Has moving around changed any of your friendships?
Let me know if you relate, but I’ve found that some just dissolve over distance. You move away & nothing changes at first, then you get busy, they get busy & gradually the effort to keep in contact fades. Some you only hear from when they want free accommodation wherever you live. Then there are some friendships that are only changed by geography. You remain in contact &, even if you haven’t seen each other for a few years, you can catch up & it feels like you saw each other yesterday.
To me, after moving around so much interstate in Australia & overseas, I’ve found that it’s given me a great appreciation for the friends that have lasted the distance. My circle is very small, but they’re people I’d do anything for. Anyone else feel similar?
Life advice: don’t move to Hawaii unless you’re prepared for a horrible heartbreak when you leave.
I don’t know what it is specifically - maybe it’s the nature, the lifestyle, the warm weather or something else, but it’s a place that will steal your heart like no other.
This week I’ve been revamping old blog posts to make them wayyyyy more useful (what was I even thinking when I started this blog?!) & I’ve been going through a lot of old photos in the process. It’s had me nostalgic about life on that little island I used to call home on paperwork but will always call home in a part of my heart. #extraordinarytravels#ialsomissmytan
This feels awkward to talk about but I feel like since I’m a solo travel blogger I should explain it. Maybe you already noticed, but I’m not solo traveling as much this year.
Mostly it is because of budget. We had a few big & unexpected expenses come up at the start of the year which slowed things a little. Getting paid in one currency & having expenses in a more expensive currency slows things pretty fast when they are big ticket items!
I love this blog but it’s not worth going into debt for so I just hit the brakes on adventures for a bit. I still love solo travel but at the moment I’m trying to put our fun money into family time & will probably get back into solo trips again towards the end of the year or next year.
I’m still blogging what I think is helpful & I’m sorry if that lets you down - I don’t know how you feel about it & if you read my stuff specifically for solo travel posts?
If you are still following along, thanks for sticking with me through all the different phases of life. When you’re sharing real stuff there’s a lot of bumps & diversions in the road but I’ll share it everyday over creating some faked perfection. #extraordinarytravels
Look at me in my favourite British fatigue on 5th August, which marks 9 years in #Londontown. (The first pic cracks me up!) Wowzers! Nope, it doesn't seem that long. Yes, I still love it. No, I don't know when I'm leaving. (Because everyone always asks! Lol) Yes, it's still one of thee best decisions I've made. I've done so much, seen even more and have explored the most. This life isn't for everyone or easy but for me, it's been worth it. I really don't have the right words to describe it. At times it just overwhelms me.. this life I've built. To some it's seems unconventional and to others it seems dope but to me it seems just right. It was right what I needed when I didn't even understand that anything was needed. So here I am, counting it all as joy because favor ain't always as fair. What this day really reminds me of is that what's for me will always find me, if I do my part to ensure I'm ready to recieve it and bet on myself, it'll be fine. Always. But it takes doing the work! That means literally work, working on yourself, working to repair/manifest relationships, etc. London has made me do all of this, multiple times ESPECIALLY in 2019. (Lawd knows.) So here I am reppin' my home town in the town that feels like home. #TheXpatLife
The last pics are of physical gems I've collected along the way. The Universe always provide you with who you need and package it in love. And God ensures you recognize it and hold it tight. I'm never letting these ladies go. So shout out to my St Louis, Jamaican, Miami, Haitian, Nigerian, British sister friends for sharing this day with me (+ @ti_not_tee and @aaron_abernathy). And thanks to so many others (home girls and home boys) who have made this journey so much more funnier, sweeter, lighter and worthwhile, y'all are really the best part. ❤