It’s crazy to think how far I’ve come. I remember filming myself last January for my first ever YouTube video, I spent ages editing it… and I just couldn’t post it.
I had 0 confidence in myself and it wasn’t the right time. I wasn’t blogging so I had not built the confidence to voice my opinion never mind FILMING MYSELF, that sh*t ain’t easy, but I am getting better!
It’s now been over a year and I am in the right headspace to join the YouTube world.
When I decided that I would be moving away, I knew that I wanted to document it for a number of reasons.
- My friends and family. I am very close with my family so to make the decision to move away was difficult, but knowing that they can watch my videos and keep up with my travels makes it that little bit easier.
- For myself. I have surprised myself with how well I am managing through this process and I know it will only get better. These videos will be a memory to myself of how far I’ve come with my anxiety and confidence.
- Of course, you guys!! I notice a lot that people who suffer from anxiety let their anxiety stop them from doing what they really want. I want my channel to be an open and safe space to show that you can work with your anxiety and turn dreams into reality.
What to expect from Travels with an Anxious Gal
I don’t have a set idea for my YouTube, but the theme that I have planned for the next few months is moving, travelling and stepping out my comfort zone, whilst having anxiety.
I’ve watched countless travel vlogs with the pretty music, the montage of all the highlights and of course it sells the dream, but I want to also include the real side of travelling.
Especially when you have anxiety.
Also, provide inspiration for people with anxiety. When I watch travel vlogs, they really do inspire me to travel and leave my home town, but as soon as a plan was ever even mentioned my anxiety was like… let’s just stay home.
The good thing is, there are ways to overcome, reduce and work with your anxiety which allowed me to enjoy the moving process and plan for the next chapter of my life.
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Who will be running and editing the channel?
I will be filming all the content for Travels of an Anxious Gal, and Lyle will be editing. We have always wanted to go into business together and this allows us to do that. Running my blog is a full-time job on its own and I don’t want to take anything away from it. Don’t worry, it ain’t going anywhere.
Filming and editing are new to both of us, we’re learning as time goes on – but stick with the dodgy editing and filming – it’ll get better.
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Let’s get onto the good stuff. Where the hell am I moving to and what is my plan?
Starting at the beginning, when I met Lyle a few years ago it was pretty clear we had the same end goal. Move away from the UK.
I had never travelled before, the yearly trip to Portugal with my family didn’t count so I wanted to get out of my comfort zone.
In 2019 we decided we would start to save and build a plan together for moving away. Sadly, COVID hit and our plans were put on hold. We decided we would wait it out and go in summer 2021.
Another bump in the road hit when Lyle lost his job in January 2021. I then received redundancy and I will finish my contract on the 31st of March 2021.
This was the turning point for us.
We could either worry for the coming months about us both being unemployed or we take the leap and move away like we always planned.
So here we are. Just under five weeks away from moving our whole life across to Indonesia.
It has been a roller coaster over the last 18 months, but it’s finally here.
How does this effect my blog?
I will continue to blog, write and create from Indonesia and continue Confessions of an Anxious Gal and Travels of an Anxious Gal.
I am not naive enough to think that moving to the other end of the world will be easy without my family, but my blog will be here to discuss the troubles I face along the way and provide tips and help that could inspire you to do a similar venture, even if you struggle with anxiety.
What’s the next steps for Confessions of an Anxious Gal?
The next steps for Confessions of an Anxious Gal are to grow, expand and share my knowledge with as many people as I possibly can. After blogging for the last year, I have realised that this is what I want to do. I want to create and write full time.
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