Em is very cool. She came to the first Esc Wednesday and basically announced that she was going to help us out. True to her word - she has done so ever since! Watch this space for great things from Miss Bell.
I can help with advice on headhunting, writing, presenting, event planning and adventure.
I'm also nicknamed the Escape Artist. I have a nack for making people quit their jobs to do something they love. So if you're looking for encouragement, I'm your chick.
Just got back from stand-up paddle boarding 1000 miles down the Missouri River as the writer on the support team for Dave Cornthwaite swimming the distance for CoppaFeel breast cancer charity.
Now back in London, writing for Pomp Magazine, co-editing Trivial Pursuits and planning my next adventures.
Off to kick scooter 2000 miles around Italy next summer. Then flying to Australia with Vanessa Knight to become the first people to stand-up paddle board source to sea of the Murray River in November 2013. In the summer of 2014, I am set to cycle around the world with Dave Zaple. If there is a mountain we will climb it. If there is a river we will go down it. With boobs on our backs.
All for CoppaFeel. All for adventure. Away from a desk…
For 1 ½ years after university, I sat at a desk for 12 hours a day with silly fake lights, doing financial headhunting. The people rocked so it took me a while to think “WHAT AM I DOING?!” I just couldn’t handle planning for the weekend the entire week. I live in a world where I want every day to rock. The day I decided I hated it I quit.
Here started four years on a sofa at the end of my parents bed. I organised Bat Mitzvahs, I represented the UK on a game show, I worked on a McFly documentary, I moved to Cape Town to present a 31 day music festival, I planned weddings, I cleaned for friends. And then I landed my dream job at Pomp Magazine.
But I was still dreaming of adventure. And saying yes to joining Dave Cornthwaite on his Missouri adventure confirmed that…
It was on New Year's Eve of 2008/9 that I realised I needed to do something different.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I realised that becoming an adventurer was what that was.
My decision to quit headhunting back in 2009 happened in about 24 hours. Before Christmas, I had no energy, sat on the end of my bed at 6am and just wanted to scream my head off at the thought of sitting at a desk. Then I would drag my butt to the gym, to my desk, home and start all over again. The thought of going back to the office and doing that for any longer made me realize it was time. So I just did it.
This time was a little different. I am back on a sofa. I am about to start selling all my belongings. I am saving every penny. And the adventure planning is in full swing.
Best thing: Doing this will mean I can write, present and travel the world with purpose. The adventure lifestyle embodies absolutely everything I want in life. At the moment.
Worst thing: It might not work. I might not be able to make a living from becoming a full time adventurer. But realising I could possibly do this makes it worth trying. Also I am finding my friends and family worrying quite tough but it just makes me more determined to make this work.
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild