Hey beautiful wanderlusters!
So first, let me introduce myself. My name is Hayley and to sum me up in a few words, I am a dreamer, free spirit, and wanderluster. I’m a twenty-something passionate woman chasing her dreams and trying hard to be the best version of herself everyday. I’m all about spreading love and light in the world. This is my travel bliss journey.
A beach girl at heart, I’m happiest when my toes are in the sand and there’s a salty breeze blowing through my hair. I love travelling and health and wellness are a big part of my life. I’m an avid yogi and spend my weeks practicing yoga and doing fitness routines.
I’m on a blissful travel journey around the world filled with life-changing experiences, adventure, and pure bliss. The best part? I’m on this journey with the love of my life, and finance, Peter.
We are both South African and left home together in 2017 to pursue a life of passion and adventure. My hope is that this blog – Ms Blissness – will inspire others to live their purpose. Ultimately it’s about living a life of bliss – building a life that you desire and one that makes you truly happy.
I dream of turning the world into a better place, to inspire myself and others to live a happier, healthier and more free spirited life. We’re a Christian couple and hope to spread only goodness through our travel bliss. At the end of the day it’s all about
But let me start at the beginning
I’m blessed to have the best family in the world. I have one younger brother, who I am extremely close to. I’m also very close to my parents. I speak to my mom every single day – no matter where in the world we are.
My family are my biggest supporters and have never questioned our journey. My parents love that we are travelling the world and realize what an amazing opportunity we have been given. They created the travel bliss that drives me.
I was born in Cape Town – still my favourite place in the world – in 1990. During my school years my family relocated to Pretoria – my dad was transferred for work. I had an amazing childhood and am so thankful to my parents who have helped me to become the person that I am today.
My wanderlust drives me
I grew up travelling quite a bit with my parents. In fact, they did a three month Euro trip with me when I was 18 months old. My mom is convinced that this is the reason for my extreme wanderlust and travel bliss. But it’s probably a combination of that and my parents love for travel. I grew up with the travel bug. We took family trips to America, Europe and the UK when my brother and I were growing up. I truly believe that this is one of the reasons that our family has such a close bond. Travelling connects people like no other experience can.
I never felt destined for a corporate office job, and truthfully I was never all that interested in building a career. But I wasn’t entirely sure about what I was going to do with my life. I decided to study marketing management at the University of Pretoria after high school. I figured that marketing was a good option since it would open up opportunities in many different fields.
In 2012 I completed my honours degree, but still wasn’t all that committed to building a career. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of travelling and working for myself. But I ended up working at three different companies before we eventually left South Africa for London in 2017.
As of March 2018 I have been working remotely in content management. This blog helped me to get my first job and I’m still working for the same company more than a year later. I also do a bit of freelancing. We returned to South Africa towards the end of 2018, and Peter has also since transitioned into a remote role. So we are both now location independent and figuring it all out as we go.
How we got here
Peter was born in Pretoria, South Africa, also in 1990. In fact, we are both December babies – he’s two weeks older than me. His Dad is Welsh and his mom is Belgian, but both of his parents have lived in South Africa for well over 30 years.
Before we moved to London in 2017, Peter had only left South Africa once. He went to Belgium with his mom when he was two. Since he can’t remember anything from that trip, his first real international travel experience was when we moved countries two years ago!
He has a business degree in banking and economics. After completing his studies in South Africa he got a job at one of the top financial services and insurance companies in the country. He started off in an entry level position and within a year he had worked his way up to a more established and well-paying position.
By this time we had already talked extensively about moving to London to pursue our travel bliss. We had a tough decision to make. We could have stayed in South Africa and settled into a fairly comfortable life. The catch? We knew that we would get stuck in the “rat race.” The other option was to follow our hearts and chase our dreams and give this travel life a go. It was the more risky option, but we knew that if we didn’t take that leap of faith we would regret it for the rest of our lives.
The reward for being fearless? Things have worked out better than we could ever have imagined!
The adventure of a lifetime
I met Peter at a bar in Pretoria back in 2012. It was a bar that we both spent just about every weekend at. Both aged 21 and at the peak of our party days, our worlds collided at the perfect time.
From day one it felt like we were meant to be. We’re both free-spirits and love living in the moment. In a lot of ways, we’ve “grown up” together. We were both still studying when we met and we spent a big part of our student years together. Being that we were so young, most of our adult life has been built together. We eventually got the party days out of our system – well kind of, we built careers – also kind of (I changed jobs a few times), and then changed careers to travel the world together.
Almost seven years of memories later and we’ve moved countries together, travelled throughout Europe, built online careers, and we are now loving the freedom that we have to travel more. We’re not sure where we will be a few years from now, but we know that being together is everything that we need.
We started off 2019 with no set plan but we knew that we wanted more travel bliss. We left South Africa for Sri Lanka at the end of January and little did I know this would be the start of a new adventure in more ways than one. At sunrise on the beach in Unawatuna, Peter popped the question. It could not have been more perfect!
We will be spending most of 2019 travelling Southeast Asia. I guess we can call this our “engaged-moon.” We feel extremely blessed to be living this life and cannot wait to start the next chapter of our adventure in 2020!
I’m the dreamer and he’s the realist
Peter and I are so similar in many ways, and in other ways we are so different! But that different is a great thing! We are both free-spirits with a passion for adventure. But I live with my head in the clouds and sometimes I need a reality-check. Thankfully, Peter is more realistic and logical.
“There are dreamers and there are realists in this world.
You’d think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists but… more often than not, the opposite is true.
You see the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun.
And the realists… well, without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.”
This is a quote from one of our favourite TV shows, Modern family. We love this one so much because it sums us up perfectly! I am forever coming up with wild ideas. The best part though? Peter never shuts me down. I can see in his eyes and facial expression that he thinks I’m crazy. But he knows how determined I am, and up until this point he has helped to make every single one of my wildest dreams come true!
Yoga is my other passion
I’ve been active my whole life. I was a very good swimmer when I was younger, but my biggest love was dancing. My mom enrolled me in dance classes when I was about six and I danced up until I graduated from university.
After leaving University and starting my first job, I stayed active by going to the gym regularly. But something was missing. In 2014, around the time of the “yoga explosion” on Instagram, it clicked. Yoga seemed like a great way to maintain the flexibility and strength that I had built up through dance.
For about a year and a half, I practiced yoga on my own. I would participate in the Instagram yoga challenges and follow Yoga routines on Youtube. It wasn’t until early 2016 that I decided to enroll myself at a yoga studio! I haven’t looked back since.
Yoga has become a huge part of my life. Now that we are travelling full-time for a while I am back to practicing yoga on my own. I do miss attending classes, but every now and then I take a drop in class wherever we may be around the world.
About Ms Blissness and My Travel Bliss
Bliss is defined as being in a state of complete happiness or joy. Heaven or paradise are also often associated with the term “eternal bliss.” Bliss is supreme happiness, and utter enjoyment or content. Ultimately bliss is perfect happiness.
This is how I came up with the blog name – Ms Blissness. By sharing our travel and life bliss we hope to inspire people to live the life that they dream of! The intention is to uplift, inspire and be inspired.
We’re on a journey to building a truly blissful life. We’re learning what it takes to make this life of travel bliss happen. We still don’t have it all figured out and we don’t know where we will be a year or even a few months from now. But we hope to inspire more people to follow their dreams and explore this beautiful planet that is home to us all.
Peter is behind the camera and I’m behind the content. We are very beginner photographers, but the photography side of travel is slowly turning into a passion. Peter takes most (almost all) of our photos. I’m terrible behind the camera, but hope to learn more as we continue to travel. We hope that one day we can be taking the kind of photos that inspire us to travel and explore more of this beautiful world.
This is pretty much the story of what lead to the creation of Ms Blissness. I created this blog to share our journey with like-minded people who are striving to live a happy and blissful life.
My mission is to spread love and light and to be the best version of myself everyday.
I hope to inspire you to do the same through my travel, lifestyle and yoga blogs.
Where are we now?
We’re currently living one month at a time. We’re on an adventure around Southeast Asia, and spending every month in a new country. One month gives us enough time to work and explore. Look out for my upcoming post – part 1 of our location independent journey detailing where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to.
While we technically don’t have a “home,” South Africa is still home to us – it ALWAYS will be! Our parents homes are currently our homes. We are also busy planning our wedding which is set for March 2020. We will be getting married in my favourite place in the world (and hometown) – Cape Town. It’s such an exciting time for us.
We will be heading home towards the end of the year to finalize wedding plans, and figure out what’s next for us. While we are making the most of and loving this opportunity that we have been given to travel while living the nomad life, we know that it’s not something that we will be doing forever.
We would eventually like to settle down somewhere but still travel, of course. The idea is that we will have a homebase, but still have the freedom to travel as and when we like.
Love and Light and travel bliss
Our passion for travelling, adventure, growth and happiness is what inspires us to continue on this journey each and every day. Our travel bliss is all about experiencing new things together, facing challenges together, and seeing new and beautiful places together. We want to explore as much of this beautiful world as we possibly can.
The journey that we on is one with an uncertain future and no promise of reward or success. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. All we know is that we want to see the world together, learn a whole lot, be happy, take photos, and share our experiences to hopefully inspire others.
We enjoying living in the moment and taking each day as it comes! Living in a state of bliss. I believe that true bliss comes in the form of love. Loving everyone around you, loving what you do, loving who you are, what you are, loving yourself and loving God! The best thing you can do for yourself is to live a life that is fulfilling and do all things that make you happy – And this is when you experience love in its purest form!
Committed to spreading love and light in the world. “Everything is temporary but love, LOVE outlives us all”
Love and light always
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