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Just over a month ago I decided to start this thing called YouTube and set up my own channel. The idea in my head was to complement the things I do here on Splodz Blogz by also making some videos. I know I am incredibly late to the vlogging party, and it is something that

TopDeck Turkey Diary Day 1 | Home to Istanbul

Last month I had the pleasure joining TopDeck on The Sultan’s Trail, a week-long tour of Turkey from Istanbul to Fethiye. It was a jam packed week full of culture, sights, sunshine, education and of course – a coach. The tour was so full that I’ve decided to bring you an old fashioned traditional blog, my

My Journey to Istanbul | Splodz Blogz TV

Last weekend I headed over to Istanbul to join the TopDeck Travel Sultan’s Trail tour from Istanbul to Fethiye. I prepared this video of my journey from Lincoln to Istanbul while away but couldn’t upload it until I got home (intermittent hotel wifi!). It took all day to get there, and longer to get home again at the

My 20 Favourite Words of Encouragement

Sometimes we all need a bit of encouragement. Here are some of my favourite quotations to get your Sunday off to the right start (in no particular order). Feel free to share yours in the comments below.   Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James Press on – nothing can take the

Creating a Bucket List

Splodz Blogz has become primarily about my bucket list, something that has happened over the last five years and something I am very happy with. For some reason that bucket list has become one of my defining features; everyone I know, and many people I don’t know, know me as the girl (lady, woman?!) with the ever expanding list of

30 Days Wild – Days 29-30 and some Motorcycling

One of the reasons I love to ride a motorbike is that when I do, I feel very close to the world through which I travel. There is a very special bond between a biker and nature. I’ve mentioned this before, but I liken motorcycling to meditation in some ways – just you, your own

Inspiration Comes from Living

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin What inspires you? Perhaps it is seeing someone else – someone you love or just someone you’ve ‘met’ on twitter – accomplish something great. How about witnessing someone overcome adversity of some kind. Or maybe it’s the sheer beauty of

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Wishing

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz There is a well known song in the Disney

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Destination Addiction

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Today I just want to share with you this quotation I came across this week. Beware of destination addiction – a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is the in the next place, the next job, and

Life is all about the journey. The poem.

My Dad likes likes to write poetry in his spare time, and this week he presented me with this one he’s been working on for a little while. I just had to share it. This is my poem – he has captured my mantra and what it means for my life just perfectly. I love it. Thanks Dad x Now

{ Sunday Soliloquy } What is Adventure?

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Earlier in the week I read a very interesting blog post by Sean Conway on the Simply Hike website. It was particularly the last paragraph the caught my attention; I posted it on my facebook and

A Bucket List Re-Focus: My “To Try” List

There is something inspiring about a new year. We might be a couple of weeks in now, but the idea of setting goals and resolutions for the next 12 months is still at the forefront of my mind. I’m still considering carefully what that might mean for me; I want to set a series of