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One of the most difficult things I find about running a blog is trying to come up with a unique and interesting first sentence for each and every post I write.

It has to be catchy. It has to be exciting. It has to draw people in like moths to a flame, and not let them go before they get to the end of the page (or, you know, the next 7 pages if ya fancy a binge read).

More often than not it takes me at least three attempts to get something that doesn’t sound so painfully awkward it makes you want to gouge your eyeballs out with a spoon. And this, my friends, is one of those times.

I’ve been sat here for more than half an hour typing a few words, deleting a few words, typing a few words, deleting a few words, and so on and so forth. I know exactly what I want to say, I just can’t think of an interesting way to get the ball rolling.

So let’s just jump right in shall we?

I disappeared.

Not in a face on the back of a milk carton oh my lord where’s she gone? kind of way, but more of an accidental oops, I forgot to post on the blog, promote and update all forms of social media for a month LOL what’m I like? type deal.

It’s been almost a month now since I shared this very dramatic post detailing a few less than desirable incidents that happened to me on my first visit to India, and since then there hasn’t been a peep out of me over here.

See, I went to Goa for 10 days with my best friend and HOLY MOLY I had such an amazing time I barely even looked at my phone (except to read Buzzfeed, play Pokemon Go and post the occasional Instagram snap, of course). We ate ice cream almost every day, explored old forts, took walks on the beach and delighted in counting how many yoga mats we could spot in a day, and it was the best time.

Then I came back to the UK (this was last week, FYI), phone chockablock of nice photos, head full of blog post ideas, fully intent on locking myself away for three days to just write and write and write.

But you know that saying about buses? About how you wait forever for one and then six million all come hurtling towards you at once?

The same can be said for working freelance.

Since being back, I have been absolutely drowning in freelance work. Which I’m not complaining about (except I kind of am) as it’s an absolute blessing for my post-holiday, pre-Christmas bank account, but I just want to write about Goa, goddamnit! 

Hopefully I should be done by this weekend though, and can get on with sharing all the fun stuff from early next week!

On another note, some of the more eagle-eyed frequent flyers here may have noticed that I’ve tentatively started to redesign the website.

That gem of an idea started back in June when I thought it’d be a FAB idea to start from scratch and build a brand spanking new website by myself with absolutely no design skills and zero clue on how building computer things works.

So after three months of playing with things I knew nothing about, I conceded defeat and just bought a new template. Et voila, here we are.

I’ve been trying to sort of streamline the whole site to make it more easily navigable, as it was always kind of higgledy-piggledy before, and this particular design is perfect for that.

Without wanting to confine myself to one single box, this is primarily a travel blog. However, I do tend to occasionally delve into some lifestyle and “real-life” type posts, and with the old layout, there wasn’t really a place for any of that.

The menu on the old site was somewhat restrictive, and, amongst others, my series of posts on dealing with my mother’s death didn’t really have a home. They didn’t belong anywhere. With this shiny new design, these kinds of posts can have their own little place to live under the About tab, which I’m more than happy with.

The site is still a work in progress, as Goa happened right as I was really getting into the swing of things, and I’m still not entirely happy with basically anything, but hang tight because as soon as this freelance gig is out of the way I’ll be ON IT! In the meantime, feel free to have a browse of my shiny new About Me and About the Blog pages, which I admittedly spent way too much time on.

This was a very rambly and nonsensical post, for which I can only apologise, but my blogging feet were getting way too itchy to wait until next week so I figured I’d just pop in to say hi.