After all the festivities of Christmas and New Year, which I spent kayaking along the Thames, I thought it’s about time for another blog update.
I still can’t believe that it’s 2015 already. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was returning to Greenwich Park after completing my world cycle. Where does the time go? In my case, it’s mostly been spent writing a book and preparing to row across the Indian Ocean with my rowing partner, Ash.
I certainly underestimated what it would take to write over 100,000 words, however after ten months and 105,408 words, it’s finished. I always wondered if anyone would be interested in reading my story but after the requests I’ve had for copies, I’m quite taken aback. It must be half decent as Bear Grylls has just written the foreword, which I rather excitedly received only a few days ago. Watch this space for release dates and book signings!
The Indian Ocean row is coming together nicely. Our boat the James Lewis is currently with the boat builders getting fitted out with all the electrics and necessary items to get us across almost 4,000 miles of ocean.
The next major milestone will be to ship the boat out to Australia where Ash and I will meet it in early May. We are still slightly short on our expedition funding so if anyone has any contacts who may be able to help, that would be greatly appreciated. It’s just things like flights and PR support that need to be covered now.
Our current expedition website http://www.nothings-impossible.co.uk will be undergoing a major overhaul in the coming weeks, by Lewis Commerce. So a big thank you to them. Watch this space and get the URL bookmarked!
I also need to thank Sunseeker for inviting me onto their stand as a guest speaker at the London International Boat Show last weekend.
I was chatting to a young person in a school where I was speaking only last week about following your dreams. I thought to myself, if someone had told me ten years ago that I was about to go on my fourth major expedition, on the brink of having a book published and be making a living by doing the things I love, I probably wouldn’t have believed it!
When I look back over the years, I’ve realised that if you are prepared to make sacrifices and put the time and effort in, it’s not as hard as one might think to create that dream job or lifestyle change. Also, if you treat people in a way that you would like to be treated, you’ll be amazed at the things that come your way.
So for anyone thinking about making a change, whetever that may be, in a professional capacity or a simple lifestyle change, I would say – GO FOR IT!
Remember: proactivity will bring good fortune!
Out for now,