Firstly, thank you for heading over!
Yogic Wanderlust is a blog based on my journey travelling through the world, whilst practising yogic mindfulness.
I was previously working in an optical managerial role which took me all over the city of London for the last part of my working life, from my late teens to late twenties. Alongside that I was working for myself as a makeup artist on the side of my full-time job. At the end of 2015 I found myself over-worked, and had to beg my boss for a week off as I had not been able to take any leave that year. On the first day of this ‘vacation’ week off, I got hit by a car and broke my right leg and was unable to go back to work for over 4 months. It seemed to have been a sign from the universe that I just needed to STOP.
In this time I ended up missing a vacation I was due to go on with my best friends to Thailand. I had major FOMO (fear of missing out) at the time.. not to mention the manic depression bouts this time had caused me for a while. I mean being unable to walk was one thing, but being unable to do most things for myself sucked even more (not to mention those darn crutches). I managed to find Yoga as my release to help reduce my leg pain, manage my emotions and speed up my recovery. And yes at the start I was doing it ‘one-legged’ and had found a simple youtube video to help me get started!
In this time I also visualised a life where I didn’t need to undergo so much stress and push myself so hard due to my ongoing closet anxiety. (I had experienced this since failing my exams at university 10 years prior, leading me to get kicked out.) I started to dream of a life worth living, for MYSELF, doing what I want, what I love, and doing so whilst travelling the world on my own terms.
In this time, I learnt a LOT about mindfulness, meditation, yoga, holistic living, manifestation, minimalism and lots more. I then made a decision. I made a plan of action and 16 months after recovery (yes I hesitated), I began to take charge of my own life by quitting my job and going travelling around Europe. This path has truly been (third) eye-opening 😉 and I can’t wait to share all that I have learnt along the way.
So here I am 2 years and 9 months after my ‘life-altering’ accident, now living the life of my dreams, with purpose and intent, the mindful way, all whilst travelling the world (just as I envisioned). I have since travelled to 14 countries in the last 12 months and I am here to share my journey and what I’ve learnt along the way with anyone interested!