About eight months ago I started having sporadic panic attacks.
The first was in the Co-Op on an otherwise average day and it really took me by surprise. At the time I didn’t even think it was a panic attack. I just thought I was getting ill. Either that or I’d got overly excited about the discounted food section.
But then as time passed, they became more frequent. They became more concerning.
And in recent weeks they’ve been happening almost daily. On some days they even happen twice – lucky me!
This is something I’ve never experienced before. Panic attacks haven’t really been a thing for me since I was in college. And even then it was very rare.
But this recent change has made me reflect more on life and the need to take care of our bodies, both mentally and physically.
So while it’s really shit, I think I may have found the silver lining to my anxious cloud.
It’s helped to give me more focus for this blog.
One of the problems I’ve always had with this blog was that I wanted it to focus so much on travel, that I barely wrote anything if it wasn’t going to be awesome travel content.
But the reality is we’ve been settled in Cornwall for a while now and despite our intention to travel to Asia at the end of the year, we’ve not been doing a whole lot of moving around these last 10 months or so.
And then the Coronavirus hit and now all our travel plans have been firmly placed on hold. Christmas in Asia is looking like a far off dream now.
And it became to me that my distinct lack of blog posts over the past few years has been because I’ve niched myself into a genre I cannot fully commit to – at least not yet – and I was limiting what I was sharing because of it.
I wasn’t always being honest or just using this as a space to share my thoughts, advice or experiences unless they were travel related.
But that’s about to change.
I’ve been given time to think
Lockdown has been a real eye-opener for me.
Faced with months of uncertainty, lockdown, being semi-house bound and not being able to go home to see our family, you really start to think about what’s important.
It gave me a chance to re-evaluate.
So I decided I want this blog to be more than just a recap on our travels as and when they happen.
I want it to be a place to inspire anyone who stops by to live simply and happily – whatever happiness looks like to them.
To tackle difficult issues head-on if that’s what you need to do.
And I want it to be a place where I can share my thoughts and be 100% honest about our lives. But I also want it to be somewhere I can share our adventures, give advice and just generally write for myself.
I spend so much of my time writing for others that I also need to take control of my own space and fill it with my own words.
So here’s to the next chapter!
My aim in life is just to be happy, stress less and live more – and I want to encourage others to do the same!
So here it is. Welcome to Larkin Around 2.0.
I’ll be sharing lots of things about travel, wellness, mental health, food, career and whatever else comes to my mind along the way.
I really hope to update the blog weekly from now on (I know, I know… I tell myself this all the time!), so please do sign up for the newsletter or check back in with us soon.
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Until the next post, stay safe wherever you may be.