18 months ago I lay in the garden of the Cayman Islands home of my good friends Rob and Claire, reflecting on the fact that the first week of my break had felt more like recovery than relaxation. I hadn’t felt able to read a book or even listen to music, I just needed to empty my mind of work stress before I could even begin to enjoy my holiday, and that had taken far too long. In that moment I resolved to make changes to the way I lived my life – not necessarily changing jobs, more changing me, and seeking a more balanced approach to work and life. And what better way to approach those changes by giving myself the time and headspace to work out what matters to me the most. So here it begins…my sabbatical and my “me time”… although I have to admit that a fair part of that has been spent working out how to create this blog, and I still haven’t really worked it out so you may need to bear with me initially.
I struggled to even think of a name but as I lay outside my room last night looking at the sky, it struck me that this is what it was all about – having the time to stop and look, appreciate my surroundings – which is exactly what I did when I saw this amazing full moon.
I have no idea how, or if, this blog will work out. Its primary aim is to reassure my mother that just because I am on the other side of the world doesn’t mean I am out of touch or unsafe. I only want people to read it if they care about me and what I am doing – naysayers can log off now. Hear my voice, know my humour, share my adventure. SP x