nepal is still a viable goal.
So, for my loyal readers and new ones alike; things are changing round here and I hope you’ll stay along for the ride.