I drifted away from blogging for a while. I didn’t mean to, it just happened. Time slipped through my fingers like water, and I was a stone skipped happily across its surface, watching weeks pass me by with every leap forward. One month, two months, three, then four, and suddenly June became October.
But these four months have not been spent idle. Since my last post we continued our motorbike tour of Cambodia, spending a total of two months exploring her indomitable beauty amidst the monsoon rains. We then had a brief fling with Vietnam, spending just one week in Ho Chi Minh City, eating amazing street food and watching Wimbledon in our hotel room.
From Vietnam we flew to Bali, and spent the next two months sailing around the islands of Indonesia; Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and a string of breathtaking atolls in between. We slept beneath the stars, summited a volcano, and came face to-to-face with deadly reptiles. From Indonesia we took another flight to Singapore for a brief stay with Lee’s brother and his girlfriend, before taking the bus across to Kuala Lumpur to end our first year on the road in style at the stunning Park Royal serviced suites.
Lee and I at the summit of Mount Kelimutu, Flores
We then circled back home to visit family and friends, just in time to celebrate my grandmother’s 86th birthday, and surprise my older sister on hers. Lee spent a week enjoying his beloved Haggis back home in Scotland, and I have been safely ensconced in my mum’s house here on the south coast of England. Our laundry had its first decent wash in a year, and so did we.
Our welcome committee at Heathrow airport
My beautiful grandmother on her 86th birthday
On top of all this, somewhere along the way Lee and I also managed to create a successful design business that we hope will enable us to sustain our new life on the road. It started unassumingly when we built a website for a dear friend of mine whilst living in Koh Tao, Thailand back in April. From this began to flow a tiny trickle of new enquiries, then in a matter of just a few short months, these trickles became a steady stream of diverse and inspiring clients, who have led us to designing ten websites, two book covers, and a multitude of other projects in just six months. Though we never set out to build a business on the road, fate played its hand, and has guided us towards a new path that fills us both with excitement and gratitude for what lies ahead.
Then there was the project that you are looking at right now, our website redesign. We started working on this back in Vietnam, but our hectic work and travel schedule prevented us from finishing until we came back home and set up office in my mum’s living room. It has been a real labour of love, and incorporates both my writing and our design portfolio, plus a host of other aspects that bring together all the things I am passionate about, and really reflects my personal taste. Those of you who have been following our journey for the past year may notice that I even managed to squeeze a photo of my three beloved little Indian kittens in the rotating homepage gallery. You have no idea how happy this makes me!
A major new feature is our online shop, which we hope to develop further over the next few months. It will offer a wide range of graphics and templates aimed at bloggers and small business owners, as well as artwork and stationery. There is also a section for free downloads, where I will be offering weekly wallpapers for your desktop, and other helpful templates and printables.
Some fun features include my monthly mixtapes, inspired by the places we visit and the music we listen to along the way, plus a new books page where I will be highlighting my favourite literary offerings. I’m aiming to read two books a month, and you can keep up to date on my current choice by checking out my sidebar.
But most importantly to me, it just looks nice. It’s a place where I can come and write and create and feel good about what I am putting out there. The original site was the first blog Lee and I ever made, and it showed. My love of clean lines and white space is still there, but now we’ve been able to bring in lots of little details that I just adore, focusing on inspiring imagery, colour, and creating a sense of calm and peace onscreen. Lee has been the picture of patience and tolerance, dealing with my daily design changes and frequent stress-outs, and bringing my ideas to life. I seriously could not do this without him.
And I also couldn’t do it without you either. If you didn’t come here to read my ramblings there wouldn’t have been a blog to redesign, so thank you from the very bottom of my heart for continuing to show up, even when I don’t. It never ceases to amaze and thrill me.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to our family and friends, and leave England once again for our next big adventure. I can’t wait to share it with you all, and I hope you will come back next week to find out more about it. It’s a huge change for us, and we can’t wait for it to start.
It feels wonderful to be further bound once again.