Chit Chatting & Thoughts For 2016

Hey, hi, hello!

I'm taking a break from blogging our travels to have a bit of a chit chat. I'm currently sat in our hostel in Hanoi, we're waiting for our sleeper train to Sapa which leaves at 10pm sooo I've got lots of time to ramble on.

First of all I'd just like to say, if you're still reading and visiting this online space, thank you for sticking with me through what has been quite a drastic change in content. I realise it's probably not all completely interesting but I'm writing it all down with the intention of getting the travel blog pages printed for when we get back, to always remember this time in our lives. I also very much intend to start putting together travel tips posts, which Shay will also help to contribute to for the male/female balance of things. It's mad to think we've already been away for over two months but we have and we've both learnt so much in that time. Everyday is a learning curve, not just about being out of our comfort zones, trying new things and making our way from country to country half way across the world from home, rather unexpectedly we've also learnt more about ourselves and being more comfortable in our own skin.

Taking an extended break, even for just a month or so is something I'd recommend for anyone to do. Being in Asia, where things don't run on time, and everything is just generally hectic and almost off-the-cuff I've learnt to be a lot more relaxed about things, everything always works out, so what's the point in getting stressed ya know? But then I do realise it's a completely different way of life here. Back at home, we're used to rules, regulations and strict timetables - the huffing, puffing and tutting on the train platform when the train gets delayed by one minute. I'm hoping my mind set will change when we get back to the UK.

Anyway, so obviously around this time of year thoughts lean towards the past year and the coming one, as well as goals and aspirations we have for ourselves. Without looking back at last year's 'New Year' post, I can't really remember what I promised for myself, but I can certainly say that I never thought I'd be sat in a hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam writing my resolutions for 2016. It's going to be a weird one, because I'll be spending the majority of the year in Australia if everything works out the way Shay and I think it will. I have a couple of personal, specific goals for this year, a particular achievement I wish to make by 31st December 2016 to do with fitness and development. But another goal is to learn Polish once and for all. Even just to be able to understand and speak a few words would feel like a real achievement so it's something I'm really going to focus on.

And turning my attention to this here little blog. The second half of 2015 was crazy to say the least, and I wasn't as pleased with the content I produced on This Particular compared to the first half of the year but that was mainly down to spare time and living space as we moved into a shared flat - take it from me, blogging is so much easier when you have your own space. But basically, I want to up my game. I have plans to move away from blogger FINALLY and go self-hosted, as well as categorising all the existing content, get back to focusing on food and really honing my photography skills. I've got big plans for This Particular, but I guess I just need to be in a more stable environment to carry it all out.

I think that's enough to be getting on with for now!

I hope you all had a glorious Christmas spending time with loved ones and you all enjoyed your New Years celebrations whatever you found yourself doing. Here's to a happier and healthier 2016.

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