Me. Bike jeans, camera, phone, sunglasses, great view.
LIFE IS ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY
It’s no good just waiting to get to our destination, we have to make the most of the travelling.
What started off as a simple bucket list has become a desire to encourage others to make the most of their lives by experiencing what life has to offer and creating memories that last a lifetime.
Splodz Blogz is about demonstrating how that is possible, documenting the things I get up to in-between the day job and other commitments, working through my ever-expanding ‘to try’ list (suggestions always welcome!). And spending as much time outside as possible.
Splodz Blogz is about experiences, told in a personal, honest and friendly way, with a hint of cheerfulness and motivation thrown in for good measure.
I want to inspire you to make the most of your time by encouraging you to try new things and have a good time on your journey through life.
With my F650GS on our Zartusacan road trip.
PASSIONS AND PROJECTS
GetOutside, One Hour Outside, Outdoor Bloggers
Having fun outdoors is clearly what make me most happy. I am proud to be chosen by Ordnance Survey as one of their GetOutside Champions for the second year running, flying the flag for the everyday adventurer, the person who likes to fit in time outside in between the day job. My One Hour Outside campaign is one of the reasons I was chosen, encouraging people to spend at least one hour outside every single day (whatever the weather!) – it isn’t easy but it’s worth the effort and can make a huge difference to our body, mind and soul. I am working on ways to make this bigger than just my blog and social media over the next year. I also run Outdoor Bloggers with friend and fellow blogger Jenni, a network for fellow bloggers who love to get outside and then write about it.
I consider myself very normal when it comes to adventure, because everything I do has to fit in-between all the normal stuff such as working full time, owning and running a house, spending time with my family, and the rest. I was once told by someone I looked up to that you can’t have adventure unless you take yourself off to the wilderness with no access to help or support, which I happen to think is phooey – adventure is personal, it is what you make it, and we can all have it.
What we have to do is make things happen within the confines of our own life. I took ten weeks unpaid leave in 2016 for my adventure-of-a-lifetime, flying to North America for a 10,000 mile motorcycle road trip. Last year’s “big” adventures were all much closer to home, including completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for the third time, this time taking a group of Outdoor Bloggers members with me, doing the BMW Motorrad Off Road Skills level one course over in the Brecon Beacons, and spending a week road tripping my way around the North Coast 500, which was so good we’re returning in 2018 to have another go at it. In August I represented Ordnance Survey at Countryfile Live, in September I spoke at the South West Outdoors Festival and walked the 26 mile Harvest Hobble, and in October I completed the West Highland Way long distance hike and ended up being featured on Britain’s Favourite Walks on ITV.
In 2018 I have big changes ahead as I relocate to a new part of the UK, start a new job, buy a new house, and try to continue to fit in outdoors adventure in-between all the business. Should be interesting!
My most over-used portrait… screwed up face and all. That’s me!
TEN RANDOM FACTS
I started my Splodz Blogz in January 2010 as a place for me to share my photo a day that year. It quickly developed into my place to write about my experiences – bucket list and otherwise. I rather like the niche I’ve found as an “Outdoor Blogger”, writing primarily about getting outside, my bucket list, and travel and adventure at home and away.
I carried the Olympic torch as part of the torch relay in the run up to London 2012, after being chosen as one of Coca Cola’s “Future Flames”. It was an absolute honour and incredibly exciting, and possibly the most surreal day of my life. It’s going to take some beating!
I have never made real “what I want to be when I grow up” decision, probably why a bucket list full of all kinds of weird and wonderful things is such a big part of my life. I’m hoping my bucket list might help me discover my life’s goal one day, but perhaps now I’m in my mid-30s it’s a little bit late for that (and I still quite fancy being a Blue Peter presenter)!
My favourite places in the world all have water, and I feel an immense connection to it that both stirs me up and calms me down. Inch Beach in Ireland, Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park, RSPB Titchwell Marsh, and anywhere along the Cornish coast all feature on my favourite places in the world list.
I take way too many photographs. The other day on an hours walk I took over 100 snaps on my phone. Most of them are the same. This makes sorting through which photos to share and use on my blog and file away for all eternity a mammoth task and I am way behind! But you won’t change me; there will always be twenty shots of the same thing on my phone.
I am an introvert. I am very shy in new situations and think “networking” is the worst thing to see on any event schedule. The online world allows me to express things I would love to chat about in real life, but even after writing a post on a subject I find it hard to bring it up in conversation. Having said that, I am not afraid of public speaking and actually quite enjoy it.
I love riding my motorbike and driving my car and think that road tripping is one of the best ways to see the world (read about my Zartusacan adventure). I have always dreamed of owning a campervan, packing it up with a few bits and bobs and heading off into the sunset to see the world from the comfort of my own home on wheels. Maybe one day.
I love hats but I hardly wear them. Mainly because my fine flat hair is incredibly susceptible to hat hair! The exception to the rule are warm beanie hats, which I will wear at every opportunity in winter – I go through cans and cans of dry shampoo!
I would much rather wear jeans and a jumper than a nice dress. I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy when it comes to “fashion”. You’ll not find any look books or make-up tutorials here on Splodz Blogz, but there is always room for a post about a good pair of hiking shoes or a great waterproof jacket!
I am actually a super lazy person. I can very easily waste an entire day slumped on the sofa in a YouTube spiral or with a TV box set if I don’t make an effort. And I hate it, because I end up feeling down and upset at bedtime because I haven’t achieved anything. I therefore make a conscious decision to be productive each day, done by making lists of things I want to get done so I can go to bed happy I’ve used my time wisely.
With my fellow Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champions.
WORK WITH ME
Splodz Blogz is a personal blog like they used to be – a journal about me and my life. I am a hobby blogger, running Splodz Blogz and the other things in my spare time.
I very much enjoy getting involved with brands and activities, especially if they can help me tick something off my ever-expanding bucket list, or encourage others to get outside more.
All posts (including reviews and collaborations) are written from experience and include my personal thoughts and opinions.
If you’d like to receive a copy of my media pack, please just ask, I’m very happy to send it out.