Ok, so I'm not going to a beach...yet. You might remember that on 2 January 2015 I published a blog all about my journey building a new life for myself and launching my inspiration project, Dance with a Muse. When I'd suffered from a lack of inspiration for myself, I wanted to surround myself with it and share it with others.
At about the same time I set out a list of things I wanted to achieve this year. One of the most important things on that list was that I wanted to travel to 3 different countries this year (ideally). I've travelled to the USA before and enjoyed it, but I've never been to any other country. The same friend who inspired me to move to London suggested going to a non-English speaking country to experience a more different culture. So I'm spending a long weekend in Paris over midsummer. Right now I have that nagging sense that I'm missing things I should be dealing with, the same nervous sense that we all have I guess. This is a big deal to me, not just because I've never been to a non-English speaking country before, but because I haven't left the country at all since 2001, and I haven't had any kind of getaway since the end of 2012. For a long time in my life, such a journey was a pipe dream. There are so many places I want to see, but this is a fantastic start.
I want to share this not just because I'm happy at beginning a great, new adventure, but as a reminder that we can all challenge our boundaries. All too often we tell ourselves we can't do things and it's just the fear speaking. It's ok to be afraid, but to let that determine what we do is a crippling surrender. I know, I surrendered too. But no more, there's a life to be led for all of us. They'll take work and willpower to achieve, and to reap the rewards of, but we can do it. When we do, we need to pat ourselves on the back. This journey is a present to myself for doing just that, for enduring the challenge to start a new life, for all the work it's taken, and for not surrendering.