For the last few weeks, I’ve been craving this post. Its been at the tip of my fingertips every time I’ve gone to write something else. I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve been doing some real ‘soul searching’ over the last few weeks that I’ve been feeling like really digging in deep and remembering why I started Alicia Overseas.
Writing has always been at the forefront of what I’ve wanted to do. I loved creating short stories at school. Poems, make-believe fairytales even Christmas carols. I actually submitted a Christmas Carol to Amazon for a competition a few years ago but that was the first bit of writing I had done in such a long time!
Coming hand in hand with writing is reading. The Saturday morning library run was always a highlight of the week growing up. My mum is a total bookworm and as a child, I certainly followed suit. Of course, then I became a teenager and cared about velvet tracksuits and hanging out in front of the local takeaway trying to attract local boys from school. Yes, I was that girl along with my friends. It wasn’t until my university days when reading became a part of my life again. You know when I finally got over myself and realised that reading was ‘cool’ and reading a book before bed wouldn’t lose me all my friends!
Add this to the long list of things I wish I could’ve told my teenage self! Perhaps that can be another post at some point even if just to make myself giggle!
Even though I’d rediscovered my love for reading I was still writing nothing. Until launching Alicia Overseas the last time I think I’d ever written anything over 200 words was for my English Lit GCSE’s.
It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to write it was more to do with the fact that I didn’t feel like I could or should be writing anything.
Always the Dreamer
I’m a notorious daydreamer. I’m always dreaming up the next place I want to visit or what I want my life to look like in 10 years time. I’ve always been the girl with dreams who takes no action to strive for them. It sounds so cliche but my brain always defaults too ‘Well that would be nice but it could never happen’ or ‘Yeah well people like me don’t do things like that’ or ‘that’s great for them but I could never do that’.
I’d spend hours in the local WHSmiths or Waterstones staring at the thousands of names written on the spines of books. I admired them all. For a second my mind would fleet and I’d think about if every single one of these people can write then why can’t I. Then a few seconds later I’d get hit by reality and realise that I could never write a book, blog, magazine article or whatever.
But, why not?
Then in 2017 I sat down with Dave and said next year we are moving to Australia.
I remember the conversation so vividly and my heart was pounding as I started my speech. Like writing, travelling, in particular to Australia, was somewhere I constantly visited in my dreams. I went on and on and on about making it to the land down under and then another year would pass.
And another and another and another.
In the end, even I wondered if I would ever make it. But as I write this, Australia has been and gone and now I’m on a whole new adventure in New Zealand! I never believed I’d get to Australia until I made it happen which just goes to show that anything is possible if you really want it!
So, Australia plans started coming in thick and fast. I think I read every single travel blog post about Australia in that year prior to our departure. Which is when I discovered the world of blogging, completely by accident. Obviously I’d been reading blogs for years but never really thought of them as anything other than a website.
But as I started planning our trip to Australia I started noticing the people behind the blogs, their story and became a little obsessed!
Each time I read a travel blog I noticed the same reoccurring feeling. Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could do something like that? Then quickly shook my head and laughed knowing that I could never run a successful travel blog. But I honestly couldn’t shake the notion.
I love writing and what better way to write than document the travels I was about to have for all my friends and family to follow! How insane would it be to write about my travels to inspire others to visit places I’d visited? Then the ideas just kept on coming. I could write about how I’m going to nurse whilst travelling to inspire other nurses to travel.
As I write this now I notice a theme. Inspire. But I’ll come back to that later on.
Taking the Plunge into the Unknown
It took me a bloody long time to decide that I was, in fact, going to follow my curiosity and start my own travel blog. Even after I did I told no-one but my family and close friends. I was terrified about putting myself out into the world and I still was over a year into Alicia Overseas.
Though I appeared confident I suffered from self-doubt pretty badly. Like I probably filled myself with self-loathing at least ten times a day. I’d constantly dampen down my achievements and my comparison game was STRONG.
All of the above are reasons why I decided to do some ‘soul searching’ as I mentioned earlier.
Yes, I may have taken the leap into starting Alicia Overseas but that was the easy bit.
Want to talk about the hard bit? The Blogging Rat Race
Yes, the blogging rat race well and truly exists. Blogging is quite a solo endeavour to take on or at least that’s how it seems. From an outsider looking in bloggers write about their travels, lifestyle, photography anything you could think of and people read what they write. Bloggers answer to only themselves because they are the people writing the content right? Again wrong.
Like anything in life, there are so many people who want to put their ore in. So many people trying to make a living and so many people tell you which way is best. It’s so easy to get caught up in the comparison game as a travel blogger and forget why the hell you came in the first place. Quite frankly I fell in the deep end when it came to comparing Alicia Overseas to other blogs and making sure I was doing what those ‘big shots’ were doing like trying to curate my Instagram to look a certain way etc.
Well, quite frankly I realised lately that it sure wasn’t making me happy. I love my blog but It wasn’t making me happy and I was not loving how I was running it. In fact, it started to feel like a chore and a job, not a hobby. It hit home hard.
It felt like I was trying to do everything to outrun others in the rat race instead of staying in my own lane and figuring out what works for me and what I want from my life!
So during my quest to make some serious changes, I asked myself:
Why did I start Alicia Overseas in the first place?
- I started Alicia Overseas to inspire people to take a leap into travel.
- I started Alicia Overseas to show people that even though they may not see it, creating your own reality is possible.
These are the reasons I started this blog though I note I’ve hardly written anything that I intended to. Why? because I was too busy in the rat race of trying to make sure I was nailing my travel content. When all the while I was often getting stressed and confused trying to be like everyone else.
‘Niching’ down like everyone else. Why do I need to niche down on my space of the internet? I’m a person with many likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, not everything I do is with travel in mind and neither should my blog but still, I followed on.
I’ve been doing a lot of work recently on myself and making subtle changes in my life which have led to big shifts. And when I’ve slowly been integrating these into my blogging, content creating, social media etc all I’ve seen is growth. The last few months have been my most epic months in terms of growth of Alicia Overseas and I honestly put that down to staying in my own lane and doing whatever I want to with my own platforms!
So here’s to GoPro Selfies because they bring such a fun side into my photography, here’s to more posts rambling about life (a little like this)! And here’s to a new part of my blogging journey that involves chatting a lot more about positivity, wellness and living a more fulfilled life.
As I’ve been making some changes to myself/life it’s led to a big vision for my next passion project!
I’ve kept it under my belt thus far but I honestly think I’ve found a new angle in living my life. And I want to share it and talk about it!
Life is all about creating a journey we are proud of. Not one that was inspired by what we think we should be doing, not one that revolves around everybody else but one that we love living.
It starts and ends with ourselves.
I mean, how could I possibly run an inspiring blog if I don’t feel inspired by myself?
Since making these changes in my life I’m so much happier, filled with so much more happiness and loving everyday life so much more. I’m growing in all areas including my little space on the internet which I couldn’t be prouder of! I’ll be posting more on what exactly new little project . is going to be about over the next few weeks/months so stay tuned on Instagram and if you’re not subscribed to my newsletter then make sure you do so below!