Social media switched off. Real life switched on.


Nemo;ย This pic was taken after work today – seeing Nemo in a proper bridle for the first time this evening made me well up! He is so beautiful! I have been riding him in a bareback saddle-pad and a halter all this time until now. Tonight was a big step forward into being able to do more with him. Proper saddle and bridle means more communication channels for us both and if he has a skitz (unlikely but could happen at any moment – horses will be horses!) I will have more grip with stirrups!

I call him ”The King” and I believe that, he is the King of Cairns. One of the most majestic animals I have ever met. He looks like a pure fluff ball here but in real life he is like a walking movie star #blackbeauty

Work; The AJ Hackett International Annual Summit 2019 was held in Bali recently, I was so lucky to be one of the Crew representing Cairns. It was a huge privilege to stay at AJ’s beautiful Pondok Santi Estate on the paradise island of Gili Trawangan.


During the Summit I learned so much about the business; how the other sites around the world work and how the teams from each location (under different governing rules around the globe) operate. Bungy Jumping / Adventure Tourism is a unique sector with many moving parts.

I left the Summit feeling on my deathbed after a big celebration on the final night! As I look back to my time there now I am so grateful for all the learning. There is so much going on at AJ Hackett Cairns at the moment – the Summit came at a perfect time to nail the close of 2019 and push onto a more successful 2020.

Mum; From the Summit I went back to the mainland, to meet my Mum and her friend, for a couple of days in Seminyak. We went for some lovely meals, shopped a bit and had massages. As always, time flew! Mum loves Bali – it was nice to see how much she enjoys being there.

CrossFit; No word of a lie; I actually nearly cried in CrossFit today – I believe this is the first time I have nearly broken down in the gym! This was my third day back after 3 weeks off (I haven’t worked out since before Bali) and my body feels heavy and out of sync.

I am used to feeling fit and good to go – feeling out of shape is a feeling me no likey! The tears today (nearly) came from frustration with myself, I get really annoyed with the fact that I struggle with many of the weight movements – surely I should know a bit of what I’m doing by now right?.

… Now the hour has passed; I’m glad I kept going. I’ll be back tomorrow and Friday – then next week it should all start to click again. Don’t skip training for so long!

Visa; The word ‘visa’ is a word I can’t wait to delete from my vocab once I FINALLY get my permanent residency through. I remember sharing back in June; saying I was excited as the papers were being sorted and my application was off the blocks … and look now, it’s October 16th and I am still in process with it.ย Dear Life; keep me patient and give me strength. Again, let’s see how I go. I will get there EVENTUALLY.

Goodbyes;ย A couple of my best Cairns friends started leaving a few weeks back. Now for me, the place is totally different to what it was when they were here. I have retreated back into my shell to focus on getting shit done. I miss the good people but as always ”I’ll be right” … travel friends come and go. To meet people you actually want to see again, somewhere else one day, is a fortunate feeling.

Social Media; I deactivated my Facebook and Instagram pages when I was in the airport about the fly back from Bali. At the time I was running on a emotion – it had been a big 10 days. Often, over the years, I have taken action based on emotion and later thought ”probs shouldn’t have done that” but I haven’t once regretted or missed it.

I have been on Facebook and Instagram since they both launched in the UK 10 years+ ago and have spent goodness knows how many days/ weeks/ months of my actual life glued to my phone. I dread to think!

… Everything felt worth it and important at the time but hey, look now; I can’t remember most of the stuff I have ever posted there. Anyhoo – sosh is off the table for me at the mo. I have set up a fake account, to connect for work purposes only, but that’s it. Feels good to have real life in my face more. If I want to talk to loved ones I use messenger or Whataspp … Social media is rarely real life!ย 


Diving; I have been on some amazing dives since I last wrote and am going to write individual blogs for each (so I won’t go into detail now) but here’s a pic from last weekend on the truly amazing Passions of Paradise. I LOVE diving.

Booking it in for a Sunday, so I have the whole week to get excited, is one of the best things about living in Cairns. Whatever is going on above the surface leaves me when I descend – the Reef is the Garden of Eden and I am forever planning my next trip out.

Relationships; Non-existent. Not looking. Nothing has changed since I last wrote on the subject! Focusing on myself is the best for me right now. Let’s see what happens!

Russell Brand; One of his videos came up on my YouTube recently and I have since watched/ listened to a lot of what he has to say. He is such an interesting, flamboyant and highly entertaining human.

He has enjoyed great success, huge lows and is now in a place where he is inspiring millions to live as their best (and truest) selves. I am convinced there is something for everyone on his YouTube. Check it out. Enjoy!

Fed up of your own shit?; We’ve all been there. I like to call it ”adulting”. I don’t think there’s a grown human on this earth who hasn’t been through their own turmoil at some point.

Whatever you may be going through, or perhaps you want a read to take preventative actions not to slip n’ slide back to your old ways; I highly recommend the new best seller by Gary Bishop ‘Stop doing that sh*t”.

An easy, hard-hitting read. Only read if you are actually looking for change as he doesn’t mess about and yes, the truth can/ will hurt you but used effectively it can help you too. Enjoy!

What’s next?; Keep plodding with visa. Make the most of Riding, CrossFit, Diving and Bungy! Work is hectic so that’s great – the busier I am, the better!

That’s it for now – apologies if you have tried to get me on Facebook/ Insta but I have no plans to return, not right now anyway. I want to get back to what I’m made of and being glued to a phone is not it. Nature, animals, fitness, my career and good people are my jam!

Thank you for reading – You can contact me any time here or here ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Have a great day!






  1. Rendall
    October 16, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    You always write in reality and you have a very adult head. However, you are such fun to be with and I do not know anyone with such independence, confidence and joy of life. Respect. Xxx

    • laralain
      November 10, 2019 / 11:19 am

      Sorry I have only just seen this comment – thank you for the kind words. And thank you for reading. Love you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rod Mills
    October 17, 2019 / 5:29 am

    Good to see you are still alive and kicking! A break from the constant beeping and buzzing of Social Media will do upu no harm at all!

    • Rod Mills
      October 17, 2019 / 5:31 am

      “…do *you* no harm…”. Lol

      • laralain
        November 10, 2019 / 11:21 am

        Got it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • laralain
      November 10, 2019 / 11:20 am

      Hey Rod! Sorry I have only just seen this – definitely alive and kicking. Everything is easier without socials. I have spent yearsssss of my life on my pages, and now I look back and am like OK TIME TO FOCUS MORE ON REAL LIFE ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for reading as always and hope you are well and excited for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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