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Whilst you're reading this I will be starting my trek up the world's tallest free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, (unless of course you choose to read this way in the future) and lately I've been thinking a lot about how I've kept myself going through university and a all the fundraising I've been doing.

This time last year I was in such a rut not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I'm not going to deny that I'm still clueless but at least now I have something to look forward to. Eventually I decided to go to uni and start my first year studying BA Drama and Theatre Practice. Not only that, when I got there I took on quite a lot. It's something I do all the time. I was juggling dance classes, hockey practice, my degree, blogging and attempting to have a social life and live healthily. Of course it's not always quite so possible to keep it up all the time and I definitely got stressed out quite a lot. But during my fresher week I was also convinced to sign up to climb Kilimanjaro. The fundraising and the build up to that in itself was enough of a work load but the idea of me going to do the challenge this August was enough to keep me going. 

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A Dominican Sunset
Not only that but in January I started getting the usual travel and holiday blues. Despite going to Tanzania later on in the year, it didn't quite seem like a holiday to me. I was dreaming of a place I could go relax, not have to worry about anything and have a wonderful time with my boyfriend. By February I had booked to go to the Dominican Republic in June.

For the rest of the semester I kept on working hard. Fundraising took priority after my degree in the attempt at achieving my fundraising goal. There was no guarantee I was going to be able to make it to Kilimanjaro if I hadn't raised enough money, so actually being able to go was my motivation. When it came to everything else, particularly living in my student house and finishing my first year, I was in serious need of some kind of motivation to get my through all the essays and 9am lectures. Dominican Republic became that motivation. I spent most of my free time researching things we could do when we got there. I knew the hotel we were going to so there was no need to worry about anything. Everything was taken care of. Getting visas was easy and I didn't need any injections, so life went by in anticipation of my holiday. And what a great holiday it was!

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The view from San Felipe fort, Dom Rep.
With being in Tanzania now (well I'm writing this the night before I set off), I can't help but think about what life will be like afterwards. Of course I'm excited to get back to Hull to live in my new house and see what second year will hold, but you can guarantee that in a matter of weeks I will be wanting to go away again. It's the travel bug. Once you've been bitten, there is no cure! I honestly believe I love travelling more than drama and sometimes wish I was just touring the world instead of being at uni, but that idea is what pushes me to finish. I am constantly thinking about what my next big adventure could be. Everything from multiple city breaks across the year to a back packing trip across South East Asia. Although, my heart is still set on going back to Mexico! I want to see the world, but Mexico has got to be my favourite place. I've even been thinking about going to live there for a little while. Maybe next year.

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This photo says it all...
As soon as I'm back I need to hold off on planning anything. Next year's trip will depend on my timetable for second year, especially since Ed graduates and has to start living in the real world. That real world for me can wait. I may have another year at uni after this one but ideally I'll be going straight on a gap year/years around the world. That's the dream, and it's a dream that I will work towards. It's a dream that keeps me motivated to continue this blog, and to find a part-time job and to work hard at uni so I can officially say that 'I did it!'. Even without planning anything just yet, I have a lot to look forward to and to work towards, but having something big at the end of the year is always what I look forward to most.

So whether it is just a small trip to somewhere in Europe where I've never been before or a months long living and working experience in Mexico, I will use that as my motivation through my first and second semesters of second year. It's the motivation I need. Having something like that to look forward to has always been something I have lived by, even when I was at college or just working during my gap year. I live for the next crazy adventure I choose to go on and I definitely recommend that you do too! Even if your life is completely different to mine, book yourself a trip. If you're an employer, give your employees that time off to have a break and experience something new and exciting. There is a company called Corporate Rewards who offer companies a point system for their employees. Ultimately, they are a employee incentive company that works to give that motivation to employees, basically treating staff members to those new and exciting experiences I am on about! There is everything from holidays to gift vouchers available. Any little thing to look forward to can be a brilliant way at helping us all to work harder and focus more on whatever it is we're doing. In my case, it's university and fitting in my part-time job.

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Take me back to Mexico!
What's your motivation?

- KC xx

*This post was in collaboration with Corporate Rewards but all opinions are my own and I definitely recommend you get yourself something to look forward to and to work towards!

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