The last few months have been crazy. Most days I’ve been in a new city or volunteering with a different charity, yet a few weeks ago, I became unhappy.
I don’t know what it was, but the ‘One Goal. One Journey. One Man.’ motto I pride John’s Road to Volunteering on, seemed to have disappeared, along with my passion for making a difference.
I love volunteering and giving my time to others, but I felt it wasn’t doing enough. It was impacting everything I was doing and I knew things had to change. I knew to change, I’d once again need to step outside of my comfort zone and to grab life by the balls.
I was beginning to question who I was, what I was doing and what I wanted to achieve next, so I took a step back. It’s the only thing I know.
Taking a step back gave me the time I needed to figure out what I need to do next, and with time, I brought things forward.
I want to live my life to the full and to create the legacy I want. Bringing things forward puts me under the pressure I like being under, and the creativity started to flow.
By taking John’s Road to Volunteering to the next level, I’ll develop too. For the majority of the last few years, I’ve taken control of my journey and have developed in a way that suits me by running projects that’ve pushed my love for individual resilience, and here comes the start of my £1 million fundraising challenge.
Originally the challenge was going to start later this year, but I’ve scrapped the ideas. I’ve scrapped the ideas as something wasn’t right. You know the feeling when you question whether something is the best option, I decided to make a quick decision and to start from scratch.
I upset a few people, but things in life don’t always go smoothly. Since blogging, I’ve made some tough decisions, and have said goodbye to projects and people at unexpected times, but I need to do what’s right for me. I need to do what’s right for me, so I can help more people.
Keeping things simple is what I prefer when sharing my story, and it’s the very preference I’m focusing on from now on. John’s Road to Volunteering will now be a story-telling platform, with more personal posts, insights into my inner thoughts, without all the crap of a sidebar, footer and all the aesthetics. I want my minimalistic lifestyle to be present on the blog.
The simple design keeps things fresh. I like to change the blog theme every 6 months, as I my wants/needs change.
Looking out onto the motorway on top of St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester, the next project was decided. The next project that’ll see me…WALK OVER 500 MILES!!
The 500 miles (more looking like 550 at present) will see me in January 2018 walk from Southampton to Scotland (undecided what part) to thank the charity where my journey was born.
I feel my journey would have never started without their warm welcome to their volunteering family, and it’s time to show my appreciation.
The 550(?) miles will see me battle the demons I once faced, the critics who’ll think it won’t be achieved and experience once again the incredible support being there for me as I push my journey forward.
More news about the challenge will be shared once it’s been confirmed and for now…
I hope you’ve enjoyed my first blog back on the scene and please do browse the new looking John’s Road to Volunteering and let me know what you think!