The 10th and final subject in the ‘You Are Enough’ series is Shaney Blackman
I first met Shaney in Marrakech earlier this year and we immediately connected based on our shared passion for travel.
Having spent the majority of her career as a Legal Secretary in a Magic Circle Law firm, although comfortable she was not content. She felt as though she was going through the motions and says that “at some point we all have to work out what makes us happy”. So she followed her instincts, ignored the naysayers and after months of meticulous planning and rigorous saving, she finally quit her job to travel the world.
Shaney embarked on this journey 2 years ago and is still doing so, having now visited over 50 countries and countless cities. She really doesn’t see her story as anything special but she is grateful and ceasing the opportunities as they arise.
One of her goals while travelling is to learn something new and give back in every location. Recently she has lived with a local family in Colombia, helping them with their English and obtain a visa to visit their family abroad. She has spent several weeks assisting a well-known spiritual healer in Bali, and lived on organic farms trading her services for knowledge and a place to stay.
I admire her outlook and courage for walking away from many of life’s luxuries and breaking societal norms. She has worked hard to afford herself this lifestyle and she plans to continue experiencing new cultures for the foreseeable future.