So long, self-help book!

This book arrived today. 

I bought it because I had a voucher to use and because I’ve been worrying about festering and not achieving enough in my little Long Life.

Look at the words on the cover:

Hell fire. I’ve just realised that I don’t need to transform my life any more right now!

In the past 10 months I’ve left an absolute asshole of a guy when I didn’t have a job or anywhere to go. 

I survived lockdown living and working (when I wasn’t furloughed) in a shithole flat. 

Then I put myself through administrative hell and somehow managed to buy myself a new home despite the pandemic and not having permanent employment.

Logistically it was an incredibly difficult move.  I did most of it on foot, carrying my belongings in suitcases, back and forth, back and forth, interspersed with a couple of moving interludes with trusted friends to shift the few larger things I own.

And now I’m in.  Thank goodness.

I’ll tell you more about it soon but in the meantime safe to say, it’s wonderful and I’m feeling incredibly blessed to be here, despite the fact that I’m sleeping on an inflatable bed and I have no curtains. Oh and I fell over and cracked my knee open and I’m struggling to walk. But it’s not a trip without a trip, remember?! https://solong.blog/2020/04/13/my-all-time-top-three-trips/

Going back to the book. Yes, I am ABSOLUTELY going to f*cking do it. I’m going to put the bastard book down and give myself a ruddy break!

Tonight’s government announcement didn’t come as any surprise but it told us what we all knew anyway – that we’re going to need to snuggle up and go back to the basics once again.

So, as the nights draw in and the days grow colder, we should remind ourselves what *really* matters.  

Take each day as it comes.

Be kind to yourself.

Be kind to those around you.

I’m no expert.  However, these are the things I’ve been doing this year and not only have they got me though a time which would have been incredibly dark even without a pandemic but they’ve pushed me forward too.  No self-help book required.

I’ll be honest. I can’t make any of this better for you. But I can be there with you.

I’ve just renewed my WordPress subscription for another year knowing that I’m going to be keeping a travel blog going without actually venturing anywhere. Remember, though, that travel isn’t about going places, it’s about adventure – and there’s plenty more of that to come for each and every one of us, in various guises, I promise.

More soon. In the meantime I’m sending much So Long love to you all,

Shauna x

So long for a little while

Hey everyone,

I hope you’ve had a great weekend.  Mine’s been fine, thanks for asking.

Actually, it’s been better than fine.  I’ve spent time doing all the things which make me happy – I finished reading a book which I’ve enjoyed immensely, I listened to music, I watched a movie which made me cry, I painted, I danced, I made good food, I drank a little wine, I cuddled my crazy cat and I saw one of my loveliest, dearest friends whom I adore.

I also did a little adventuring.  Way back when, I used to harp on about the wonder of mini adventures – meaning shlepping about this place or that willy-nilly during the weekends I actually happened to be in the country.

Now, it seems, mini (perhaps even micro) adventures are what I live for.

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So Long, so grateful

In my previous post I was really happy to report heaps of positivity about what’s been going on in my life and how I was feeling about it all.  Despite the world continuing to be a really shit place it felt great to be able to share so many sunny snippets, no matter how seemingly inconsequential they were.

But my newly-adopted mother-earth optimism also brought me to the conclusion that I’ve been horribly self-centred these past few months.

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