Guardian Angel

All my life I have believed things happen for a reason and good things happen to good people..

At the very beginning when we were toying with the idea to leave the UK, I was at my exercise class on a dull Saturday morning when I was sharing my plans with Amanda, one of the ladies there – getting very excited at the prospect of going to live in a beautiful sunny place and mapping out our future lives.. Amanda is a life coach, a mentor, a truly inspirational woman who helped give me the motivation to go for our dream by getting me to visualise what a year down the line would look like.. Flights are booked, house is sold, Jon is qualified to be a Dive instructor, waking up to a vision of white sands and crystal clear sea… you get the idea..  So within an hour I was absolutely convinced this is what we would achieve..

After that session I didn’t see Amanda, quite sad as she had given me the inspiration to really go for our dream.. As our plans have come to fruition in what seems like only yesterday we were considering whether to do this or not, I went to bootcamp on a wet and miserable Wednesday 3 weeks ago and Amanda was there – Fabulous, I could tell her our news, where we were up to.. Jon had qualified in diving, house was sold – you get the gist.. Now, us moving abroad is relying on Jon been able to get work in the Scuba Dive industry – in places like Thailand, Dive Instructors are 2 a penny so its a lot of pressure.. it’s been playing on my mind what could I do to supplement our income? Teach?  Yes, I’ll do a TEFL.. Set up my own online Business – Yes but what?  I have some idea what I’d like to do..

So, I’m running round trying to get Amanda up to speed with our plans, after all we had 6 months to catch up on!  I explain my Business idea to Amanda and BANG – there she was, my guardian angel.. Amanda was looking for someone to do the very role I was thinking about setting up as an online Business..  Since that session we’ve met to discuss Amanda’s new venture – exciting!!  And whilst I thought I would be playing a small part I think I have just become part of something exceptionally special and I feel absolutely blessed that this is happening to us..  When someone says to you ‘Do you think you could manage 2-3 hours a day working on a beach?’ I could have been knocked over with a feather.. WOW!

I got a call yesterday from Amanda telling me to get dressed up for Monday’s meeting as I’m going to be filmed and photographed – WTF? Is this really happening? I’m on Cloud 10 at the moment and never want to get off..

So this is where it all starts..

I’ve been nagging my husband to leave the UK for the past 10 years with no real idea of what we would do or where we would go – I just knew that I didn’t want to be embroiled in the corporate trap all my life.  My spare time was literally taken up searching for our escape in the next perfect holiday and there just had to be more to life…

Beautiful Diva Andaman..
Beautiful Diva Andaman..

When we boarded this beautiful boat in Thailand in April 2013, freshly qualified in scuba diving and eager to put our new skills into practice, little did we know this holiday would be the turning point in our lives..

12 months on and we are just about ready to leave the UK – My husband qualified to become a Scuba Dive Instructor in November 2013 and is working hard to gain a credible Dive portfolio, I’ve handed my notice in to the company I have loved working at for the past 17 years… And our house is sold.. Wow.. This is pretty scary but we wouldn’t have it any other way.. Life begins at 39 – right?

Bound for pastures new, we still haven’t got a defined plan – Crazy? Yes.. Exciting? Fuck yes!  We just know we will be leaving in July.. Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines are all on our list of places to start… Who wouldn’t want to wake up in paradise every day??


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you’ve imagined…