Thanks Everyone, for the Last 6 Weeks

The past six weeks of my life have been incredible. As everything I’ve done sinks in here in Mexico I’ve thought a lot about everyone who’s in my life at the moment and how happy and grateful I am that they are. Inspired by the climax that is a 30th birthday, and by my Canadian friend Brenna’s Thanksgiving ode, I thought I’d just get all my appreciative thoughts down and share them around to celebrate being happy.

Week one – wedding fever

Thankful for six weeks

Working freelance is brilliant. If you have the desire or means, start working towards it ASAP. At the start of September my friend got married and I was bridesmaid. Thanks to being a freelancer I was able to spend a full four days with her, him, and their families, just helping out and drinking Champagne putting up bunting and such other Big Day activities. I got all my work done before so I could totally focus on the wedding. This friend has really been there for me these past few months, listening to all my crazy deliberations, ideas and tribulations and I felt honoured to be so involved in the big day.

Week 2 and 3 – hey mambo, mambo Italiano

Thanks for everything

Then followed a brilliant two weeks trekking round the Cinque Terre and chilling in a lakeside apartment in Lake Como with my family. Again, something I wouldn’t have been able to do with a job. Mum, dad, brother, auntie, uncle and my two cousins just chilled out, chatting and drinking Chianti round the pool while keeping an eye on George Clooney’s villa across the pond.

To get on with your family as well as mine do is something to be treasured, cherished and exploited at every opportunity. We only got as far as Cornwall and Euro Disney as kids, but now that me and my brother can be in the same room without him beating me up, we’ve been exploring further afield. We went to Iceland a few years ago, Lake Como this year and we’ve earmarked Croatia for next year.

Week 4 – reviewing Saint Lucia

Chilling in Saint Lucia

Staying at St James’s Club in Saint Lucia was amazing. Never, even with my vivid and OTT imagination, would I have imagined I’d be invited out to Saint Lucia for my opinion on the country. Good job I loved it there!

Week 5 – friends = happiness

Me and the girls at Lucky Voice

My two-day London fake birthday was amazing. We did karaoke and a music quiz which involved me bouncing round Lucky Voice on a space hopper. I split my trousers, but I won! And, we won the quiz! We were £60 richer, until we spent it all on Prosecco that is. Thanks to my amazing partnership with IHG Rewards we were able to stay in the fancy Crowne Plaza at St Pauls – sure they loved us there.

Then on the Friday we spent the day shopping and eating before meeting up with a few more friends to drink, chat and party until we couldn’t stand up. I was touched that so many people made the effort to come out and it was so good to see everyone before I went off on my Mexican adventure.

Week 6 – my birthday!

Surf House San Pancho

I’ve spent this last week at the Surf House in San Pancho. I arrived nervous and unable to surf, I left with three new friends (Bianca, Luis and Tim) and am proud to say I can now stand up on the board and catch the white wash (#surftalk).

I turned 30 in San Pancho, and had a brilliant night out with four people I’d only met briefly in the San Pancho Surf Hostel I stayed in on the first night. We watched the sun set on my twenties, went for a quesadilla dinner, played beer pong, partied in a surf shop, danced to a Spanish band, did karaoke (I sang Total Eclipse of the Heart with the campest Mexican ever), had a beach bonfire and then carried on the party back at the hostel to finish off the tequila. Didn’t get to bed until 8am. It was brilliant.

My 30th birthday

And the next day, on my actual day of birth, we went surfing, Bianca and Luis bought me dinner and a cake, and we chilled out with a few beers and Naked and Afraid on the big TV while I caught up with the excitement of Facebook on your birthday. All the messages and love made me really happy.

Thank you to everyone

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this blog, to comment on an Instagram, to interact on Facebook and Twitter or just generally support my work and me and travels in any way they can. If you guys didn’t stick by me I wouldn’t have had such an eventful six weeks as I have, and they’re six I’ll never forget.

So yeah, I’m feeling a little bit humbled, a little bit amazed, a tad emotional, incredibly grateful, a touch proud and I’m overly excited as I’m about to go… flyboarding!

Thanks for reading everyone and if there’s anything I can do to help you on your path, just let me know.

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10 Comments

  1. by Brenna on October 16, 2014  1:03 pm Reply

    Aw, I love this post. I'm so happy that you're so happy! I'm very grateful to have you in my life and I hope that we get to see more of each other... preferably on the road with the wind in our hair! x

    • by Vicky on October 17, 2014  3:27 am Reply

      Thanks Brenna, yes definitely, would love to go travelling with you! x

  2. by Emily Ray on October 16, 2014  2:49 pm Reply

    Vicky, this is so sweet! Pleased to hear you're having a blast in Mexico - and happy (belated) birthday :) x

    • by Vicky on October 17, 2014  3:26 am Reply

      Ah thanks Emily! Yeah, I'm absolutely loving Mexico and still five weeks here to go, yay!

  3. by Karen on October 17, 2014  3:09 am Reply

    Aw Vicky, so glad you're having a good time. I know you've had a bit of a tough time with life lately so I'm really happy to hear it's all back on track! Looking forward to reading more of your posts, as always :)

    • by Vicky on October 17, 2014  3:25 am Reply

      Thanks Karen, it's been a crazy old year! But yes, definitely on top of it all and loving life right now :)

  4. by Colleen on October 17, 2014  4:24 am Reply

    Vicky you're a blogging inspiration to me. I've been blogging for about a year now but I'm too shy to show my parents and family so I haven't published anything to the public yet. I hope I will get the confidence soon and let them know what I'm doing when I scuttle off to my room at night. So yeah, just wanted to say I'm really happy for you that you're feeling so good about life right now. You deserve it.

    • by Vicky on October 17, 2014  4:39 am Reply

      Aw, thank you, that's so nice to read. I was like that at first too. I don't think I told my parents until a year in, or something like that. Seems so long ago now! Just do whatever you feel comfortable with, but I would suggest setting a definite deadline in a year or so or you might never tell them!

  5. by Paula Nelms on October 17, 2014  8:37 am Reply

    Happy (belated) birthday and welcome to the 30 club ;) ps it's awesome...

  6. by Emily on October 26, 2014  4:08 pm Reply

    Wow, sounds like you've had a pretty epic few weeks Vicky. Hope the next few are just as good :)

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