Final week of August Break photo challenge, with Susannah Conway. It’s an informal challenge, and you can join us at any time during August.

Day 28: Adventure

“London; How I See You” by Doyu Min Seo

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” ~ André Gide

I always used to think that “adventure” had to include foreign travel – but as my friend @morwhennawoolcock (AKA “The Creative Adventurer”) points out, you can have an adventure on your own doorstep.

Since 2015 I’ve been exploring London with my iPhone, and it feels every bit as much of an adventure as when I’ve explored cities abroad – even though I’ve lived here for over 30 years!

Sometimes the greatest adventure is right under your nose: the adventure of discovering yourself.

Day 29: Yes!

Sculpture by Renato Meneghetti in Bratislava

I’ve noticed a definite shift in the past couple of years: previously, there was a lot of advice on the internet about how to say “no”, to avoid becoming a general dogsbody. More recently, people have been writing about how their lives have changed through saying “yes” more often.

When I was younger, I used to say yes to opportunities – especially if they involved travel. And even though those opportunities didn’t always work out for the best, I was confident there would be other opportunities to say yes to, just over the horizon.

Around ten years ago, I lost my confidence and started saying yes to the wrong things – and it’s been a tough few years.

Now, I realise the importance of saying “Yes!” to myself: listening (at last) to the still, small voice inside – the voice that always guided me in the past and got drowned out by internal dialogue in more recent years.

The internal dialogue is still there – but I won’t allow it to run the show any more. I won’t allow it to stop me from saying “Yes!” to what lights me up.

Day 30: I Believe


I believe that worrying about things you can’t control is a waste of energy.

Instead I focus my energy on things I have the power to change.

Day 31: August was…

August was an opportunity to reflect – and to rediscover my voice; an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

photo credit Elaine Hopkins, writer and walker

2 thoughts on “August Break 2017 – Final Week

  1. Hi there! This is such an important post. I believe travel also helps nurture the spirit and the soul. I’m a homebody, but I do want to see the world; I haven’t traveled much and I so want to see Europe, but at this point in my life, it’s impossible. So I can live vicariously through you!
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  2. Julia Barnickle

    Thank you Beth – sorry I didn’t spot your comment sooner. I feel the same way as you, but in reverse – I’ve not visited the USA, apart from one week at a music conference in LA, so I enjoy seeing American friends’ photos and films of their neighbourhood!

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