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Why I decided to start a Travel & Lifestyle blog

By on October 31, 2017
Why I decided to start a Travel & Lifestyle Blog

As well as travel, I thought I would share my other passions and personal interests. So, why not start with the reasons why I decided to start a Travel & Lifestyle blog – the reasons how ‘Follow Every Heartbeat’ was created.

1. Reading other Travel & Lifestyle blogs

 Before blogs stole the limelight, I was always researching different countries, sourcing out the next holiday I could go on and reading the travel section in the newspapers and magazines. I love to follow lots of bloggers from fashion to travel to lifestyle. It’s such a fun way of discovering new things and new places.

Travel wise, I love researching blogs for top tips and itineraries for my next adventure! Blogs are so useful for this, I have learnt some great tips and top places to go/not to go. (It also makes my bucket list longer and longer each time – which isn’t a bad thing!) It’s great when you’re pushed for time and want to make the most of your visit – the bloggers do your research for you! It’s cheaper than books and when you find a blogger that likes the same things as you do, it can be the perfect match. So, I thought why not give this a go and see if I can inspire others and show my love of exploring new places.

Check out the blogger that I found really inspiring, Johnny Ward of One Step 4ward, he has travelled to EVERY country in the world, made a living from it and gives back to the less fortunate. He is one cool guy – TRAVEL GOALS!

2. An online journal 

I love looking a this blog as my own “Online Journal”. Even if a blog doesn’t get you where you want, it’s always going to be there to look back on. It basically is a journal and in my case, a travel journal! It will be so cool looking back on this in years to come…making them memories last forever! So, it’s always going to be there for me – even to show the grand-kids 😉

3. To inspire myself 

If you’ve read the ‘About‘ section on this blog, you will know I have a heart condition which I try not let it stop me living life and doing my thing! People always ask me how do I travel on my own, to far places with the chance of something heart related happening. Well, it actually drives me to go see the world and face new challenges even more. I feel that earth alone inspires me and I hope that with sharing my experiences, I can encourage others (you) to just go for it and not just dream your dreams, but live your dreams! We only have one chance to do life so, why not do it how you want! Leave the fears and worry behind – don’t think too much into it, just go for it and discover the joy 🙂

4. Design my own website

 I am 100% NOT tech savvy (lol) however, I do love a good challenge! I like being creative and hoped I could express this through making and designing a website for my blog. It has been really exciting but don’t get me wrong I was tempted on numerous occasions to hire a website designer and do it for me! Butttt, that’s being lazy and it was really important for me do it myself and achieve the accomplishment. Plus, as it is a personal Travel & Lifestyle blog, it makes that bit more special that it is all my own work and ideas. YouTube tutorials were my life savers, I learnt so much…mostly PATIENCE hahahaa!

(I plan to do a blog post on: ‘How to start your own blog’ – keep an eye out for it if, you are thinking of starting your own blog. If I can make the website, anyone can hahahaa!!)

5. To relax, reminisce & practice mindfulness

I find writing and blogging relaxing (well, not too much when the editing is playing up!)  I truly love writing about places I have been and the things that make me happy in life. I love getting so absorbed in my happy memories, it is such an amazing feeling! Being able to write it all down is so important to me, it’s such a nice way to disengage from the craziness of life and spend time to myself to remember the good times, what is important to me and what makes me happy – that is what life is all about!

Hopefully my blog will bring you some inspiration and enjoyment from reading it! Life is all about the shots we take (even the tequila ;-)), what have we got to lose!


Thank you for reading, Shannon x

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By on July 13, 2017

Welcome to Follow Every Heartbeat!


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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