My original post I was about to publish on the morning of 25th January read..
“Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to Goa I go…Tra la la la and a MWAHAHA! Hi Ho….
I’ve arrived in Goa as I write this post (I kept the title because it brings a wide smile to my face). I’m back in the hammock right by the water’s edge at the idyllic Hidden Gourmet ruminating on the huge distances Hibiscus has travelled since I wrote my second post on this blog last February from this very spot. Back then the idea of writing a blog was about as welcome as a fart in a space suit, I couldn’t abide the idea, but here I am, loving blogging and myhibi.com is only 2 months away from it’s launch. Time flies!
I made a snap decision a few days ago to abandon my plan of staying on in Jaipur for the Literary festival down to the fact I’ve been on the go non stop for the last 10 days my mind gabbling at me at inopportune moments at 0300 hours on most nights. It’s almost impossible for me to put the creative breaks on in Jaipur, I could go on and on adding another style here, developing another idea there. Basta! Time to recharge the batteries..
It’s been a fantastic experience literally building a brand from my suitcase this last year. Goes to show anything is possible. I’ve been getting to grips with the art of SMM (social media marketing) which basically comes down to getting a platform on Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube and Twitter then joining them all up (the last three I still have to get onboard with but the internet connections here are so s.l.o.w which I’m secretly pleased about there’s only so much I can take in one go!). Another huge catalyst for me has been the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. All in all as a culmination of the above I’ve been able to design my ideal life and it all comes down to starting up Hibiscus and myhibi.com.
Myhibi’s guest designer’s are all on board, we now have killer bags, jewellery and sandals to complete your summer holiday wardrobe and have you feeling GOOD! “
BUT…. two hours later my life took a massive swerve with urgent phone calls coming in from Australia to tell me my lovely Dad was passing away and wasn’t expected to survive the night. I had been on standby for this news for weeks.
And so here I am picking up the lost thread of my enthusiasm and continuing on with the Hibiscus blog. My friends here have been wonderful, so hello, and on we go….
Lying in my hammock on my shady deck by the sea shore with palm fronds and hot pink bougainvillea I had some much needed time out to come to terms with my new existence. All in all l felt life had placed me in exactly the spot I needed to be in. Not the Jaipur Literature Festival this year.
As a result I feel at peace as much as I can be and ready for 2012.
I will be heading back to London next week where I will pick up a pace and will be coming at you with progress reports as I go.