Feeling Thankful

Taking a moment to reflect on how everything went so right for me...


I’m sitting here in the private garden to my villa in the Maldives, wondering how I got so lucky? What did I do to deserve this? DO I deserve this? Sure, there are other bloggers out there that have more followers than me or specifically just write about travel, so, why me?

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t thank my lucky stars that I was able to turn my once hobby of blogging into a full time job. I started my blog four years ago when I was at university, blogging about how to shop on a budget or what fashion internship I was working on. Not once did I ever think my blog would turn into a full time job, let alone bring me to be sat here in the Maldives wondering what went so right for me.

It’s not all been plain sailing as last year was the hardest I’ve faced so far, with my six year relationship ending it turned my world upside down. But maybe I needed my world to be turned upside down to realise that I wasn't actually living my life to the full potential. I’d become content and complacent with life for far too long and it struck me that there was plenty of changes to be made.

Once I’d decided to quit my job and turn my hand to full time blogging, I’m now fortunate enough to look back and know that it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I didn’t know how it would work out then, I was worried about money, about if i’d have enough jobs to keep me going, was my content good enough to be a full time blogger… but something inside of me decided to take the chance.

I just kept thinking, “I’d much rather try and fail than to never have tried at all” - when we make these life changing decisions, they either work or they don’t, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve failed if it doesn’t work, maybe it just wasn’t the right time, maybe your head wasn’t quite in the right place. 

I took the leap of faith and it paid off. I threw myself into my blog and gave it 110%, I came up with a project late last year to travel 12 countries in 12 months as travel always has and always will be a passion of mine. My dream is to just up and go with nothing more than a backpack to make memories I’ll never forget (next year perhaps) as this year I’m focusing on my project, hence why I’m sitting here at the Angsana resort in the Maldives, the most beautiful place I’ve ever laid my eyes on (I’m well aware that every place is more beautiful than the last but this really is the cherry on top!). 

I feel like I’m looking out to a screensaver, the ocean; a mix of turquoise and crystal blue just looks like I’m trapped in a Getty image. It’s such a surreal place, the Maldives is made up of 1,200 island, our resort is on one island, in the middle of the Indian ocean, I can hear nothing but the water hens around me and the sound of the waves gently splashing against the beach in front of me.

I’m sitting here pinching myself that this is my job, I never for one second want people to think that I don’t realise how lucky I am, because trust me I do! Every time I get an invite to an amazing event or destination I thank my lucky stars that this was how it worked out for me. I’m living the dream, or my dream as it were, because this is how I envisioned my life to be and I’m still trying to work out how I managed to get here!


  1. Erin 29th March 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I am beyond happy for you. What you have achieved in the past year is just incredible. And I love how you really are living the dream! Every picture you have posted has been incredible! Well earned and you 100% deserve it! So proud of everything you have done and all the changes you have made, can see how much you have grown. “Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right” I told you then and it was so so true – especially with that view! Well done!


    • Hayley 4th April 2016 / 11:26 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment love! When you left that comment all those months ago, I never quite realised how true those words were, so thank you! Thank you for following my journey and sticking with my blog through thick and thin! <3 x

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