08/04/2015 12:40 BST | Updated 07/06/2015 06:59 BST



My 12th and final trip of #12Countries12Months was meant to be completed with a weekend in Belgium accompanied by 3 of my most favourite girlfriends.

Four days before we were to depart from Waterloo to Brussels somebody very close to me, named Scot Young, unexpectedly committed suicide. Scot and I had recently broken up after five and a half years of being together, most of which we were engaged.

One thing I know in the deepest depths of my soul, where all true wisdom resides, is that #12Countries12Months prepared me for this loss.

Over the year I had traveled thousands of miles to discover new places and things only to truly discover myself. The incredible evolution I underwent has shaped me in to an almost recognizably conscious, empathetic, joyful person from where I started. The greatest journey any human take is that 13 inches from your head to heart.

Circumstances may have prevented me from exactly what I set out but the journey, rather the path, was perfectly organized to deliver me to exactly where I needed to be.

I look forward to exploring this new journey in more depth as I come in to a new stage in my life. Hopefully my postings will be of service to someone.