I write thousands of words every day in my PR and communications role. Yet when I first started this blog I had no real idea how to begin, what content I should publish first or even what my main focus was.
In fact, I wrote a few mediocre blog posts – deleted most – and just found myself becoming increasingly frustrated. Maybe I’m just too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my own content. Plus, finding the energy to write in my free time was hard when I spent all week writing at work.
But I have since done a spot of spring cleaning and given the blog a bit of a makeover. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to give a proper introduction to myself, my husband and what Larkin Around is all about.
Who are we?
Hi, my name’s Natashia Larkin. But you can call me Tash. I’m a 25 year old PR & communications assistant and travel enthusiast, on a journey of self-discovery. And this is my husband, Danny. He’s my inspiration, my partner in crime and the star of most of my photos.
Larkin Around is our passion project. A way for us to share our adventures, tips and advice as we plan to trade in the 9-5 for a life of travel and minimalism.
What was the inspiration behind Larkin Around?
Larkin Around started as a way to keep our family updated on our travels back in 2015, when we went on a three month road trip around Europe.
After we returned from this trip we jumped straight back into work. But we’d caught the bug, and we knew it wouldn’t be too long before we set off on our next big adventure. Or so we thought.
We got engaged in May 2016, planning for it to be a long engagement. But sadly some life changing news meant we decided to bring our wedding forward and push our travelling plans back.
Just six days after our wedding, we lost a huge part of our family. But from this loss, we gained an entirely new outlook on life, which has since shaped how we plan to spend our future.
And it was also that loss which inspired me to get Larkin Around up and running again. We have now moved over to a new site, and begun to focus on travel and wellness. Particularly when it comes to mental wellbeing.
As part of this venture we were published on lifestyle and wellness blog, Tiny Buddah. The success of the piece sparked a new dream – we want to become full-time digital nomads and travel the world.
And so this blog is a way for us to document our journey. Our escape from the 9-5 and the new life we’ll begin as husband and wife. Embracing simplicity, positivity and adventure.
What does travel and wellness mean to us?
We’ve been through a lot over the last two years, and this has ignited a passion and deeper understanding for the importance of wellness. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I’m always keen to practise new ways to achieve a quieter mind.
We’ve always wanted to travel again. And our new ‘life is too short’ mantra is only pushing us to go further. We want to see everything the world has to offer and make our dreams a reality.
Wellness is all about growth and living your best life. And we think that travel and new experiences are a huge part of this. So it made sense to combine the two and produce a blog that encourages mindfulness, health, travel and meaningful experiences.
We’re by no means experts, in fact we’re just starting out on this exciting journey – but we’d love you to join us! Subscribe to our site for more updates, follow us on social media or get in touch. We love to hear from like-minded people.