Gosh, it feels pretty crazy to be writing this blog post. I feel like this transition needed a few words alongside it to honour it and so here I am, here with you and about to attempt to do the last 2 years of my life justice.
Before I tuck in, I just want to send love straight from my heart to yours and say thank you for the continued support you show me online. You will have most likely caught wind of the shifts I’ve been through in the last 24 months and well, considering you’re still here following a travel blog when the majority of us haven’t actually needed travel guides for a while… I’m feeling grateful. Very grateful for your loyalty during this incredibly unpredictable chapter of my life.
What what? Where is Where’s Mollie going?
Well… I’ve been contemplating the future of my career since the pandemic swept across the globe in early 2020. Not only did the restrictions on travel bring a complete halt to my income and work but the life I had built on the road and the imminent plans I had to move abroad were cancelled. Add in a real difficult long-distance relationship to navigate, moving back home, moving to a new part of England in the depths of the lockdown (alone) and losing my best four-legged friend Bubbles… it has been an intense 24 months of continued learning, surrendering, serious adapting and personal growth… to say the least.
The challenges, combined with the stillness, gave me a really unique opportunity (albeit forced) to go really internal without distraction, to really reflect on where I was at and where I wanted to go next.
It’s been a hell of a ride and ironically, when I stopped travelling, I found what I was looking for.
8 of the best years of my life…
If you’ve been here a while, which I know many of you have (i love you), you’ll know I have been on the road and chasing adventure since 2013. 8 years filled with experiences, adventures and memories that one could only dream to witness in their whole lifetime. My heart is beyond full at the amount of life I have had the chance to encounter so far. I am grateful beyond words.
I never knew when the gear shift from full-time travel and content creation would come but I knew it would and I think the pandemic just sped that process up a bit. Anyone that has a job that takes them on the road will back me up here when I say that, whilst amazing, pursuing a life on the road is full of compromises. It’s most definitely still work too… often way beyond the 9-5.
Life on the road can bring about the most desirable of perks but it’s also taxing on your health, personal routines, relationships, friendships, a sense of belonging and stillness. Many of the things which are now an absolute priority to me.
It’s been a deep, painful, lonely, scary, relentless, beautiful, serendipitous, wild and unbelievably magical ride. An adventure I simply cannot fit into the words on this page. I’ve sat in everything that has risen to the surface, time and time again. I’ve made friends with all layers of me that have shown themselves so far and I’ve fallen in love with the journey of coming back home to myself. That might seem ‘woo woo’ to you, it would have done to me 24 months ago too but honestly, it’s been the most valuable and rewarding adventure of my life. I’ve gone through all the motions, lent into them, dug deep and worked hard on building a tool kit that I already know will carry me through the rest of my life.
Now, as I come out the other side of what I can only describe as a complete awakening… the Mollie that lay beneath the labels, layers and stories all along, (the one I have fallen deeply into peace with) begins to rise. Naturally, there are some changes that need to be made externally to support and honour the internal evolution that has happened.
The things I once desired have changed. The Mollie that put on her backpack and went travelling at 18 years old has simply evolved. The pandemic has catapulted me into a whole new way of living and the places I desire to focus and use my energy are simply different now.
‘But what do I do with my business?’
What do I do with the successful travel brand that I spent the last 7 years pouring my heart and soul into? I can’t give that up? In fact, who on earth am I if I’m not Where’s Mollie? What do I do instead? Do I really want to start from scratch?
You can imagine the thoughts that went through my head at this point. Cue meltdown, confusion, wtf am I going to do next vibes.
It took me a while to even consider not continuing Where’s Mollie. I had a complete identity crisis at the thought of it. I didn’t want to let it go one bit. I was scared of part with ‘all that success’ and quite honestly, all the financial security that came with it. I’ve never been solely motivated by money, I’ve always had a ‘passion led and the money will follow’ approach but there’s no denying that parting ways with a secure income to pursue a new career was daunting. I had no idea who I was without this brand that i’d hidden behind for most of my adult life. Figuring out how to transition my business was quite the process and I used many a coaching session, breathwork journey, journal prompt and tears with loves ones to navigate it. It’s taken a solid 18 months to let the dust settle and for the answers to begin to shine through.
However, one thing became very clear with time… Trying to stay in a box that no longer served me and held space for my potential was a much bigger risk to that than taking the risk of stepping into something new.
The curiosity that had me continually chase adventure around the world at 17 was as alive as ever and pursuing the fire in my tummy has forever been the only compass I’ve needed. It’s always led the way to the most beautiful of places.
I’m not the same Mollie I was when I started Where’s Mollie and that’s okay…
Though I was slowly realising that I didn’t want to be the face of my personal travel brand, I still didn’t know what to do about it. I rested in that unknowing and simply hoped that the answers would come to me at some point.
One thing I have gotten pretty down in the last 24 months is surrender. I now fully trust that the universe is unfolding before me, exactly as it should, for my own evolution. The only thing to do in each moment? Breathe, be in this moment, ask for the lesson, the guidance and wait for intuition to guide my next best step.
My new identity and purpose begun to form at the end of Summer ’21 as I began nearing the end of my qualifications in Conscious Connected Breathwork, Oxygen Advantage breathwork, Tantra-Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing (yup, I went in on the studying and reading). New visions naturally began to form of who I wanted to be and serve in the next chapter of my life. The creative juices began flowing once more and the new friendships and environments I found myself in began snowballing my inspiration and new dreams for the future.
Finally, in September 2021, the clarity started to come. A rebrand of Where’s Mollie to take the travel business into a new chapter was what my heart was telling me to do. And so, last month, I took the plunge and decided to go ahead with a complete rebrand of Where’s Mollie to We Are Global Travellers. When I made the decision, I was actually willing to let go of Where’s Mollie completely to honour my new direction but I realised it didn’t need to be that way.
Adventure and time in the outdoors is always going to be a huge part of my life and, whilst delivering full time travel content and guides may not be my purpose in this next chapter, I figured the whole business didn’t need to fold as a result.
Truth is… there are so many incredibly talented travellers and photographers out there with the same curiosity, passion and talent that I set out with at 18 and under the new branding ‘We Are Global Travellers’, I figured I could create a home for a community of us in order to deliver more travel guides to you than ever before!
And so it is.
The team has now expanded and we have writers across the globe providing brand new travel guides for the blog every month!
(Myself and the team are available for campaign work still, please get in contact and request the We Are Global Travellers media kit here).
Moving forward, the personal brand that we all knew as Where’s Mollie will go under the new branding of We Are Global Travellers. Same website, all the same, remaining content, just a new face and a team of us, instead of just me. I’m still creatively directing and leading the business however the day to day tasks, adventures and full-time campaign work is not something I’ll be consumed by.
Annnnnnd breathe. It still feels surreal.
This transition will now give me the space and time to bring to life new offerings and adventures. I’ll be using the lessons, the wisdom and the modalities I have taken deep dives into over the last 24 months, alongside my love for adventure and connection, to bring you a new adventure that goes within.
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Opportunities in 2022
That's a very short summary.
I can’t wait to share more and can only keep my fingers crossed you’ll be here for the next chapter too.
Sending love, always.