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My Life Fits into a 3×4 m2 Garage

Well, that was an eye-opener… if you met me a year ago; I’d have laughed at you if you told me I would be doing what I am doing now. This time last year, I was looking into buying property, loved my flat, was hiring staff and feeling settled in my office and life.

I never took a gap year. I was in matric when I decided what I wanted to do, and even before then I had planned for many, many years to be a chef. I spent a decade growing into the businesswoman I am today.

I’m proud to say that I’ve changed a lot in the last year. I packed my whole life and have booked a ticket for a month of adventures. It’s been so hard and scary. I’ve had a few tears along the away, gotten lost, been rather scared at times but I have learnt things about myself that I would never have known or at least been brave enough to admit.




So what have I learnt over the last few weeks being homeless and traveling?

  1. 3×4 m is a big space – I own a lot of stuff and I’m proud of my beautiful purchases that have filled my home.
  2. I am a homebody… and home can really be anywhere you feel at peace.
  3. You can travel without internet but then be prepared to get lost… even with maps I got lot… maybe I am just a moron.
  4. Public transport is super cheap and easy to use… put your Nikes on and JUST DO IT! But pack wet wipes too (you won’t be sorry).
  5. French men are not sexy….Italy, please don’t disappoint… I’m coming soon for some romance, ha ha ha.
  6. Being uncomfortable /unsettled is kak but as long as you warm, fed and safe, it’s going to be okay.
  7. How much my mom’s voice can comfort me, aggravate me and bring me to tears all in one conversation… mommy’s girl to the end.

To my sister, who took a lot of grief for not being on track as young as I was, not knowing what she wanted to do like I did, not being driven or motivated enough like I was… I am sorry you had me as an older sister setting an unrealistic standard that I could not even maintain myself. I’m proud you took the time to live your life and find your way. You are my hero and I miss you so much every day.



I now know we all have our own path to travel and hope I can remember that when I have kids and they need me to be understanding and give support not guidance or answers.

Not sure when the garage is being unpacked and or where to next… but I can honestly say it’s okay – I’ve got my big girl panties on (they’ve been getting a lot of wear this year, lol) and I’m going with it.

I trust in God’s plan for my life, I have faith in my abilities and confidence that everything I encounter and overcome is building me into the person I am meant to be.

What else do we really need on this great adventure known as life?

No food in this post … but trust me … Food Is Love …I am the ultimate comfort eater :-) And my month overseas has totally tickled my taste buds.



Written by claire allen

Comments (One comment)

  • Jillian
    July 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    What a brave woman you are!!! Stepping out of the boat takes courage… realizing your purpose is an awakening…. changing your inner most dominant thoughts must have felt like a breath of fresh air!!

    Well done Claire, sounds like a fresh reality was exactly what you started, keep going forward.

    I doubt your sister is sorry to have had you as a role model, your difference was part of the plan.
    How else would the two of you realise just how much you can Learn and give of yourselves to one another.

    I’m so proud to call you my daughter.


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