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Over the last year or two, I’ve been feeling a little restless, searching for something different.

I’ve described it, to those who have asked, as a feeling of starting to stagnate – starting to struggle to find the joy in the work that I do.

I’ve searched high and low for the next step, considering all sorts of jobs… mountain bike trail builder, welder, mechanic, outdoors shop assistant, lorry driver. Nothing was sitting right with me.

The best advice I was given was to stop targeting random jobs and to work out what it is I really enjoy! I wittled it down to cold weather, photography, and coaching and instructing people in the great outdoors.

1. Cold weather – Sometimes the weather is just too warm! You can always put layers on, but it gets to a point where you can’t take anymore off without being arrested! Plus, everything looks better under a blanket of snow.

2. Photography – You’ll come to know that I love taking pictures. Partly to document my adventures, partly to share with those that were and/or weren’t there, and partly to inspire others to get out there and see this amazing world for themselves.

3. Coaching/instructing – I love the great outdoors, and being able to help others explore it and appreciate it for themselves is incredible. Even more so if they can take away a new skill with them to go along with their experience and memories.

Enter Abernethy Ardeonaig. I applied for an instructor position, went for an interview before Christmas, and in the new year, I was offered and accepted the job! The start of a new adventure. And I start next week.

I have been determined to move north. It’ll be colder and closer to the Scottish Highlands for getting out and taking pictures.

I’m sad to leave my friends and colleagues in Newcastleton. I love the way we work and play together, can always rely on each other for help (if you need it) and just “do life” together as a family. It will be hard to not see that family daily and to find my place in a new family and grow with them.

I’m starting this blog as a way to document my adventures, share some pictures, and keep all my friends, family, and anyone else who’s interested, up-to-date with my comings and goings. Thank you for taking the time to read this and showing an interest in my life, and I hope you continue to read and enjoy my future posts as I journey on in my many adventures.

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