A few years ago, a friend of mine decided that she was going to walk the Camino. She was older than me and I thought “If Jane can do this, then so can I”. Anyway, life and business got in the way, and even though I had every intention of walking this trek with my friends over the last two years, it never actually happened.
In 2015, a business colleague of mine named Jackie Jarvis also set sail for the Camino trail. Following her blog and knowing the challenges that she had to overcome I knew that this was something that I needed to complete – I can’t explain it, I just know I have to do it.
I don’t have many regrets in my life, but if there was one thing that I could change it would be to have travelled more and explored the world. I never went to Uni, and I was in full time employement from the age of 16. I bought my first house at the age of 19 and before I knew it, I had financial commitments and a lifestyle that I needed to keep up with. Travelling was just something that other people did, until now.
I have the best family in the world! My husband is 100% supportive in all of the challenges that I decide to embark on, and I am also lucky that my daughter shares my sense of adventure.
After a return trip from Dubai, I mentioned to my husband that I have been thinking about walking the Camino, and he said “if it is something you really want to do, then go for it”. He was comfortable with me taking our 13 year old daughter with me, but he said he would feel better if there were more of us going, so I asked my best friend Julie. I have known Julie since I was four years old, and we have a special relationship. If I was going to do this challenge, I could not think of anyone better than my best friend to be by my side. I did a little dance when she said yes!
So, this blog is about our journey. Apparently, there are two journies on the Camino – the Inner journey, and the Outer journey.
As far as I am concerned, the journey starts now, not just when we take our first steps on the Camino.
Update December 2016
Since returning from part two of our Camino I feel inspired to make my life happier. Don’t get me wrong, I am not unhappy at all. I have a wonderful family, a challenging job which I love, but I know that there is always room for more – the Camino has shown me that. I have created a happiness programme for 2017, and I shall be recording my adventures on this blog.