But can you stick to your resolution for an entire year?


In 2017, I decided to change the way I did new years resolutions! I applied incremental changes, one month at a time in the hope that little by little, and month by month, I’d create positive habits that stuck into the rest of my year.

To make it more exciting, I turned my failures to other people’s success; for each of my failures, I gave money to a charity of my choice!

Click on the links above for funny stories about my failures and successes, useful information such as recipes (more for disaster), ideas, hints, tips, and updates on how much I have accumulated for charity each month.

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

 “Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.”  – Robert Tew
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12 Months of Simple Living

12 Months of Simple Living


As the horizon of 2017 loomed, I realised that 2016 had been a bit of a dramatic one for me to say the least and as is tradition, I was looking to make a positive change for this new year’s resolution.
As I pondered my options for my new year’s resolution I realised that, 1. There were too many things I wanted to change, and all were equally needed, and 2. The idea of committing to one of those resolutions for an entire year seemed not only daunting, but very improbable.

There is a great saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with just a single step.

We all have that friend who is an “All or Nothing” personality but personally, for me, that approach has never worked. My experience of this often ends up in a wasted gym membership and it seems at times, even more tubs of Ben and Jerry’s. Instead of setting myself an unachievable goal, I decided to make small changes a month at a time and hope that, by the end of this year, I can look back and see how far I have come.

I know I’m not perfect and I am going to fail. But most successful people embrace failure and so will I. For me this journey is very much a holistic one, as with each challenge I nurture and develop my mind, body and spirit.

Winston Churchill said “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

So, to motivate me to achieve my goals and encourage me when I inevitably fail, I am going to turn my failures into other people’s success. I will be picking a charity each month (hopefully one that correlates to my month of change) to donate money or time to should I fail at that month’s task. That way it’s a win-win all round!

Follow me on my journey as I share each of my month’s challenges. My failures, my successes and any advice in case you endeavour to do the same.
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13 Weeks of Wandering

Bangkok | Cambodia | Vietnam | Laos
New York >> Miami | Portland >> Vancouver

Let yourself feel free...


If your read April’s “Not Giving Up” posts (Part Two & Part Three), you would have seen that I will be venturing into the world of solo travel on Saturday 3rd July for 13 1/2 weeks.

I’m super excited for this new adventure and keen to share it with you all, so here’s my itinerary again in case you missed it in April’s post:

  • 3rd June fly to Bangkok
  • 5th June Tour from Bangkok through Cambodia and end up in Vietnam
  • Make my own way up Vietnam and into Laos
  • Make my own way back to Bangkok for my flight home on 15th July
  • 16th July fly to New York
  • Road trip down East Coast (via Maryland and Virginia to see family and attend a Wedding) ending in Miami!
  • 21st August fly from Miami to Portland
  • Meet Ryan!
  • Road trip up to Canada
  • 5th September fly home in time for a wedding in Scotland on 8th September

Ok, I know what you’re thinking; “How is this going to work?”, “That’s a pretty full schedule!”, “Are you actually going on your own?”, “What are you packing?”… Am I right?

All of your questions (and more) will be answered! Keep an eye out for my travel posts titled “13 Weeks of Wandering” as you follow my year’s journey.

I will also link each travel blog below as they become available so that you can revisit any you have missed.

13 Weeks of Wandering
Blog Posts

13 WoW – Destination: Heathrow
Arriving in Doha
13 WoW – Destination: Bangkok
13Wow - Bangkok
13 WoW – Bangkok


13 WoW – Destination: Cambodia


beach cambodia
13 WoW – In Cambodia
Nha Trang - vendor
13 WoW – Destination: Vietnam
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