She would soak up the sun, kiss the breeze and she would fly regardless
I´m a free spirit with wandering feet and a soul hungry for adventure. I’m from the UK and now live a wild life of freedom in Andalucia, Spain.
I wasn’t always this way……
I look back on my life and feel a little like Benjamin Button. I was born old and will die young in spirit. I took the serious path in my teens and early twenties as I trained for a career in law.
The day I qualified as a lawyer, I felt overwhelmed. I should have felt elated; I’d climbed my own personal mountain and achieved my goal. Instead, I felt the reality of the next forty years ahead, on an endless clock, in a stuffy office, round and round on a metaphorical hamster wheel. I felt sick at the thought of it.
Sixteen months later amid calls of career suicide, I set off on what would be my first travelling adventure. A full year away, travelling on a whim to wherever the wind blew me. No responsibilities, no ties and definitely no clocks. I had bought myself a big wedge of time.
They say that to travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer and I agree. My year away saw me trek throughout Nepal, criss-cross the whole of India by train, let loose in Thailand, turn into an adrenaline junkie in New Zealand and get downright lost in China. From the places to the people, the different cultures and the food, my awareness and perception of life rapidly altered and expanded, challenging the status quo of my inner beliefs and values.
For the first time in my life, I understood what is to be rather than do. To be wild instead of tame.
It’s fair to say that when I returned to the UK, I was not the same person. I returned to law and a corporate life for another 8 years yet I knew there was another way. I carried a sense of wildness, “I will not be tamed” attitude that I have not been able to shake off since nor do I want to.
Travel was my call to the wild and a love affair was born. Like a thirst that will never be quenched, I am greedy for experiences and life-altering lessons which ultimately led to myself leaving my legal career behind and forging a new path.
I had my “fuck it” moment, realised enough was finally enough and made my break for freedom in 2011. I left behind the UK and my legal career to begin again in Andalucia, Spain.
Since them, I’ve been living a great adventure; a story of nightmares and fairytales.
I’ve lived in the mountains and by the ocean; in cities, pueblos, villages and an olive farm all across Andalucia. My travels have taken me far and wide around Spain and beyond including the Camino de Santiago 700km trek across Northern Spain, in August 2016. I´ve become a collector of stories and lessons learnt along the way.
As I transitioned into my new state of being, I began the most important relationship of my life. My relationship with myself. The last six years have been a journey of self-discovery as I delved into the very depths of my being and carved out an authentic life based on what truly makes my soul happy.
I retrained as a Life Coach and now help others to create a life that they love through my Free Your Wild Program.
I discovered my love for the metaphorical pen and paper and love nothing more than getting on my soapbox and sharing stories of my adventures as a wild and free woman and all of the lessons I´ve learnt along the way.
I share my stories and tales through my Free Your Wild Email Newsletter.
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