How Long is a Decade?


Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
–          Earl Nightingale

I was listening to a lecture this week and in it the question was posed: ‘How long is a decade?’

In my typical fashion I jumped to an immediate conclusion (answer: not that long) then I thought about it (the opposite to most peoples’ decision making process, think first, decide after thinking).

So once I’d thought, I decided, it’s quite a long time!

In the last decade of my life I have:

  • Moved to Sweden to study and travel around Europe,
Snow Covered Bicycles in Lund, Sweden

Snow Covered Bicycles in Lund, Sweden

  • Travelled solo for the first time,
  • Fallen in love,
Me and the Beau at a Dress Up Party, busy falling in love <3

Me and the Beau at a Dress Up Party, busy falling in love

  • Spent Valentines’ Day in Poland with an old friend, freezing and walking very fast around the city to try and avoid frostbite,
  • Gone dog sledding with my best friend above the Arctic Circle,

Dog Sledding

  • Learned a lot about relationships from having a really bad one that my mum saved me from (by lending me the money to go to Sweden to study),
  • Got my first grad job in one of the big four. Hated it. Stuck with it for 15 loooong months,
  • During said terrible job, managed to both top the company nationally on one of the CA exams, and fail one. Even at the time that made me laugh,
  • Packed up my life and moved to London to sleep on friends’ floors and hope for quick employment,
The London Eye

The London Eye

  • Achieved desired quick employment, then very quickly found alternative employment,
  • Then got the first job I’ve ever really liked, and the only job I’ve made really good friends at,
  • Cycled from Reims to Paris to raise money for charity, met my husband on fundraising for the trip and we had our first kiss under the Eiffel Tower (oh the romance! You couldn’t make that up!!),
  • Travelled to almost 50 countries,
Waking up in the Ntwetwe Salt Pans, Botswana

Waking up in the Ntwetwe Salt Pans, Botswana

  • Spent a year travelling the world as husbandito and I moved from London to Sydney,
  • Got engaged in Richmond Park, London wearing a reflector vest,
That red ring is my engagement ring!

That red ring is my engagement ring!

  • Got married in Watsons Bay, Sydney, overlooking the harbour and city skyline,
Best Day of My Life

Best Day of My Life

  • Got pregnant,
Me and My Bump at 36 Weeks

Me and My Bump at 36 Weeks

  • By the time you read this, will probably no longer be pregnant!
  • Bought a flat,
  • Forged a career that I didn’t love, took a leap and left it for a completely different employ,
  • Qualified as a holistic health coach,
  • Bought a horse,
I Love Lily!

I Love Lily!

  • Became an aunt,
  • Lived in Sydney, Sweden, London and Sydney again,
  • And do many more adventures and misadventures!

The time will pass, but it’s what you do with the time that’s important.

Me right now?

I’m about to have a child, and try to work out how to keep life fun (I KNOW it’ll be an adventure of some sort!).

I’m building The Everyday Adventure to help other people have an amazing decade, and shape a life that’s worth living.

I’m planning some travel, and how to fit it in with life with a child.

I’m reading and learning as much as I can.

I’m helping clients eat for energy to live a fuller life.

I’m helping clients live a life that’s worth living, that fills them with excitement and joy!

What are you doing to shape your next decade?

As the wise Earl says, don’t give up on your dreams because of the length of time they will take to achieve. Make your dreams a reality by working on them every day so when you look back in another decade you’ve lived a life you chose, and shaped, and loved…






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4 Comments on How Long is a Decade?

  1. Anita
    September 10, 2013 at 12:43 AM (4 years ago)

    Wow, inspirational, what a jam packed decade! I love the pics too.

    • admin
      September 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks Anita! x

  2. Anna @ Your Healthy Place
    September 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM (4 years ago)

    Love this message! And the pics! You’ve lived such a full life in 10 years – great inspiration for me to get on living that everyday adventure too ;). xxx

    • admin
      September 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks Anna – yes get out there and be adventurous! xx


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