Over the past few days I've been working on a blog post for a competition being run by Jackpot 247, where I have all my fingers and toes crossed of winning £150 in vouchers (that I'd love to spend on fancy new bits for our eventual pad up north). The challenge was to write about what I'd do if I had £100,000. Immediately I thought I had it sussed: a wardrobe full of clothes and a big fat deposit on house. Easy peasy.
But then days like yesterday get in the way, where the demand and expectation on my time feels so unrealistic and unreasonable that I barely have time to breathe, let alone have a lunch break, spend some quality time with my friends, prepare a nutritious dinner and get to bed at a reasonable hour.
As I stumbled through the post, a name popped into the forefront of my mind and stubbornly clung on, unwilling to leave. Forest Huntington. For those of you who haven't heard of him, Forest quit his job for Ralph Lauren in the summer of 2011, left New York, bought himself a van and has been travelling around the United States ever since, living simply, taking beautiful photos and writing about it.
Granted it takes a heck of a lot of courage to pack in life as you know it and make such a radical change, and this lifestyle overhaul laughs in the face of my little move to Manchester. That said, my mind is made up. If I had £100k (and preferably a book deal), I'd jack it all in and wanderlust to my heart's content. Soaking up all the beautiful, quirky, odd, dingy and wonderful goodies that this world has to offer. I can only imagine how an experience like that would change you, challenge you and make you see life through very different eyes. I only wonder if I could ever pluck up the courage...
What would you do with £100k?