So it begins…

Hello there! Welcome to Always In The Deep End.

I’m Nicole and I’m a writer.

Well, I want to be a writer you see. I’ve been writing for YEARS in one form or another – Creative writing at school, Masters essays in my former life as a Scientist and some travel and health blogs I experimented with back when blogging was semi-cool, semi-weird.

The thing is, I’ve never really stuck with writing over the long term. It’s been a recurring theme throughout my life and something I’ve always loved doing since I was a kid… but for whatever reason my practice of writing isn’t as consistent as I’d like it to be.

Enter: Always In The Deep End!

I’m about to embark on some pretty big changes in my life along with my husband and baby daughter.

You should be aware that this is in addition to the already massive changes I’ve made in my life over the last few years, including quitting my six-figure job to start a business, then closing that business when I was pregnant and on the verge of a nervous breakdown from stress and burnout. Eeek.

I want to write about these changes. All of them.

The good, the bad, the fugly. It’s been quite the choppy ride of late and if the past is anything to go by, I’m sure the next few years won’t disappoint on that front either!

I’m not sure where this writing project will take me, but I’ve decided it’s time to investigate.

As the name of this blog suggests, I do tend to find myself in the deep end of life quite often. And by ‘find’ I really mean ‘throw’.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been not only a dreamer but a doer – experimenting with new experiences, new projects, and not being afraid to take the leap. Well, more accurately, being afraid of taking the leap, but giving myself a right talking to and jumping anyway.

Some would call this foolish, some would call it inspirational.

I’d just call it in-built.

This ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ approach to life has admittedly bought me some successes over the years, but also some baggage from things that didn’t work out, or in more honest terms, failed spectacularly.

So what are these big changes you ask? Namely, they involve a big move out of my comfort zone and the switch to a life that will (hopefully) be happier and more meaningful.

So, just like I’ve always done, I’m getting ready to leap into the unknown. I’m not exactly fearless but it’s time to test the waters again after a brief hiatus on the sidelines.

Wish me luck!