4 things I learnt about life in 2014.

With 2015 well and truly under way and the party season over I can finally do my washing, put on a season of Community and settle in to getting some work done again.

I just got home from my first gym sesh of 2015 and it feels awesome. This year my new years resolution is to really focus on my health. The last eight months have been difficult and I have let a lot of things slide as I focussed on my career. I don’t regret it, my time in London was hugely successful and I’m really proud of what I achieved. It has been a dream of mine to live and work there for a long time and when I go back later in the year I will be even better equipped for life in the UK.

So with my resolution for 2015 already decided on I thought I would take a look back at what I learned about life in 2014.



1 – The scenery may change but your baggage goes with you.

Moving to London felt like a chance at a fresh start for me after a very difficult 18 months leading up to my trip. Those of you who were following the blog through this time will know that depression and anxiety had resulted in me becoming self destructive. But whether it was six weeks sailing or moving to another country the problems I was having didn’t just disappear.

I learned that unless you actively work to deal with your problems then it doesn’t matter how far you run, just like your shadow your problems will always be with you.

2 – Just because a goal gets delayed it doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen.

There were times when I got so down on myself for not reaching my goals that I began to feel like a failure all the time. Life is fluid, it moves and changes every day and so do our circumstances. Setting a time limit on a goal is a good way to stay motivated but always remember your goal is what’s really important not the time table. It took me ten years to get to Europe but I did it and the success was all the sweeter for it. Always have faith in your ability to accomplish what you set out to achieve.

3 – The scary things are the most fun.

Okay maybe with the exception of eating vagina a lot of the scariest things that have happened to me over the last twelve months have been the most fun in the end. Moving to another country, starting a new job, putting everything on the line for one opportunity, and travelling to places where I couldn’t even order a coffee without help were scary. But it turns out that I had the time of my life. Scary things are actually us saying to ourselves this is new and unfamiliar. When something makes you nervous thats when you should go ahead and give it a go. I don’t always do it, but with out fear there can be no courage.

4 – Comparison will kill you.

Constantly comparing your life, body, looks, wealth, intelligence, dick size etc to others will kill you. Everybody has a story and everybody has a struggle. you’re no better or worse, you are just different. Focus on what you really want out of life for yourself and on what will make you happy, not on what others have that you don’t. It seems so damned obvious but we forget it all the time. It’s one of the reasons I hate the word “follower” is implies that I know something you don’t. I know nothing, my life is chaos most of the time, I’ve just been through enough to know it.

Here’s to an amazing year ahead.

Happiness and abundance to you all my friends.




3 thoughts on “4 things I learnt about life in 2014.

  • January 9, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Hi Shannon Love the short hair 🙂

    Your blogs are a source of inspiration.

    When you face those difficult times that you talk about, remember that you’ve made a positive impact on other people in the world. Not just people you know, but also those who stumbled across your website when they were facing their own difficulties and looking for something to help.

    Thanks for sharing your personality and being honest about life.

    Cant believe you were in London! Only found out when you’d gone.

    Best of luck in the year ahead.

  • January 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Well put Shannon and as most people have said you are an inspiration to all of us and you show us that nothing is impossible if we really try. Thank-you Shannon for just being you. Love you heaps.

  • January 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    1, yep. I remember reading a story of a gay man travelling from UK to OZ many many years ago and he learned the same thing. Just because you leave what you know behind doesn’t mean you leave that person you are in that location behind. You as the person you are goes to the new location too.

    2. Goals shouldn’t be considered a yearly thing. Goals are a life thing and some times they can be a life long to complete.

    3. I don’t know, spiders are scary things and I am quite happy for them to be scary 🙂

    4. this is too true. life isn’t a race with others and there is no winner at the end. “The race is long and in the end it’s only with yourself”

    You know Shannon you are very lucky man. You have done things that some only dream of, can’t do because life doesn’t give them the ability to or they are two scared too. Some people would never have the opportunity that you have had. You have visited many counties when typically people only get to do that when they are older and have plenty of cash.

    Sometimes we think that small things matter but really it’s only the big things in life. You are a likeable fellow and you sometimes say some good things. You are cute and hot and you have a great taste in sci fi 🙂


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