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Are you dreaming of that next amazing trip? You know the one that you’ve been saving for indefinitely, keeping you at home in that boring everyday routine. That trip that doesn’t seem to be getting any closer. Yeah, that one.
Well, what if I told you that you don’t have to wait for that trip to have an adventure?
What if I told there is a whole heap of ways to have adventures both big and little?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. My name is Rachel and I want to show you that you can find adventure in every aspect of your life, you just have to change the way you look at things.
As Mary Poppins once said,
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.”
First, however, I believe I should really introduce myself properly.
I’m a proud Mancunian and for those of you outside of the UK that may never have heard that term before it simply means I’m from Manchester.
I love adventures. Whether it is an amazing trip abroad or just a random drive with friends and no destination, I am always seeking out a new one. I was introduced at an early age, at only 6 months I attended my first ever Cub Scout camp (my parents were Cub leaders at the time).
Inevitably Scouting has been a huge part of my life and feeding my hunger for the outdoors.
Anything from camping, hiking, abseiling, climbing and caving. I love it all. To put in perspective on GCSE results day (end of High School exams taken at 16) I had the choice of going to get my results from school or going abseiling off a bridge.
Yep, I chose abseiling.
I’ve been really fortunate, through scouting I’ve gained my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, been on parade at the quadrangle at Windsor Palace as a Queen’s Scout. Plus I’ve been on the two world Scout Moots in Kenya and Canada.
Scouting really has fuelled my love of adventure.
My first love, however, was swimming. From as far back as I can remember all I wanted to do was swim. Not just your casual lady breaststroke in your local pool kind of swimming. No, I wanted to be the best (like no one ever was… #sorrynotsorry).
I guess you can say I’m quite a competitive person. It’s not that I like winning it’s that I don’t like losing.
Anyway, I digress.
Swimming taught me lots as only sport can but it also gave me the chance to travel. I travelled around Europe on training camps from Malta, to Cyprus, to Italy. Each February half term we headed off to warmer climates for 10 days of intense training and bit of sightseeing.
I also got the chance to compete in Stuttgart, Germany a couple of times which was totally different. For one it was an outdoor pool so you have to contend with the elements. Secondly, we stayed with German families while we were there and got a brief insight into the German way of life which was cool.
I am one of those rare types of people that is also academic.
The last 4 years I have spent studying for a PhD in vascular physiology (blood vessels). A very different kind of adventure but one I am also grateful for taking.
While it took me to some dark places, it allowed me to learn a lot about myself and come to terms with the kind of life that I want.
ONE WITH LOTS OF ADVENTURE!
I want to show you guys just how much you can get from life even in your own ‘backyard’.
I want to show you that adventure is NOT just for boys – it’s for everyone!
So come join me on this little adventure that is life.
Just one last thing…