Swimming with Sharks

420943_10151334302710686_796638857_nIF I HAD created a bucket list in my teens, swimming with sharks would have been near the top.

Probably somewhere wedged between scoring the winning goal for Blackburn Rovers and meeting my childhood crush Gillian Anderson aka Dana Scully.

The decade of my twenties brought with it a little less daring, and a little more caring. Especially when it came to life and limb. Continue reading

The Beauty of a Thick Skin

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Nutty Turd AKA ‘The Thing’ from Avengers

THERE WAS a time in my life when I was extremely sensitive.

Around the time a pigtailed Britney Spears burst onto the scene with her ‘Pedo-Pop’ video, I began to pay closer attention to the opposite sex.

I lacked self-confidence in my mid teens like many others in that age group, but at teeny bopper discos or in later life, nightclubs yours truly was typically found lurking in the shadows, as far removed from the action as possible. I was a wallflower. Continue reading

The Mind Medicine Room

http://hosuronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pharmacy.jpgI was a self-help junkie.

In my late teens and early twenties, as I struggled with carving my own little identity in the big bad world, I leaned on my mentors for advice.

Anthony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Napoleon Hill, NLP’s co-creator Richard Bandler et al did their best to steer me on the right path. I devoured everything I could get my hands on and listened to audio books until I could almost recite them word for word. Continue reading

Changing Careers

o0y3y2nhnqo_prod_803_23681LAST WEEK I had a conversation with a Sports Journalist for a very popular daily newspaper which was initiated by a mutual friend.

The phone call lasted around 45 minutes and if truth be told I was picking his brain about the world of publishing, getting articles into print and seeking advice about finding agents for unpublished works.

In the thick of our call the conversation drifted to his own motivation in leaving a comfortable, well paid marketing position at an American company to follow his life dream of a role in the journalism sector. Continue reading

Space Diving in Honduras

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The Beautiful Island of Utila

OFF THE MAINLAND coast of Honduras in Central America, there lie two small islands – Utila and Roatan – renowned for their hedonistic nomadic lifesyle.

The big draw for travellers aside from getting wasted is the pristine coastline, and clear waters ideal for deep sea diving.

Diving is big business on the islands and competition is fierce with companies trying to undercut each other, offering various incentives to sweeten the deal with curious punters. Not only did the company I chose in Utila have a great reputation, strong safety gear and proper equipment, more importantly they were organising a booze cruise the next day. Continue reading

Blogging for Money

http://thedigitallifestyleacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/earn.jpgSince embarking on my blogging journey only four months ago, there have been a few unexpected but welcome benefits along the way.

As bloggers, we all love attention which was why I was thrilled to be mentioned in the wonderful Suzie81’s blog last week as a competition winner. I can honestly say that I would blog even without an audience because I enjoy the creative process and find great pleasure in throwing down on digital paper the funny or interesting episodes from my travelogue if only for my own endless amusement. Continue reading

10 Highlights of Travelling in Central and South America

Cenote Ik Kil, Mexico

Cenote Ik Kil, Mexico

9 months. 13 countries.

There have been some amazing experiences en route. Some internationally renowned. Other’s perhaps not what you’d expect, but magical for their own reasons.

Here is a round-up of my Top Ten:

1. MAKING FRIENDS IN ANTIGUA

The colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala holds special memories for me. This charming little hub is buzzing with an excellent night life and vibrant social scene, thanks to the steady influx of Spanish language students. Continue reading