Okay, where to begin with this long overdue post?
Apologies seem superfluous, so I’ll just get straight into it. I haven’t been idle lately, trust me, there’s been lots going on behind the scenes and, because I know you’re gasping to know what I’ve been up to, in no particular order, these are a few of the things that have been happening in my life.
Since I last wrote a blog post I’ve moved from the city to a coastal country town in the south west of Western Australia.
It’s been the best move I could have made. There’s so much less hustle and bustle, the traffic is so much more manageable and I’m only three minutes by car from the amazing Abbey Beach on Geographe Bay.
It’s almost as though I’m constantly on holiday.
If you don’t know Busselton, it’s biggest claim to fame is that it’s home to the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere and the second longest in the world.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time over the last couple of months putting together the second edition of my memoir, How The Hell Did I Get Here?
Why a second edition?
Mainly because I listened to my readers when many of them were slightly disappointed at the lack of photos. They were right to be disappointed, it’s a book that needs photos – such amazing scenery needs to be seen.
So, I’ve rectified that and in this second edition I’ve included over forty photos taken from both of my treks to Everest Base Camp
If you’d like a copy, it’s available in paperback and e-book format. To make it easy I’ve put links here on the website for you. Alternatively, you can get in touch with me and I’ll get a copy to you.
I haven’t been idle on the travel front either.
I managed a sneaky trip to Sydney for a bit of time out and a catch up with my mentor. My apartment was perfectly placed on Lavender Bay and an unexpected upgrade meant I had a spectacular and unrivalled view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
I was lucky my trip coincided with Sydney’s Vivid Festival. A ten-minute ferry trip over to Circular Quay one evening for dinner and a walk amongst the lights was definitely a highlight.
While I was in Sydney I also had a great catch up with Emma and Trevor who I met on my first Everest Base Camp Trek back in 2013. They’re still in the trekking game and have established Project Base8000. Their aim is to trek to the base camps of the world’s 14 highest mountains.
They’ve already ticked four of them off and in a couple of weeks time they’re heading off again to trek to the base camps of Shishapangma and Cho Oyu. If you’re the least bit interested in joining them on future treks get in touch with them, they’d love to take you along.
Yes, I’m tempted 🙂
I’ve also been busy updating my business website. If you haven’t seen it, consider this your nudge to pop over there and have a browse around.
The new look is designed to show the real me, the me that wears several hats (sometimes at the same time 😊) – the author, the hiker, the speaker, the life coach. Have a look, you may find out something you didn’t know about me.
If you’d like to chat about some aspect of my work or life, then please, drop me a line.
And finally, there’s the planning for my Borneo trip coming up in October and the pre-planning for next year’s travel.
I’ve only been to Borneo once – that was in 2006 (how can it be thirteen years ago?) and I only visited Kuching.
This time round a group of us Jungle Sisters are going to Rock the Jungle. We’re starting in Kuching, doing some volunteering at the orangutan sanctuary, then heading to the Mulu National Park for lots of adventures, finishing up in Kota Kinabalu.
There are still a couple of spots left so ladies, if you’re interested in joining us, check out the itinerary here and get in touch. You’ll have to be quick though, we have to finalise bookings by the end of August.
Next year’s travel?
Stay tuned – so much I want to do and so many places adding themselves to my list, that I know I’m going to have to cull some of them. More on that later.