"Hakuna matata" is a Swahili phrase; translated, it roughly means "No problems".
Flashforward and its 2015....actually, it is almost closing out on 2015, so I have been distracted for quite some time. In all honesty, sometimes you just get busy and put the pen down and actually enjoy your life for a bit - which is nice, but then you get to thinking - what did I do with all my time...?
So this year was one of massive change for me. I found myself on the receiving end of a redundancy - which on its own is a scary enough thing, but when you live in a foreign country, it is a life changing moment! Rather than head back to Australia and get into a rebound job, I decided to take some time for me - I spent some great quality time with my family - cooking, laughing, and just getting to know them again - I always knew I had great family and friends, but you really find out who loves you when you find yourself in a jam - I feel lucky to have a family who cares and likes having me around! I had never really thought about life outside of the company I had worked for, it takes some adjusting, and looking back, I think it has been the best and worst thing that ever happened to me.
The best - because it really forced me to be honest about the future - what are my long term goals and visions - where did I want to be in 5-10 years time? I never ever thought of having a plan B - and now my plan B is going to be the most exciting thing EVER.
When in doubt - Travel.
So I decided that I needed to take time out for me - and as I had done in previous times - when the going gets tough, the tough go traveling! So here I am, at the starting point of a new adventure - I am about to go headfirst into a couple of months of travel - I am calling it my Eat, Pray, Love tour - except I am not looking for prayers to be answered (well maybe just a little lol) or in finding love - its all about finding my purpose again. It's a strange thing to wake up and have no purpose anymore - so in the next few months, I am on a mission to find mine - by cooking, eating and foraging my way through the world! On this Epic journey I will travel through the sand dunes of Namibia, go cage diving with great white sharks in Cape Town, Camping in Zambia, countless safari's in Southern Africa, Shopping for spices in the markets of Morocco - learning how to cook in a tagine, walking the cliffs of the Cinque Terre in Italy, roaming the woods for truffles in Tuscany, leaning how to make gelato in Rome, tasting wine in Chianti.... its going to be huge - in fact its the biggest adventure I have done to date - and I am really looking forward to what lies ahead!
So its onwards and upwards, and the adventure starts really really soon! I have everything I need to make this the best thing that ever happened to me, so now all I have to do is go and be open to new opportunities! Bon Voyage to me!