The last couple of weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride, which I guess could be blamed on a combination of goodbyes, jet lag and also brand new beginnings. First thing though – I said au revoir to France. I’m sad to say my travel adventure has finished. During the last 3+ months I have fallen more in love with France. I have fallen more in love with traveling and seeing new places, eating new foods and experiencing new things. Actually I have fallen more in love with my life.

The saying ‘don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ is spinning around and around my head and I wonder if it’s possible to cry and smile at the same time? Surely you can be grateful for experiences that occurred and the memories you have created but also be sad that that particular door has closed and that that season is over. That is exactly how I feel. I had the most incredible trip. I was so fortunate to see and do many things, in fact many more things than I imagined. It’s clear to me that for the last few months I was doing exactly the right thing… I was on the right path and my heart, head-space and health has all been rewarded for it.


Pathways of Provence


I was chatting to one of my very wise and adventurous friends a few days ago (when I was sitting at the airport) about how sad I was that my travels were all coming to an end and she said ‘adventures don’t have to end, there is just a little pause before another one begins‘. It’s such a simple but accurate answer.  So with that in mind I’m embracing the ‘pause’ and being thankful for it because with it comes many great things; the chance to spend time with my family, friends and my beautiful Sari girl.  It also gives me the opportunity to take on new challenges and start a new job, create new friendships and spend time focusing on my business.

So if I keep thinking along the lines that this time is a just a ‘pause in my adventure’, does that mean that my life will now be unadventurous and dull? One of my fears is that my life will all seem a bit mundane now. I don’t want to go back to the same thought patterns, the same discussions or same problems I was having 4 months ago, I want to keep living (like really living!) I want to keep looking at things through new, fresh eyes and with a renewed energy and joy.  I want to continually learn and grow, constantly creating a better version of myself.

I choose to believe that my trip ended because other doors are going to open.  If I had doubts before that God is really in control of my life, over the last few months they seemed to melt away like snowflakes on a warm day.  I trusted and he provided.  I’ve actually already seen a few more doors open for me and I’m incredibly thankful for them and excited about them. I’m looking forward to seeing where my new job will take me; what I will learn and how I will grow.  I want to positively impact the people around me.  I’m also looking forward to showing you some of my new Love Bites Lifestyle ranges, which are so pretty and perfect for Christmas. (Want to see them?)

The opening of new doors and new beginnings are always an adventure, so it seems that even the time while my travel adventures are actually on ‘pause’ will become an wonderful adventure of its own!  Are you living a grateful, enjoyable, adventurous life? Let’s do this together… x


Doors of France



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2 Responses to Pause

  1. Lucinda says:

    Beautifully written, Jen! You’re such an inspiration x

  2. Julie says:

    You are an amazing human being, welcome home!

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