“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
Welcome to Consciously Living Blog – written by a newbie Norwich-based blogger!
I’m a newbie blogger in my early 40s, living in the fine city of Norwich.
I was brought up in Norfolk but moved away at 18, only returning to settle here five years ago – better late than never!
Having chalked up nearly 20 addresses in as many years – in the UK, France, Germany, New Zealand and Peru – I’m still getting used to this unusual feeling of permanence. But Norwich is a great place to call home.
Travel, eat, run, repeat
Good food, travel and exercise (ideally all together) have always been a big part of my life.
When I was 33, I embarked on a year-long, round-the-world solo trip with my backpack – definitely my best decision ever. I’m proud to say that I’ve visited a total of 35 countries so far. As much as I’m a fan of adventure, camping and the outdoors, a bit of luxury never goes amiss – which is to say, I love a spa hotel!
A close shave in South Africa
Shortly after moving back to Norwich, I was in a serious accident on holiday in South Africa. My appetite for far-flung travel took a dent, that’s for certain.
2014-17 were tough years for me. I wasn’t diagnosed with PTSD until nearly two years after my accident, by which time I’d given up work to save my sanity. Not a decision you take lightly when you’re self-employed.
The embryo of an idea
Having got myself back on my feet, 2017’s self-imposed trials included two cycles of (unsuccessful) fertility treatment – an experience that I shan’t be repeating.
Consciously moving on
However, 2018 was a good year. Going back to basics is so important sometimes after a hard period in your life. I just focused on making more work contacts, exercising, enjoying life a bit more, and taking regular breaks – until I feel ready to make some important changes for the next phase of my life.