(Insert hazy flash back)... Me: five years ago. Barely able to walk for the pain, in and out of surgeries, slogging out 12 hour days in IT project management for a company that had grown too large to prioritise compassion.
Determined and ambitious, I became a prescription painkiller addict to be able to keep working.
Sounds grim, but it turns out well, I promise.
Eventually, my body won. I left my job, lost my home, all my income and all my security. At 27, I
was facing homelessness. Not ideal for a self-confessed control freak, whose boyfriend cheekily moved photo frames a half inch to the left just to watch me unconsciously move it back every day.
(I didn't know we were playing this hilarious game.)
Finding creative ways to support myself and recover, I remembered all the things I had loved as a child; writing, poetry, dance, exploring, learning, playing - and I committed to doing them all again.
I also made a firm commitment to my health as a path to happiness.
As is the case in many gorgeous transformations, a series of small things led to this big change.
The sound of a friend asking me "why?" until I ran out of excuses, a chance meeting with someone who had the life I knew I really wanted, the ease and openness I saw in people living lifestyles different to mine. Even regularly eating at a restaurant who didn't shame me for being too poor
to pay more than a few dollars.
So I stepped up.
I gently pried open my tightly closed eyes to the childlike curiosity that always bubbles within me, and it brought me experiences I could only dream of before; including filming at the Titanic studios in Belfast, free swimming with wild sharks on a conservation expedition in the Azores,
singing on the telly with Colin Hay in London, and publishing my first book of poetry.
But my work is just beginning. I am on a lifelong mission to impress myself.
Now I am offering my sense of adventure and discovery to the world through Project Curious, a breathtaking, one-bag global exploration of what is possible - using only words to pay my way.
Follow me as I turn the world into my playground.