Half-English (Dad), half-Irish (Mum), I am an ex-teacher constantly seeking new places to travel to. At the start of 2018, my life was toxic – I was unhappy in my job, embroiled in a complicated/emotionally abusive relationship, and struggling with poor health. Eventually I realised that life is too short to be that miserable and I underwent a radical detox: I left behind my old life, sold my possessions, and in June 2018 I set off round the world with an 18 KG wheelie suitcase and a heart and mind hungry for new places, people and adventures…
Welcome to my life – it’s been eventful! People have always told me I should write a book but I decided to start a blog instead 😊. By the age of 40, I experienced being brought up by an alcoholic parent, the sudden death of Mum when she was only 50 due to alcoholism, my divorce, crippling debt, bankruptcy, property repossession, Dad’s debilitating strokes (he’s now in a care home), bad relationships and in 2017 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, an incurable chronic illness. But such is life. I’m not a victim looking for sympathy; I’m always a survivor hoping to help and inspire others. I’m still standing, still smiling, determined to enjoy life come what may.
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.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Feel free to contact me with comments or travel questions. Happy to help if I can.
Take care, Lisa.