It’s already mid-July and here I am just writing my June monthly recap. I gotta admit I completely forgot about writing a recap and didn’t realize until about 2 days ago that I was supposed to do one! That, my friends, is how crazy it has been inside my head lately.
I feel like there are constant thoughts going on, always too much to think about, but the truth is that I’m not really taking action and so the thoughts continue.
Without further delay, let’s dive into what exactly is happening with me and this blog because I know things have been a bit different lately!
Where I went in June
In June I was still abroad and had made a home in Milan for a few days at a hostel before I headed up to Trento in northern Italy for a travel blogging conference I was attending, Traverse.
Before I get ahead of myself though, let me talk about a certain hostel situation that went down.
I was staying in a 6-bed room that was costing me roughly 40 euros a night despite it being outside of the city centre (I do not miss European hostel prices!). The first night it was just myself and an Egyptian man who I have to admit creeped me out. He didn’t speak English and I kept catching him looking at me. I decided to stay a night in the room and told myself I would switch rooms if no one came the next night.
People came the next night and every night after, most only staying a single night and all but one were men, all in their late 30’s to mid 50’s I’d guess. Some were rather rough looking and others looked normal. Regardless, these men didn’t seem like your typical hostel goers so I was a bit confused but was fine because I was totally content keeping to myself.
The Egyptian man was there every night I was and I kept catching him looking at me, and also at other people. I figured he just liked to stare so I kept brushing it off.
I should have said I was uncomfortable and asked to switch rooms, that’s what my gut told me to do.
On my 4th night I went to sleep around 11pm, it was only me and the Egyptian man in the room. I woke up about an hour later and saw that there was a man in the bed across from me sleeping who had checked in late. I thought nothing of it.
I was sleeping with earplugs in and a face mask so nothing should have stirred me but something woke me up, I’m assuming it was a feeling because my body was obviously aware that this man who had checked in late was standing right beside my bed.
I was groggy and 100% did not react very fast. All I managed was to ask “what are you doing?”, pull out my earplugs and my face mask off. He said nothing. I couldn’t tell if his eyes were open or closed, it was too dark.
Luckily he was standing closer to the end of my bed so I was able to slip out from under the covers and stand beside my bed. My heart was pounding, I was so terrified that this guy was going to touch me or hurt me. I didn’t know if he was getting ready to get on top of me.
But as soon as I stood up I realized he wasn’t really doing anything other than swaying. Within seconds he started peeing ON MY BED. I instantly yelled and he continued peeing so I pushed him, he stumbled. Then he was peeing ON MY SHOES. So I yelled again even louder and pushed him again so his aim was not on my shoes.
By this point the Egyptian man had jumped out of bed and turned on the light and we both just stood there as this guy woke up and started saying sorry.
I immediately went to the front desk and asked to change rooms. I was still shaking. I could feel the adrenaline still pumping through me from waking up and thinking that this man might attack me.
The next day I had a call with my coach and I asked her, “do you think this is me manifesting ways to tell me to stop travelling and go home?”. She didn’t think so, instead she thought that it was a lesson for me to learn that I should speak up and not worry about people not liking me.
You see, I didn’t want to be an annoying guest and ask to change rooms when I first felt uncomfortable with the Egyptian man who kept staring at me.
If I had just done what my gut told me to do the first day I wouldn’t have had such a scary situation and peed on shoes.
I was happy to leave Milan with a friend who had joined me for my last night in the city. We both traveleld together up to Trento and spent a week with other travel blogging friends at Traverse. I was so, so excited for this conference. I was craving to be surrounded by people who got me, people who worked online, who understood how much work it was to travel and work, who loved to talk business and share their successes.
I was surrounded by these people but was also disappointed with the amount I drank as there was an event every night from Tuesday through until Sunday. People always wanted me to stay out later but I knew that this whole drinking culture and late nights was no longer my thing. It was the conferences thing though so I continued pushing myself.
I was glad that I went to the conference but left feeling not as inspired as I had hoped to. Perhaps it was because I was just starting to lean away from blogging at this point but hadn’t realized it yet.
I was also really looking forward to getting home. In May I made a semi-last minute decision to book a ticket home for two weeks only to return to London for the Self Love Summit, a commitment I had made to myself way back in March. I spend around $1500 on the round trip flights and have zero regrets.
Going home for two weeks was the best thing I could have done for myself. I was able to just relax, have a room to myself and help my sister move to Moncton, New Brunswick. It was a 12-hour drive ONE WAY. I will happily never do that again.
My 5 days in London were absolute perfection. I met up with 3 wonderful friends, I attended the Self Love Summit which was so damn inspiring (highly recommend following @theselflovesummit on Instagram), I saw Mamma Mia, lounged in Hyde Park, walked around South Kensington pretending that I lived there and got to visit the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour (this was my 3rd time trying to get a ticket!).
One thing I learned: one day I will live in London. It feels like home.
What the heck is happening with Taylor’s Tracks?
Ha…if I could give you a straight answer that was simple I would! But the truth is that I have no freakin’ idea what I’m doing with Taylor’s Tracks. I do know that I don’t want to start a new brand for the new direction that I want to take. That new direction is going to focus on retreats, courses and products for women who are burnt out.
I want to teach women how to live their lives to their fullest and recover from burning themselves out. In less words, I want to teach women how to take care of and love themselves.
We’re so out of touch with our intuition, we’re so out of touch with what we actually want, we’re so out of touch with each other. I want to change that.
Taylor’s Tracks originally started as a happiness blog so it has really come full circle and I truly believe that I can make travel and self love/self care come together as one.
For sure, you can expect less travel content. In fact, I probably won’t be writing new travel posts but may be updating some old ones.
If you want to keep up to date with what’s happening you’ll find it all on Instagram, @taylorstracks.
What’s new on the blog
I’ve been keeping quiet on a little side project that I’ve been working on that is actually travel related…
I have officially made Bali itineraries! I’ve crafted what I believe are 3 perfect itineraries for first-timers in Bali. Two are 1 week long and 1 is 2 weeks long. One is focused on a relaxation week of beaches and cocktails, the second is focused on nature and culture while the third is a combination of the two.
In them I share all my recommendations from where to stay, where to eat, where to go, what to do, how to get around and extra tips.
My goal with these was to make them as affordable as possible so that as many people as possible can experience the beauty, spirituality and vibe of Bali, aka my favourite place ever.
What I’ve read this month
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza: This book was so, so eye-opening. A friend recommended it to me when she realized I was ready to go through some life changes. This book is seriously a game changer and will help you notice how you’re holding yourself back.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: This book I got off of Manifestation Babe’s recommended reading list. It is all about your mindset about money and explains a few simple steps you should take in order to get yourself ready to receive money, convince yourself you’re worthy of more money and how to think your way to riches.
Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson: I can not recommend this book enough! I loved Mark’s first book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and this one is just as stellar. It’s got some eye-opening realizations about our future individually and as a culture. I also just so appreciate Mark’s extra blunt, say it how it is, style of writing.
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis: Rachel tells it how it is and I adore her for it. Her attitude and tough love is just what I need. I also love how she gives steps for you to take action. It’s not just a book that inspires you but also gives you tools to start living your dream life now. I’ve got a total girl crush on Rachel and her book just made me love her even more, she’s killing it in life and business!
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money that the Middle Class Does Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki: I gotta admit, I was a little disappointed with this book for how popular is it. I do think it is inspiring but I felt like I kinda knew what he was saying and the things I didn’t know he didn’t go into detail on to help me understand. However, if you’re totally new to starting to take control of your money then I think it is an excellent read.
That’s it from me this month, chat with ya in August!
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