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Dairies of a nomad - Blog by Grace Mullany

Diaries of a nomad
Name - Grace Elizabeth Mullany - gemyoga.com
@bushbabygracey (guilt free plug)
DOB - 22/04/1989 (Taurus - A friendly bull though)
Birthplace - Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
Home - ?
Occupation - Yoga instructor, dog walker, masseuse and hairdresser.
Aim in life - Be content
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My fellow nomad and friend, Ina Plesca, asked me to write this rather personal blog, for which I feel very humble and flattered.
Throughout life I've always tried to be "different". Going for the alternative look, and just generally really forcing myself to go against the grain. Some people still don't believe me when I say "I didn't/don't do it for attention". I suppose if I'm being really honest, I'm afraid of having an average life. I don't want a semi detached house with 2 kids, a people carrier and a job I'm not excited about. It's not meant to offend or criticise people who have this, it's just not what I want.
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I travel to learn. I get bored very easily, so I can't learn in an environment whereby I have to sit and listen to a teacher. I have a huge amount of gratitude for the people who can though, without them the country would be a mess. I left school at 16 and settled in the hairdressing industry. I built a very loving and loyal clientele, gained qualifications in wedding hair and hair extensions, worked in London on photo shoots and fashion shows, entered competitions and finally went self employed. In between all of this, i worked hard enough to allow me some excellent travelling time - backpacking through south of France and Italy, skiing in Austria, ice skating in Canada and an excellent 21st birthday in Cuba, these are just to mention a few! I suppose that's when I got it, the travel bug!
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Truthfully, it wasn't the hairdressing I enjoyed, it was the different people I got to meet. Everyday I got to hear stories from, lawyers and police men/women, artists and teachers, doctors and vets, mothers and students. Then I started to realise I wanted my own tales, selfishly I didn't want to listen anymore. Hairdressing didn't make me happy, I had to leave and explore - so I flew to Rishikesh in India to gain my yoga instructor qualification. I could have done this in London or Manchester but why, when you can choose the birthplace of yoga.
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I could wrap it up and say the rest is history... I never looked back...but I won't, I'll carry on a little longer. I'd recommend standing up, turning around and touching your toes, if you're getting a little jaded.
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With my new yogi status and the world as my oyster, my partner and I decided to go on our own adventure, travelling for 6 months. India to Burma, down through Thailand then Cambodia. A month in Vietnam and a flight to Malaysia. A few weeks relaxing in Bali before a rather tough trek through the Himalayas in Nepal. Finally we flew back to India, finishing at my old yoga school in Rishikesh. The feeling you get of walking out into a new country, a new culture, sometimes a completely different way of life is indescribable. In a few minutes your body and mind is tested to the max, especially somewhere like India. Your eyes and mind are stretched involuntarily. Your brain goes into overdrive as you absorb the language, the food, the culture and the smells! All these feelings, the excitement and uncertainty too, I've only ever felt through travelling.
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Returning back to England was truly wonderful. Seeing my family and friends brought me to tears. Yorkshire never looked so green, clean and fresh! That's the other great thing about travelling - when you get back, you're familiar with what or who you're looking at but at the same time it looks totally different; you've got a new pair of eyes that have seen so much. I appreciate walking on a footpath whilst holding my boyfriends hand in a pair of shorts. I can go to the doctors for free! Everywhere is so clean, I can drink from the tap and not get incredibly ill.
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So it all sounds great right? There is a down side to the nomads life though. I struggle to "settle". This relationship is the longest I've ever had (there's been a few), and it's not even two years in. Saying that though this one is for sure, a keeper. I've been back in the UK for nearly 3 weeks and I'm a little down. I miss the language and culture, the learning something new everyday and the constant buzz. I've lost that sense of "home" and belonging. I struggle to commit to anything, which sometimes results in me being a bit of a recluse. I refuse to have any part of my life set or planned in advance (which lets be honest can sometimes just result in chaos). I'm so desperate and eager to experience everything, I sometimes forget how good and important things are that are so close to me.
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So let me wrap things up as this is getting rather long. I think travelling is something every single human being should do. I also think you should appreciate what's around you here and now. You may have stretched your mind but don't forget your roots. I plan to pursue teaching yoga as it makes me incredibly happy. It may not bring in a great amount of money but I'm going to make it work somehow. I'll walk dogs in my free time because animals make me happy too. This also makes me happy, writing, so I'm hoping to do lots of this too. I plan on seeing more of the world - Japan, New Zealand, South Africa (we met an awesome couple from South Africa whilst travelling) and South America.
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I want to pack my brain full of different cultures - so then, when that day comes, the day I feel I can stop and settle I'll be content. I'll be able to sit in my little eco-friendly house, that will appear on Grand Designs (dream big), think back to all I've experienced and be happy. I want to be able to tell my children first hand the places I have seen instead of them googling it. I want to keep an open mind no matter what's going on in the world.
So as a yoga teacher, blogger, dog walker or just Grace - don't stop learning, listening and absorbing everything. Even if you don't agree, try to understand and keep your mind open. As cliche as this may sound, this is it, one chance, one life. Do what makes you happy - that's my plan, now who's with me!



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