You may have noticed a few tumbleweeds around here.
The truth is that I haven’t had anything appropriate to write.
I really don’t know what appropriate is anymore. It started as one challenge, then became another challenge and another and another. Some of these challenges succeeded, some failed, and some took me around the world.
And now I have this dilemma because the whole “in 12 months” thing is a past-based thing. It was life changing and now my life is changed. I have changed. I have grown. And this feels like the past.
I am a passionate social entrepreneur. I am a collector of shiny projects. I am a compulsive creative. I am a human.
Since starting this blog in 2009 I/we have…
- Created this blog
- Written and launched the book How to Retire in 12 Months – which is now a best seller and published in 3 languages
- Created the website resource Grassroots Internet Strategy
- Lost my beloved brother
- Travelled for 4 years through 26 countries
- Created the website Five Point Five and filmed 29 inspiring documentaries in some of the most remote and difficult places/situations on earth
- Volunteered in many of these places
- Started (and lost interest in) a new income challenge
- Written and launched the How to Succeed in 12 Months book
- Built and maintained websites for many clients
- Ran several Website Launchpad courses teaching people how to build a website and community online
- Started (and put on hold) an art based membership
- Created promotional and review videos for hotels, tours and cruises, music festivals, authors, travel products and more
- Spent 4 years developing the concept of an altruistic, educational project for kids
- Spent hundreds of hours coaching my small business clients
- Decided to live as vegetarians
- Visited incredible ancient ruins in Asia and throughout Latin America
- Helped loads of people with website start up, and strategy
- Written 20% of a dark novel
- Attempted to learn Spanish
- Scuba dived in many places I have dreamed of
- Self-studied natural health, the environment, cooking, politics and social systems
- Developed more than 20 book ideas that I will pursue one day
- Reconnected with my family in Malaysia and discovered my family history
- Lost John’s beloved brother in law
- Rediscovered jewellery making, drawing and painting
- Spent 2 months in bed dealing with grief, depression and overwhelm at the problems of this world (and the Irish winter)
- Connected dozens of volunteers and fundraisers with the charities we have visited
- Discovered a love for meditation retreats, hot yoga, and acrobatics
We have launched an educational, social enterprise called Travel Kids Club.
Meanwhile John has also been maintaining his website Sober Paddy, and wrote, launched and won awards for his autobiography Dub Sub Confidential and has delivered inspiring presentations to over 6000 students and adults already this year about mental health.
While we are in Dublin he has gone to his old club to coach young goal keepers and now has a sports column.
It seems like a lot when I write this all in one place.
What does this mean for 2016?
The reality is that the How to Retire in 12 Months challenge has changed me… a lot. I thought this was a simple challenge to change my lifestyle, and it changed my lifestyle in an amazing and wonderful way. But when all is said and done, the biggest change is in me. A total life change.
I am not the same person that first declared this project. I have since discovered life and death. Extremes of happiness and sadness. Extremes of love, abundance and great loss. Extremes of compassion.
And now, this blog which used to be my personal blog doesn’t fit me any more. It is too one-dimensional. Too limited. So I am considering an identity change! I thought the last identity change would last me for 10 years at least but this wasn’t the case. It would seem I move too quickly for 10 year plans.
Today I realised that I don’t have to try and fit into the old blog, I can bring the old blog into the new me. The more compassionate, passionate, vulnerable, emotional, activist me. The dark me. The gentle me. The creative me. The humanitarian me. The angry me.
What’s next with this life change?
Well, I haven’t worked out the finer details. But this is the first step. The announcement of something new that will possibly, maybe, eventually happen!
A new shiny project to add to my shiny list of shiny things I want to be and do like hot air ballooning, creating an eco village, diving with whale sharks, converting a bus, meditating, writing a million new books and giving kids the confidence to change the world.
But it’s just an item on a list because my total focus right now is on launching Travel Kids Club, so please share the website or the video with the socially conscious parents and grandparents in your life!! Seriously!! Because I am going to go a little nuts if we don’t launch soon.
If you have read this far thank you! You may have been here since the beginning or you may have just stumbled on this blog with a furrow in your brow. You may be thinking what a load of crap from this navel gazing idiot!
I wouldn’t be anywhere near as inclined to do as much ranting, writing and navel gazing if it wasn’t for you, so thank you for bearing witness to the birth of Serena 3.6.
I think I need to eat something.