I found happiness when I left my comfort zone

The Writer Behind the Words with Jordon's Travels
[ Where I tell you all about myself. ]

PACKING UP MY LIFE AND TRAVELLING MADE ME REALISE HOW UNHAPPY I WAS.

In Dubrovnik, CroatiaAs I’ve already said, I spontaneously went travelling around Europe for three months last year.

Yes, that’s how this blog started. I’m still sharing my stories about my trip.

When I was travelling, I noticed I felt… lighter for lack of a better word. I was laughing more, I couldn’t wait to get out of bed every morning, I wanted to get up early. That’s when I suddenly realised how unhappy I had been before I had left. I never knew just how unhappy I had been in my life, I had always thought I was a generally happy and bubbly person. But then when I started to feel happy, I realised how much of a difference it felt.

Enjoying the sun in MykonosI notice I’m a lot more positive now. I always jump to see the positive side of things, when people ask me ‘How are you?’, I genuinely answer with ‘I’m great, thanks!’, it’s not a brush-off answer and it’s not the automated message everyone tends to say to this question. I’m genuinely great, and thank you for asking.

I never have anything to complain about, unless it’s the London cold or wishing I had more money to go travelling with… I notice negativity easier and I try to make those people see the positive side of life. But then I also try to stay away from the negativity, I don’t want to be dragged down that rabbit hole again and I do feel it’s easy to do when you hang around people who hate their life and aren’t willing to try to change it.

And I love it. Being happy is a great thing. Continue reading

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I used to run another blog and why I gave it up

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I USED TO RUN ANOTHER BLOG CALLED MISS BOOK REVIEWS.

It was solely a book blog.

Miss Book Reviews - My old Blog

I had a lot of fun running this blog and met a lot of cool people.

However I stopped blogging in late 2013 because I was suddenly finding it exhausting to write and run a book blog at the same time as trying to live my life. I couldn’t get the right balance of work, blogging and life and it made me feel like I was being recluse and not actually living my life.

I like writing, and blogging is the way I can write. I never realised how much time blogging takes up in your life, and I know all bloggers say that when they first started, they never realised the time it takes to run a good blog, with great content that gets people coming back for more.

In VeniceThen when I went travelling last year I decided to start this blog so my family (mainly my mum) could keep track of my travels. Blogging while backpacking is actually really hard, especially if you aren’t staying in places for very long. At first I was blogging every day, and then I discovered that I just didn’t have time for it, and then eventually I stopped altogether because I was experiencing other countries, cultures and making new friends. I was out all the time and because I didn’t have days on end at a place I just didn’t have time to write. My mum was not very impressed by this of course, she wanted to know what I was up to. Continue reading

I wanted (still want?) to be an actor

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I Wanted (Still Want?) to be an actor.

Me filming in the short film BlindSide

No, I wasn’t in anything you would have heard of. I mostly acted in short films.

Filming.Me filming the promo trailer for the short film BlindSide.

Did a few children’s pantomimes.

Me (Left) as Goldilocks in 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Me (Left) as Cinderella in 'Cinderella'

Toured Auckland for six weeks performing an anti-bullying show at children’s schools, and auditioned for roles on TV etc but never got them.

In fact it’s only in the past year that I’ve decided to step away from that career and figure out if there is something else I love to do more.

I made this decision because I wasn’t happy living life the way I used to: working night shifts to allow time in the days for auditions, pay thousands of dollars a year on acting technique classes, accent classes, casting director work shops, headshots, always putting acting first no matter what other plans I had already made. Continue reading

I live in London but that’s not where I’m from

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I LIVE IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.

London (2)But I’m from New Zealand and had lived in Auckland my whole life, until last year when I went travelling around Europe for three months.

I moved half way across the world because I was going to be on that side of the world anyway. So why not get my visa just in case I didn’t want to leave? It turns out I didn’t want to leave because there were so many more places I wanted to see, and the London lifestyle is so different to home. I needed to experience more.

London is busy. 24 hours, 7 days a week. Well, except for Christmastime; at Christmas, London is a ghost town. Which makes me wonder if anyone is even from London, or if Londoners are all from other parts of England or the world. Everyone goes home at Christmastime. And barely anyone is left in London.

At home in Auckland, life is a lot quieter. Maybe that was because I didn’t live in the city and to get to the city, it felt like a bit of a mission. The fact that I worked night shifts while I lived there was also another reason my life was quieter. Continue reading

The Writer Behind the Words: My name is Jordon

I was looking at my ‘About‘ page and thought that it didn’t really tell you anything about me. After reading it I realised I’m still a blurry lined blogger that you can’t see and know nothing about. I was going to update my About page but then I thought it would be too much information to have on one page, and who want’s to read a life story all at once?

Then I came to the conclusion about writing a post essentially introducing myself to the blogosphere. I began writing and discovered I pretty much wrote a book, do I really need to tell the internet about my whole life? Probably not.

The Writer Behind the Words began. This will be a series of posts where I tell you all about me and who I am.


[ Where I tell you all about myself. ]

I guess I will start with my name, as if you can’t see it everywhere on this blog.

MY NAME iS JORDON. WITH TWO ‘O’S.

MeWhenever I asked my mum why she spelt my name this way, she told me that apparently this way of spelling ‘Jordon’ is the female way. Whereas spelling it with an ‘a’ is the male version of the unisex name ‘Jordan’. However, whenever I tell people this they say they’ve never heard that before and they’ve never met another Jordon spelt with two ‘o’s. Even spell checker is telling me I’m spelling my name wrong.

Interesting right? I’ve also never met another female Jordon with her name spelt this way. I like that.  It makes me feel a little bit unique. Continue reading

How do you relax when you’re stressed?

When I get stressed, I get stressed. For some reason I go over the top, I feel so stressed that I can’t eat or focus on a single thing.

The other day I stated that I was currently reading three books at once. Which is highly unusual for me.

That’s because recently I have been so busy and stressed about things in my life that I just haven’t been able to get into the books I’ve been reading. Which prompted me to start another book, and then another book when I couldn’t concentrate on that one either.

Don’t you hate it when you can’t concentrate on anything like reading a book you thought you were dying to read because you’re so worried about something else? Do you find there are certain things that set this mindset off for you?

For me I’ve noticed there are a few things that will generally be the reason that I can’t get into my book or focus on anything else. And when it comes down to these reasons it usually has nothing to do with the book itself.

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Whenever I’m very stressed, anxious or worried about something I can usually never focus on reading a book or getting anything else done. I’ll try to sit down and read my book so I can escape the reasons why I’m so stressed, but they’re always there at the back of my mind, it’s like I can’t escape it until the event that is stressing me out or making me anxious is over. It’s not fair really, I can never fully relax when I get like that.

Solving this problem:

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If I’m anxious, worried or stressed then the best way to tackle those feelings is to organise myself best as I can. Focus on the event that’s making me anxious and organise how best to handle it. For example, at the moment, one of the things I’m stressing about (Yes, there’s more than one) is moving back to London in a week. Which I am beyond excited about, but I’m also super stressed about it because there is so much to organise here at home, and then over there in London.

Luckily for me, I have a flat to live in, so that’s one less major worry.

I’ve done a few things to help lessen the stress, which are: Continue reading