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Half-English/half-Irish, I am an ex-teacher constantly seeking new places to travel to. At the start of 2018, my life was rubbish – I was unhappy in my job, my relationship, and struggling with poor health after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic medical condition. Life felt like a daily battle until I had an epiphany. I underwent a radical detox, leaving behind my old life, selling my possessions. In June 2018 I set off round the world with a heart and mind hungry for new places, people and adventures…
The catalyst for the life change was having to leave my teaching job in Dubai in 2018 because I wrote a controversial blog post exposing my ex’s abuse of power and emotional abuse. After I left, all I wanted was a conversation to agree a fair resolution and an apology. That’s all it would have taken for me to ‘shut up and go away’ (like a blog commenter once told me to). I never got either. If speaking out about what happened to me means I’ve ensured he doesn’t do it again to another woman, then all the shit I’ve taken will have been worth it. The attempt to silence and scapegoat me backfired, causing further pain for all concerned. I’ve made apologies to those who merited them. I’ve accepted that I will never receive the apologies I deserve for being abused, lied to, manipulated, intimidated and villainised for telling the truth. No one is above accountability and everyone has to take responsibility for their actions. I’ve made my peace and sincerely call a truce.
Travelling teaches you that there are always people worse off than you and that everyone is just doing their best to live a decent life. Regardless of geography and cultural differences, we all want the same things: to be safe, secure, loved, respected and happy.
The paper crane, my logo, is a symbol of peace, hope and survival. When I visited Hiroshima in 2017, I was profoundly moved by the story of Sadako Sasaki who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped. Years later, she developed leukemia and whilst in hospital, she made it her goal to fold 1,000 paper cranes. She died aged 12, but her legacy endures and people all around the world continue to send folded paper cranes to Hiroshima to hang at the Children’s Peace Monument. The colourful strings of cranes are a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s need to connect and how we are all stronger and happier when positively united together.
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