If you asked me 5 years ago if I knew what I was going to be doing with my life, if I would’ve settled down and had it all figured out by now, I probably would’ve said, “in 5 years? I had better have it all figured out!” But life’s a funny thing. I’m pretty sure none of us actually have it figured out. And those who claim they do, or seem to have all their ducks in a row… well, they’re faking it too, they just don’t know it yet.
This week, 5 years ago, The Mellyboo Project was born. I had just come back from 3 weeks in Europe, and was about to embark on a working holiday in Australia. I was young and still trying to heal my broken heart and figure out what to do with my life. I so scared on the inside – but desperately needing change, so I figured a couple months abroad would help me figure things out. Best of all, I started this little blog in the yellow and purple painted bedroom in basement of my parents house.
I had absolutely no idea of the adventures it would take me on. I had no idea that thanks to this blog I would end up living abroad for a year and a half more than I intended. I had no idea that I would wind up spending 6 months over 2 years camping through Africa (keep in mind, I’d never camped a day in my life prior to my travels) all while WORKING for an amazing local South African based tour company. I had no idea that I would be able to make enough money to support myself solely from this blog. I also had no idea that this little blog would help me gain the self-confidence that I needed to not only give me amazing travel and work opportunities, but also to win over the love of my life.
When I started this blog, I had no intention of anyone ever reading it, and if anyone did – it was likely only going to be my mother. Fast forward 5 years… and people from more than 160 countries around the world have logged on and taken a peek at what I’ve had to say. It’s mind-boggling!
In the last year or so, I’ve been pretty neglectful when it’s come to The Mellyboo Project. A more stationary life took over, my day job and a battle with depression and anxiety consumed all my mental energy. In some ways I felt as though I was a fraud. My blog’s tag line is “living life on my own terms” – and I wasn’t. And while I could go on and give you a sob story, that isn’t what this post is about. Life is full of twists and turns; highs as high as Mount Everest, and lows that are as deep as the depths of the ocean. The thing to keep in mind, though, is that it’s an every-changing, ever-evolving journey.
This blog has helped serve as a reminder of all that, and all that I’ve accomplished in the last 5 years. So the question still remains… do I have it all figured out? HECK NO. Some days I feel more lost than I did 5 years ago. Other days I look back at the last 5 years and am amazed at everything I’ve accomplished. I’ve been to 24 new countries, I now regard many places around the world to be ‘home in my heart’, and in many ways I’ve grown as a person.
So, thank you, little blog, I’m so proud of where we’ve come together over the last 5 years– and the journeys we’ve taken – both literal journeys around the world, and journeys of self-development & self-discovery.