Updated: Jan 10
Well hello there 2020! I don't really make New Year's resolutions, and I got all my sappy thoughts out of the way yesterday. Today I'm all about goals and looking ahead! I’m starting off these Roaring Twenties with a pretty big goal: I would like to pursue postgraduate studies in Scotland (physically, not distance learning). Its a big goal but I have a lot of confidence and a lot of drive. Why do I want to go back to school? Because I believe I am in a unique position where I am driven to learn all I can, I enjoy research, I am a good storyteller (oral and visual), and I have an audience eager to learn as well. I could use my platform for good, to help a cause I am passionate about - preserving and researching Scottish heritage, so that precious pieces of history and culture do not get lost due to lack of funding, or lack of exposure. I could go on and on but thats it in a nutshell.
Now I need to step up my saving efforts, while still maintaining the freedom to continue networking and content creating in Scotland. You wouldn’t be wrong to say that I could just stop travelling to Scotland, get a full time job Stateside and save for a couple years. But that is not the path I choose because I am prioritising the continuation of networking and content creation. It will take longer to save this way, sure. But I’m ok with that. I’ve begun the initial stages of researching, conversations with friends in heritage projects and academia in Scotland, and am focused on universities with strong history and archaeology programs. Due to the costs involved I am likely looking at a couple years before this would be possible but I’m putting it out to the universe!
I’ll be digging into my freelance services, handmade creations, writing my Pictish novel, and various other side jobs. I'll continue to travel on a tight budget (which honestly has led to some of the most amazing experiences!) Here are some ways that you can help me if you like:
🏴 Share my posts, and my page: This really helps me maximise my exposure and gain a bigger audience. In turn, this ups my chances to connect with potential clients, research opportunities, networking, helping give exposure to projects in need of funding etc.
🏴 Freelance services: The best way to support me is to hire me :) I offer a variety of freelance services including writing, editing, administrative assistance, pet/house sitting, research, etc
🏴 Travel consulting: I also offer itinerary planning and consulting for trips to Scotland. Everything from itinerary reviews to in depth planning to liaising with venues and vendors on your behalf.
🏴 Financial Support to offset the costs of the blog: Some have asked if there is a way to contribute to supporting my projects without hiring me for work. So I’ve set up a Ko-Fi account to help fund my content. Please know that this is not just a veiled, entitled ploy to fund vacations. This helps me to continue in my mission to create content that brings attention to Scottish heritage, culture and history, and unite people around the world in their love for Scotland. I believe these things offer value. While I do enjoy this passion very much, it still comes with sacrifices and isn’t cheap. I spend a LOT of time researching, writing, and photo processing to bring my stories to you. But I do not want to charge for my content. Thats part of the big picture is to make it accessible to everyone and get more people interested in these things! So this issue of charging is why I have struggled with the Patreon model (exclusive content for those who pay). Its great for many creators, but not for me. So any contributions, either one time or monthly, help me offset these costs. You can find my Ko-Fi page here, or just do directly through PayPal
🏴 Help with community building: I am always looking to build a network of folks around the world to run Scottish Wanderlust meet ups for people who want to connect with others in their areas who love Scotland.
🏴 Donate to a Scottish heritage project: There are lots of amazing people in Scotland trying to research, promote and protect heritage sites. This can be very expensive! They would appreciate any support you can give them. If you aren't sure which project you want to support, message me, and I'd be happy to offer some suggestions!
🏴 Join my Groups: I run the groups below, with the help of amazing admin teams, and with the involvement of wonderful members. I aim to create happy spaces, free of social media pitfalls such as politics etc. These are places where people can bond over their love for Scotland, and make friends with the same interests. If you are already in any of these groups, thank you! And you can continue to help by reporting any inappropriate, unfriendly, or disrespectful posts :)
I'm off now to catch up on emails and work on a new handmade project I'm excited about, and can't wait to share it with you soon! High Fives all around to making it out of 2019, enjoy your day!