Oh, hi there!
Gosh I’ve missed this place.
It’s been 18 months since I’ve written here. Sure, I’ve visited it from time to time, scrolling back through the archives with a sensation of faint familiarity. Sometimes I remember the things we got up to like it was yesterday, other times I wonder if this life we had was all but a dream.
I stopped writing for a few reasons. I was going through some tough stuff last year. I felt disillusioned with social media, with this social obsession of portraying this perfect online version of yourself. I took a step back.
I struggled with comparison and worried that my little piece of the internet looked like a platform just to boast about all these cool things I was doing, when all I wished was for it to be a place of inspiration.
And I felt like I’d failed - here I was set out on this incredible adventure, then suddenly I was home living with my parents - which was lovely, though generally living with your parents at 25 isn't perceived as the epitome of success!
But here we are. December 2016 is upon us (whaaaat!?!), I’ve just turned the ripe old age of 27 (whaaaat!?!) and decided now is the time to stop pondering and overthinking and actually do it. Blow off the dust if you will. Write it out.
I’ve become a consumer rather than a creator and that needs to change. I’m a little out of practice, but I love writing, creating, sharing and connecting - and I’ve really missed how the Butterfly Editions helped provide all of those things for me.
I’m not exactly sure about where we're going with the blog just yet. Let’s not worry too much and just see where we go, aye?
But hey, how about an update? Here’s a few fun things that have been happening.
On the travel front, I’m grateful that work has taken me a few places in the last year: San Diego, Los Angeles, Melbourne, NSW’s Hunter Valley and Adelaide.
Outside of work-related travel, my mum and I went on our dream girls’ trip to San Fransisco and New York, just last month!
Of course, there's always more adventures on the horizon, and Alan and I have a few ideas up our sleeve about where we'd like to head to next!
However, home is now Nelson, New Zealand - my hometown. I lived away from Nelson for seven years and love living back here. It's small, it's (somewhat) relaxed, and it takes pretty much five minutes to go anywhere or do anything.
Speaking of home….we bought one! We’ve basically put our lives on hold to renovate - Alan’s been proving his worth and we know our way around our local hardware stores like the back of our hands. I’ll be sharing a fair few stories of this whole rewarding, exhausting, challenging, relationship-testing, crazy process on the blog.
Oh look, here we are on the very first evening we collected the keys to our house!
And this is how that same spot somewhat looks now (in progress!). Who knew those amazing wooden floors were lying beneath that circa 1960's orange and brown textured carpet?
If you followed along our adventure through Asia, do you remember how Alan and I trained Muay Thai on Koh Samui? I really wanted to train when we decided to stay in Nelson, but couldn’t find a local club here. However, I’ve been training boxing a couple of times a week for over a year now and love it. Perhaps there’ll be a fight in future….who knows?!
Alan manages an outdoor adventure shop here, so we’ve also been getting into a bit of mountain biking. Nelson is an epic place to live if you love mountain biking! Alan's pretty good and I’m slowly improving…it's a work in progress.
That's probably enough updates to go on with! It's strange, being back here, yet...comforting. I'm so pleased to be back.
A heartfelt thank you to those of you that followed our adventures, which came to an unexpectedly abrupt end early last year. I hope you'll follow along on this new adventure, too.