It’s more than a little interesting to consider all the knock-on effects of any new given thing we choose to do, or to stop doing, or to change. For instance: we left England because we wanted to spend a year volunteering, without the hassle of balancing work alongside our donated time. We also wanted to explore new career opportunities, to see if there was anything in those new roles we wanted to hold tight.
One of the more unexpected outcomes was the direction Chris and I have taken in our careers. I had no plans at any point from roughly the age of 16 to try to write professionally, and yet here I am. Chris had given up on the world of IT more or less right after the Dot Com Crash in the early Naughties, and yet here he is.
And, of course, there’s this blog – What If and Why Not – a question and a statement and a quest, I suppose – the brainchild of a childless-by-choice couple, born out of a need to update friends and family, to make sense of the crazy decision we’d just taken, and, eventually (particularly for me), to write. What we didn’t expect was the community that would form around us: bloggers we’ve come to admire and respect and learn from constantly, readers who would make a point of reading us virtually every time we posted. We didn’t expect that perfect strangers thousands of miles away would be able to raise our spirits, give us food for thought, empathise and propose solutions.
One such extraordinary character can be found here on WordPress. She goes by Colgore on here, but I’m pretty sure most folks call her Coleen. She’s a yoga instructor by day and a word whittler by night (or the other way around? I’m not sure. Time differences, you know), and she absolutely. Cracks. Me. Up. She also makes me think, and she also comes over here to What If and Why Not to make us feel good about what we’ve got going on. What she’s got going on is called Prana and Peaches, and for whatever reason, she digs us enough to have nominated us for a bright and shiny: