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This post was written in 2015 when I quit my career as a Social Worker, left my home, packed up my life and took myself on a 'Solo Soul Journey'. This 'Solo Soul Journey' turned into 16 months 'on the road' throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico. All be me-self. This post was written in the lead up to this trip - a trip that symbolised a huge shift in my personal world. A journey into the Self. An embracing of the unknown. 

Admission: I woke up feeling awful yesterday morning. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Scattered. On the verge of tears. Sh!t.

All I wanted to do was call my boss, tell him I was ‘sick’ and retreat back into my cosy bed. All damn day. And night. With chocolate. And Channing Tatum (HA!)


A bit of background to give this god awful mood some context …

I leave on my indefinite Solo Soul Journey in just four weeks time (long story short my Blessed Brisbane friends – back in 2015, I quit my job, packed up my life and went travelling around the U.S, Canada and Mexico for 16 months, all by me-self).

I’m currently in the middle up tying up loose ends in my job. Moving house. Getting travel sh!t sorted (which, may I say, seems to be ENDLESS!). Parting with ridiculously large sums of money. Saying farewells. Blah, blah, blah-de-blah.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘Oh poor Che, she’s going on an indefinite overseas adventure – tough! NOT!’ and though you’re right, it doesn’t take away the insurmountable to-do’s that are piling up on my to-do list.  (And y’all know that this little gal doesn’t cope too well with insurmountable to-do’s piling up on her to-do list! She goes a little CRAY!)

Anywho – as I said, I woke up yesterday morning in a goddamn tizzy.

And then I decided that I didn’t want to be in a tizzy anymore. So I did something about it.
I posted a sweet pic to Instagram, with a caption that, in part, read …


‘It’s when we feel we cannot slow down that we must. It’s when we feel we have no time that we must be active in carving out space and creating some’.


So I took my own advice (because, come on, it’s pretty darn good) and let me tell you, it turned my frown upside down!


Here’s what I did my love:

  • I left home early, sat at a cafe and enjoyed a sha-weeeeeeet coffee (sans technology and to-do list) before work.
  • I created a tranquil and serene space in my office. Well hello there yoga station on Pandora, oil burner and my DoTerra Balance oil. (Haha, my boss walked in and said, ‘Woah, it’s like a sanctuary in here!’ Damn straight it is fella – now don’t go messing with my good vibes!)
  • I read a chapter of my fictional book during my lunch break (and scowled at everyone who tried to talk to me).
  • I went for a post work run. Something my mind, body and soul so desperately needed!
  • I ate choc chips cookies for dessert. Lots of them. Just because.


And let me tell you my love – these teeny tiny additions to my day made ALL THE DIFFERENCE. I slowed down, created space AND ended up having one of the best days I’ve had at work in a long while! Did anything get ticked off my crazy to-do list? Nope! Did I care? Nuh-uh, because what I got instead of a sense of peace, glorious F-R-E-E-D-O-M in the crevices on my mind AND the inspiration to write this piece for y’all! It doesn’t get much better than that does it!?


Let me remind you again sweet lady …

‘It’s when we feel we cannot slow down that we must. It’s when we feel we have no time that we must be active in carving out space and creating some’.


Are you craving stillness and space in your life? What can you do, TODAY, to gift yourself the goodness you deserve? 


Much, much, much love.

Che. X