Who is Chasing The Unconventional?
I am a French gal who’s lived abroad for the last 17 years. I am crazy about travels, the English language & I crave for deep connections. I also would like to mention that I have the least common personality type on the MBTI spectrum which is the INFJ personality (about 1% of the population), so you’re about to embark on a roller-coaster of emotions with me! Heads up :-).
Where did the idea come from?
The whole idea of running a blog was born back in 2014 when I had just arrived in Rome (Italy). I had just spent eleven years in London living the life, but suddenly felt the need to go & explore other opportunities. I basically landed in Rome with only two weeks of accommodation sorted out, but that was it, nothing else! I found two different jobs, but was only given a few hours per week, so I had to find something else. I was looking for a way to stay abroad, travel and make money. That’s how I came across a few travel blogs with incredible success stories and since I’m the type of person who believes that almost anything is possible, I thought “Bingo!”. For weeks I started drafting ideas, I searched how to build & run a blog and put down in writing absolutely all the ideas that came through my mind.
Even though the blogging idea was super exciting to me, I knew it wouldn’t make any money right away, so I jumped on a different opportunity that presented itself at the time. I accepted a job in Casperia which is an hour North of Rome and moved there to work for a yoga retreat called Sunflower Retreat. I worked there until November 2014 and then came back for the following season which ended in November 2015. Although there could have been plenty to write about, I wasn’t sure where to start and how to put things together, so I put the whole blogging project aside for a while. It’s only after the season ended that I contacted someone to help me out with the technical side of building a blog. That’s when “Chasing The Unconventional” was born.
Unfortunately, a few things came in the way after that again… I went back to what people call a “normal life”. Yep, that’s right… The full-time office job, rules, paying rent, routine and I lost myself for almost three years. This job taught me A LOT about who I am and what I’m capable of. Despite being in the wrong place, I met and worked with some really amazing people and I’m grateful for that. I’m just sorry that we didn’t meet in a different setting and they could have met the better version of me… Anyway, I couldn’t stay there any longer and left in August 2018.
I left feeling like I had dropped a big weight off my shoulders & felt happier right away. I was free again with no specific destination, no rules to follow, no justification to give to anyone, just a field of possibilities before me!
My goal is to reshape my life and to break the imaginary boundaries that I have created for myself. I know that there is much more I can reach for and it’s a matter of finding out how to do it. I believe that travelling along with other daily practices will help me just do that because it fuels my creativity & my motivation. It is about learning how to control my insecurities, implementing new & healthy habits and working on a new mindset. I have decided to blog about this journey because I want to share my experiences with others, empower people and help them find themselves too.
"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can". Neil Gaiman