1 August 2017

What's next now I'm back from travelling?

Do you know what sucks? Coming home from a holiday and thinking that's how I should be spending my life. Making childhood dreams of becoming a great explorer, discovering new and far destinations. From the bottom of my heart, that is the life. But do you know what sucks more? Getting the chance to explore and travel but having to come home at the end of it all...


That sounds incredibly selfish of me, after all, I did get the chance to travel. I wholeheartedly understand that in that sense I am one of the lucky ones. But even so, I reckon, even the biggest of home-bodies would struggle to give up a life of wander for something more structured. Or maybe they wouldn't. Maybe that's just me.

At the end of the day, though, coming home sucked. And being at home sucks too. I love more than anything my friends that make me laugh so much I cry and I missed them tenfold whilst I was away.  I also love the puppy and without her, I don't think getting out of bed to battle the pile of job applications I have facing me would be worth it. But I'm not going to lie and say I had a fantastic time but it's great to be home eating healthier food and working a better sleep pattern. I mean, those things are great but it I've learnt a lot about myself these last 4 months. The main thing being, I love to be outside, exploring new places.




But what's next?


First thing's first, I've got to find a job. Travelling was beyond amazing (I know I keep saying that, sorry!) but I am officially broke. Like, actually officially, signed onto benefits and everything. So if you know anyone who's hiring, I'm an incredibly hard-working Arts Graduate with a passion for photography and design. Haha. You've got to tell everyone and anyone you're looking for work, that's what the lady at the job centre told me! So tell your friends, your parents and your parent's friends that this talented gal over here is on the hunt for some £££. 😜

Next up, I want to get a camper. That's right, you heard it. This 'never once been camping, can I bring my straighteners' girl wants to purchase a campervan! I know, I know there's a difference to camping in a tent to in a van with heating and electricity, but I bloody loved it whilst in Iceland.

So, once I have a salary and a few £K in savings, I want to get a camper van. I want to travel more, but I think I want to do lots of little vacay's and long road-trips rather than round the world adventures. I've seen a lot of Asia and only very little of Europe. Even less of the U.K., percentile I want to spend the next year or two adventuring my home ground with staycations-a-plenty.



Light the fire to my own business. As you get older, dreams fade and change into new ones. But there's one that I've had since school, that still shines as bright on my bucket-list as it did when I was 15. I've always wanted to be my own boss. Whilst the ways I was going to make that happen have changed the underlining dream stayed the same.

If you frequented my corner of the internet in the earlier months of this year, you'll know I'd been talking a lot about opening an online shop. I'm one of the percentiles of people who make the most out of the right side of my brain. I love letting my idea's and fingertips run wild with some scissors and glue or with a mouse and Photoshop on the go.

But Finally...


I love blogging. Aside from the puppy (and Taylor Swift) it's one of those things that can help me escape into the world of fearless where anxiety and world troubles don't exist. And, whilst I was away, I had a lot of time think over the future of my blog. What I wanted, where it could go, why I was doing it and where did I fit in to all the masses of incredible bloggers around me (that was a major one!)

Being home sucks and it took a while for me to get over the post-travel blues and find motivation again. But I think I've found it and I'm so excited to share this new book with you. Quite literally. Well maybe not literally, but you get the idea.

I'm going to talk a little less about beauty on here (not never, but just a little less) and more about life. I want to tell you all about my amazing adventures which is something you told me you want to hear about too. I also want to explain more about where I decided I fit in in this insane, crazy, fun community of bloggers, vloggers and online bosses. And where you do too... But more on that in a week or so...

I guess that's that. So much has changed in 4 months. I feel like I talk about my goals and dreams a lot on here but I think it's important to keep you in the loop. I love reading fashion posts and wanderlust infused content but I love it more when I know the individual behind the words. So that's what this is.

But tell me, what's next for you? Summer has just started (that's crazy because I feel like mines just ended!) what's your plan for the next 2 months? What changes are you making? What plans are on the horizon for you? I'd love to know.

Love always,
Melissa


P.S. Fancy knowing what's I'm wearing...

I spent so much time watching endless Primark Haul's on YouTube whilst I was away. It was torture but pure joy at the same time. Not being able to shop for four months was possibly the biggest downside to travelling. But living my shopping desires vicariously through the people of YouTube made 10x better. Anyway, this striped Bardot top was from Primark, I forget the price but all you have to remember is I'm broke and it's Primark, so let's be honest, it wasn't expensive!

My jeans are crazy old, but they're the ripped Joni's from Topshop. My belt, also primark. My shoes, which are the cutest white espadrills with a black overlay on the toes (you can't see them so you'll have to take my word for it!) are also from Primark. And my sunnies are from a knock-off market place in Bali. You'll probably find some similar in Primark too!

And the accessories. My watch is one of the many beauties by Olivia Burton and my choker is from Urban Outfitters.

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  1. Oh gurl let me just say, this post is literally me. I came back from 5 months of travel in April and it actually sucks. I still can't sleep properly because I can't get back into home. Travel is so exciting, so to come back home and be broke as hell and struggling to get a job is the worst. Yes, I'm very thankful that I got to travel, but I saved for over a year, and it was so good to have something to work towards. Hope you find a career soon that will see you more settled.

    Best wishes, Vanessa from www.wanderness.co.uk

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    1. Hi Vanessa!

      It's so reassuring to know that I'm not alone in this battle to find 'normality' again. I totally understand the sleep issue, I constantly feel exhausted at the moment even after a full nights sleep, I can't blame it on the jet lag anymore! Fingers crossed things level out soon. Thank you so much for visiting!

      - M

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  2. How is your post travel blues now? Fingers crossed for finding a job that will let you buy a camper van. Obviously you have no excuse not to visit me then ;) Love, Iga www.igaberry.com

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