I write from my heart and am maybe too honest at times but that’s just who I am. I hope to inspire new thoughts by my blog posts and pages, inspire people to look after their mind as well as just pysical fitness. I also hope to encourage a sense of adventure in others via my my travel blog. I am very passionate about promoting compassion and kindness…check out my deed of the day page…you may make someone smile and help them in a way beyond what you expect.
I am an Events Manager by trade, starting my career in the Harrods Events Team, where I worked for a number of years. My greatest passion is travelling, I have travelled to over 44 countries. When I was 16, I saved as much as I could from my part time job to buy a round the world ticket when I was 18 and left for a while… much to the upset of my parents. I travel not to escape life but so life doesn’t escape me! I encourage you to do the same.
I however had to learn the art of coping with CFS/ME off the back of Glangdular fever aged 29…probably gained from kissing some frogs, before finding my prince! Gaining an illness many don’t understand or even believe to be real, despite recent groundbreaking confirmations in science was hard! About CFS, Science Breakthroughs & The Movie Unrest
Losing my London life, flat and stepping temporarily from the career I had built, being temporarily bedbound in the first months was an extremely hard experience but also a very liberating one! I now finally feel, inspite of everything, more drive, inspired and appreciate things more. I strive to not solely live the illness label but continue to experience, explore and connect with others and everything around me where possible. You will get an idea of this from my travel adventures and visual memory pages. I look at my life as a new chapter to start. It is exciting, not depressing to me as it was at the early stages. I hope to inspire people going through challenges to do the same.
This is very hard to admit and share for fear of the negative judgement, as well as the impact it may have of my life…I worry it may stunt my opportunities. I type it, I delete it…multiple times…I decide to be brave and share it. I have always been a big advocate in supporting end the stigma campaigns etc posting social media posts on mental health awareness… Despite this, I kept my mental health issues and the reality of my m.e/cfs illness a secret ironically. I wish to share and be open, not for any sympathy but in an aim to help break the stigma mental health and M.E/CFS has as well as help others understanding and awareness. Click here for more info
I still struggle to get the balance right, my zest for life constantly overides my body’s ability! I often make myself very ill as a result which makes my loved ones angry, but it is those moments that make me feel alive and help me carry on. I have good days, bad days and extremely bad days. I often look like there is nothing wrong with me though from the outside…this often confuses people who do not understand the condition and is why the condition is often called the invisible illness.
I am often so tired, my memories, experiences and thoughts whilst awake and about are a blur afterwards…hence my blog! …so these memories and random thoughts are not to be forgotten 🙂
Why upsidedown_travels… I have always loved gymnastics …although I quit the professional route I was going down as a young child…the love for handstands stayed. My love for travel is a huge part of me…I randomly decided to do a handstand when at the Grand Canyon and with over 100 pictures later in different places, the tradition has stayed. Although these days, I either cannot do one due to my cfs…or attempt it then am seriously wiped out and in a lot of pain afterwards. It is also good to change your perspective, sometimes turn your opinion upsidedown. It can help you deal with challenges which seem impossible to overcome. When I became ill, I was very angry and frustrated. I later accepted my situation for what it is, I am more confident and see the world as my Oyster. I use my new circumstances to my advantage to work on projects I never had time to. I look at the positives. I encourage you to change your perspective, whenever you have a challenge. Traveling also adds to my knowledge, inspires new thoughts and my perspective on things is enriched more each time. So hence why upsidedown_travels
Why the tag line…Wild, Weird, Wonderful…just because.
P.s I am dyslexic so apologies for the poor grammer and typos!