Meet The Welsh Nomad

I do what I love and love what I do !!

In Bamgkok ready to go!!
Teaching children English in Cambodia :)Cooking class in Halong Bay, Vietnam :)Afternoon with the elephants in Pai :)

Before I start I’d like to share a little bit about myself……

I’m Mei, aka ‘Welsh Nomad’ and I’m originally from Wales but spent the last 17 years travelling the world and loving every minute of it!! My expat life started in the year 200 when I went to Saudi Arabia to work as a nurse to pay off some debts but ended up spending all my money so had to stay for longer!! I then moved to live in Abu Dhabi and worked as a nurse there for 10 years where I met my husband. After Abu Dhabi I moved to Spain to live for 3 years, but unfortunately during this time my marriage ended so feeling a bit lost as to in which direction my life was going. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to hit the road again and do what I love….travelling!! This time was different as I was no longer working as a nurse but working mainly online, teaching English and counselling clients via skype.

The last 2 years I’ve been living a ‘location free’ lifestyle living mainly in Thailand but also travelling around Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. I’m currently in Sri Lanka for a few months and after that who knows……!!

During my time living as an expat and travelling around I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience that I’d love to share with you. We often choose to live in a different country or travel to escape our problems but guess what they come along with you!! Travelling is amazing but it can also be challenging so I love to share the common questions people ask me as it’s not always sunshine and beaches all the time (just most of the time!!).

I hope you find this useful and would love to hear your experiences or please feel free to ask me any other questions.

Mei xx

 

 

 

Inspiring Others

This week I want to share with you how I got into Louise Hay’s work and she inspired me to believe ‘I can do it!!’ She’s an amazing woman and looks great and recently celebrated her 90th birthday. I’m so grateful for finding her work and love sharing it worldwide as I go on my travels. So how did I get into her work? I came across her work when I was living in Abu Dhabi and attended a workshop based on her book, ‘You Can Heal Your Life.’ I was at a low point in my life and blamed everyone else for my unhappiness instead of taking responsibility for my own feelings….it was easier that way !! I also had a very low self-esteem and covered this up well with the partying lifestyle always being the life and soul of the party. I attended the workshop and loved the part that if you loved and approved of yourself exactly as you are then this was reflected back to you in your family and friends. I did some work on this and it seemed like all the people I was blaming changed overnight!! I loved the power of the workshop and decided I wanted to train as a workshop leader to share her philosophy so I booked the course immediately and flew to Johannesburg in South Africa a few months later. The training was amazing ran by the wonderful Ashika Singh (https://passionforyourlife.wordpress.com/) and while I thought it was about learning to run workshops which it was, it was also doing some work on ourselves too which is really important. As the saying goes we can be a master...

Wise Words From A Buddhist Monk

This week is about managing your time effectively, we feel we have so much to do and not enough hours in the day….sound familiar? One of the main things I’ve learnt about becoming a female entrepreneur is making time for myself. It’s taken me a while to realise that it’s about working smarter and not working harder and the ‘ME’ time is so important to give us time to regenerate, reflect and refocus and be more productive. I want to share an interesting conversation I had with a Buddhist Monk during my Louise Hay Coaching training in the UK in 2012. He was a lovely man and worked in the corporate world as a Life Coach for 3 months and spent the remaining 9 months of the year living as a monk in the Himalayas. It seemed the different parts of his life are worlds apart but he shared some words of wisdom with me. We talked about time management and this is what he said to me, ”We can either priorotise our focus or focus our prioroties.” What did he mean by this? He said most people have their to-do list for the day and when they have time they’ll meditate or have breaks and do something for themselves. In reality we know this might not happen as we get caught up in our work not wanting to lose momentum. He suggested making the time to meditate or go for a walk a priority  and plan our work around that instead of the other way round.  His words havestuck in my head and definitely helped me to manage my ‘Me Time’  better. My favourite way to...

Caught The Travel Bug!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my recent blogs travelling around South East Asia. So when did it all begin? You wouldn’t have thought that this shy little Welsh girl who grew up on a farm in Wales would have ended up travelling the world!! It all started after  i’d just turned 18 and in the summer of 1991 I was waiting for my A level results with my predicted grades to go to Cardiff University. Anyway I didn’t end up get the grades I needed so it was decision time – do I resit my exams or go to the local technology college? I ended up back at the local technology college with all the girls who dropped out of school at 16. It didn’t seem fair as I’d stayed on an extra 2 years and worked hard and ended up in the same place as these girls. I had been stubborn to not go back to see my headmaster for some advice but I did eventually and he managed to get me a place at Anglia Polytechnic University at Chelmsford in Essex. I hadn’t been to London on my own before but off I went on the train from Swansea to Paddington very excited to go on my big adventure. I arrived in London and it seemed so big and suddenly I felt scared and my first reaction was to find the next train back to Swansea . Then something stopped me in my tracks and I thought ‘I CAN DO THIS!!’ I started asking the underground staff how to get to Liverpool street as all the station names were foreign to me...

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