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Going Nowhere And Moving Forward

I have a rule that I must shower before I am allowed to eat lunch. I work at my dining room table, framed by the front window, and on the rare occasion that there is sunshine in London it streams straight onto my left side, tanning one arm and making me smell lightly cooked. Often it reaches 11 or 12 o’clock and I realise that I have been so engrossed in work I’ve forgotten to get dressed. I’m pretty sure I pong.

 

This is what I do when I am not travelling. I work long, smelly hours, in partial dress, eating jacket potatoes and baked beans. These days are not unlike my student ones, back when I was a geeky bachelor of law, in student halls not far from my current home. This is how I spend about 80% of every month.

Up until now, I’ve tried to keep these pungent parts of myself away from this blog. When, at the end of last year, I decided to quit my full time job in social media marketing to pursue a freelance career, I set up a separate site to talk about the stuff I do when I’m not travelling. I figured you dear readers would not want to read my pleas for paid work or the analysis of my latest project. But looking back over my posts from the past few months (where a combination of visiting rellies in Oz, my sister’s wedding in Cuba and some very lucky opportunities to take part in blogathons in Barbados and beyond, meant my travel has intensified) I think I may have accidentally given off the wrong impression. So in the interest of honesty and full disclosure, I hereby admit to spending too much time in PJs. My life, alas, is not all self-indulgent spas and flying business class. In fact, more often than not, it literally stinks!

Colours of Havana

It’s been an interesting couple of months. Adjusting to an unstable income has been tough for a self-confessed high maintenance girl like myself. I’ve had to hone skills like pitching myself as well as proposals, I’m a part-time debt collector constantly chasing payments (not pavements – that was Adele) and I’ve had to face my fear of public speaking for the sake of making a living.

I’m also thinking a lot about the future. After 3 ½ years I am rapidly approaching the end of my challenge to blog around 40 different countries. I’m thinking hard about where I want to end up and where I want to go next – both literally and figuratively.

I’ve also been thinking about you readers (about time too, I hear you say.) I’ve whittled on for all these years about my travels and my personal challenges but I would like to know more about yours. What travel ambitions and wishes have you set yourself, or have maybe achieved, up to this point? I’m working on some ways I can help you achieve these things. I am also working towards giving a voice to others on this site (Lord knows you must be sick of mine by now).

Thanks so much for following the journey so far. I’ve really appreciated you joining me for the ride and look forward to the next leg together.

J x

 

17 Comments

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    maitha
    June 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Great post. What will we do once you’ve reached your target of 40?! Excited to see what’s next in Jayne’s World xx

    • Reply
      Jayne
      June 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Maitha. Hopefully crossing paths with you in Dubai will be on the cards xx

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    Charli l Wanderlusters
    June 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Oh Jayne, here I was thinking I was the only one sat in my PJ’s at 2pm mid way through an article, toothpaste stains on my hoodie and a bird’s nest atop my head!

    Having started my blog just 5 months ago I’m now realizing the commitment and sacrifice involved, mostly in the personal hygiene dept, to maintain an online presence. It seems to take me so long to draft, write and edit engaging content, not only for those who I manage to entice to my site but for other sites to which I peddle my wares.

    Here’s to the future – hopefully one filled with proportionality less time sat in our PJ’s!

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      Jayne
      June 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Hahahaha you have just described my daily look – a fashion blogger I am not!!

      Good luck building your blog, you never know where it may lead 🙂

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    Heather
    June 12, 2013 at 6:44 am

    LOL, I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one! I spend most of my time in yoga pants and old t-shirts, plugging away online – also at my dining room table. Some days my husband comes home from work and I’ve barely moved! Then of course he wants to know what I did all day. The nerve!

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      Jayne
      June 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

      hahahaha although my boyfriend has yet to say it, I know he does wonder!

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    Becky
    June 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Without taking away how great your other posts are, this is probably one of my favourites. Just for how candid it is. While I just blog when I have spare time, I often look on enviously at other bloggers that have made it and wish I could do it full-time as it looks to be all glam, parties and freebies. So thank you for demonstrating that you do it through a lot of hard work and diligence. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next!

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      Jayne
      June 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Becky, I really appreciate your feedback. I was worried that people may not be interested in what takes place behind the blog but was also very aware I was portraying only the jet set bits! There are definitely heaps of boring bits behind the scenes that make me appreciate the travel when it comes around all the more. I prefer it this way to be honest, I think those days in my pj’s at the home office are what keep me grounded 🙂

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    Lynda
    June 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Great post and good to share – I’m always surprised that people think everything is non stop jet set! Any way a fellow freelance told me that her strategy is to dress as if she has a minor crush on the postman so she’s forced to shower and get dressed by mid morning.

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      Jayne
      August 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Now that’s a good tactic!

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    Lucy
    June 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    This all sounds a bit familiar! I do make myself get dressed as soon as I get up else I suspect it’d be a slippery slope to going to the shop in my pyjamas. I have developed an unhealthy dependence on a pair of fluffy slippers though – glamorous they are not! Love freelancing though, especially if the summer finally arrives and I can sneak a couple of hours in the garden.

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      Jayne
      June 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      hahaha my slippers are leopard print – it’s all coming out now!!!

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    Julie Dawn Fox
    August 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I’m ashamed to admit that sometimes I forget to shower altogether. I have a growing collection of house pants and house dresses which are very comfortable but far from stylish. I will not be doing video chats on Skype any time soon, or at least not without advance warning!

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      Jayne
      August 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Haha I know exactly what you mean. My current ‘work wear’ looks very similar to what everybody else calls ‘pyjamas’! When I started an office job this week I seriously considered borrowing my boyfriend’s shirts as I had nothing vaguely smart for this type of job!

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    Nikki
    June 26, 2015 at 12:04 am

    This is so great. I have just gone freelance (quite literally) today. I am nervous, inspired, determined and feeling a range of emotions while also an unwavering, calming sense of freedom. I imagine my days spent typing away at coffee shops or at home in NYC while my new kitten prances across my keyboard and my freelance, filmmaking boyfriend watches basketball. True, this may not be what people imagine when they think of a full time travel writer but this is what it is at times–and I love it. I would choose a day where I wake up and have the freedom to spend my day as I please rather than sit at an office sneaking blog posts in between meetings and conference calls.

    I have 6 of your posts opened in my browser now and am devouring all of them! They’re all fantastic and helpful. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge. I leave for assignments in Morocco, Vietnam and Ecuador soon and I will definitely use some of your tips in my own blog.

    Cheers,

    Nikki
    http://www.thepinthemapproject.com

    • Reply
      Jayne Gorman
      June 29, 2015 at 6:40 am

      Ah thanks so much for stopping by and devouring my content 🙂 It sounds like you have a really exciting time ahead of you. Best of luck on your freelancing journey (the thought of your kitten prancing on the keyboard is very cute!) J x

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