“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 Cathy, a newbie blogger in my early 40s. I live in Eaton, 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!
Striving for work-life balance
My day job is public relations (so let’s hope I can publicise my own blog!)
I took an entrepreneurial route early on, co-founding a small PR agency in London in my early 20s and later turning freelance. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved, the jobs I’ve created and the careers I’ve helped to mould. Self-assurance and self-reliance are qualities I tend to take for granted, and they’ve served me well professionally.
I love the flexibility and relative freedom of the freelance life, but it does comes with its wellbeing challenges.
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.