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Reasons Why Volunteering for The National Trust is Good for the Soul

Reasons Why Volunteering for The National Trust is Good for the Soul

If you’d have asked me if I’d be open to volunteering at the beginning of my working life, I’d have laughed in your face. I’ve always been driven by money and the thought of giving my time to anything or anyone, without receiving monetary compensation was outrageous. No way would I have given my time away for free. No way would I have gotten so involved with a company or charity, without it benefiting my bank account.

Now, when I look back at my naive and ignorant younger self, I’m a little bit ashamed. As I’ve gotten older and hopefully a little wiser, I’ve realised that money really isn’t everything. Don’t get me wrong, earning cash is often at the forefront of my mind. I’ve always been business driven, so leaving this mentality behind altogether isn’t an easy shift to make. What I know now though, is that it’s not all about making every single penny. It’s not all about working until the wee, small hours each night. It is all about making life as enjoyable and as rich with experience as possible.

Why I chose the National Trust –

I’ve lived very close to a beautiful National Trust property my whole life.  I have a real passion for the property and love to learn more and more about its history. I’ve been a National Trust member for many years too. Visiting new properties with Hubs and the girls is one of my favourite things to do. So when I decided that I wanted volunteer, my local National Trust property was the obvious choice.

I also felt like I would have a lot in common with other volunteers within the Trust. All with an interest in the same property and all with a love for our heritage, I was sure to meet like-minded people with whom I could build lasting relationships.

Reasons volunteering for the National Trust is good for the soul –

  • I get to meet and spend time with interesting and valuable people. This includes fellow volunteers, trust employees and visitors to the property I volunteer for. I love to spend time with people from all walks of life. We have serious conversations, debates and so many laughs. It’s good for the soul and certainly good for the mind.
  • I get to offer my areas of expertise to help the Trust. For me, this area is mainly focused around social media, over the past few years blogging has taught me so much and it feels good to be able to apply that knowledge to another worthy role.
  • I get to learn new skill sets, in areas that I’ve never had experience in before. Each and every time I turn up to do a volunteer shift. I learn something new. My mind is constantly being given a workout and I’m gaining valuable experience that I wouldn’t otherwise get if I didn’t volunteer for the Trust.
  • I feel proud of myself! There’s no better feeling that of self-worth and I think working with a charity is one of the best ways of inducing that feeling.
  • I get to broaden my historical knowledge. There’s always something new to learn and by spending time with people who are passionate about history, I’ve found that my own knowledge base is expanding. I learn something new on every shift and I love it!
  • I’m actively showing my children that life doesn’t always have to revolve around money. I’m showing them that life is all about balance and that finding the right level of work and play is essential for a happy soul!

 

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Holiday Bucket List – History, Relaxation & Wildlife!

Holiday Bucket List – History, Relaxation & Wildlife!

With a whole new year ahead of us, Hubs and I cant help but think about holidays. There are so many destinations that we would love to visit, from places to spend time relaxing on a beautiful beach. To heading out into the towns and cities of new places around the world, taking in their customs and culture. With two young children in tow, travelling doesn’t always come easy, but we have a holiday bucket list packed full of our dream holiday choices. Whether we get to visit them sooner, or later they’re places that we can’t wait to explore!

Having limited travel experience myself, means that I have an array of places on my list. All offering different things. Hubs has travelled much more than me, he knows that beach holidays aren’t really his cup of tea. For that reason his dream destinations are full of culture and history, with so much to see and learn. Between us though and with a little help from Destination 2, we have managed to choose three places from our holiday bucket list that for us are a must visit!

 

History: Greece –

First on our list is Greece. A destination that is steeped in history and culture. I would love to hire bicycles to explore this amazing place, taking in the architecture of famous landmarks. Hubs and I would also love to explore life in Greece off of the beaten track. I’m always amazed by how other people live and I’m sure we could learn a thing or two about living out in the sticks. Imagine what life would be like without our smartphones and the world at our finger tips. This trip would surely induce a lot of soul-searching. Greece is a destination that I’m positive we would never forget.

 

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Relaxation: Seychelles –

Even though relaxation isn’t at the top of my husbands to-do list, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to indulge every now and again! I love nothing more than taking some time out in idyllic surroundings, with a good book to escape every day life. I would love to experience the breathtaking views of golden sands and clear blue oceans. Having researched this area, I’m awestruck by the perfect coves surrounded by extraordinary sea life and exotic plants. I really believe that this would be the holiday of a lifetime, with there being such a contrast to how we live our lives over here. I think this is the ideal destination for us to visit as our girls get a little older. There’s so much for them to see and experience, it’s a holiday that we’d want them to remember!

 

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Wildlife: Sri Lanka –

I’ve always been a lover of wildlife, as I would much rather see the worlds amazing animals in their natural habitats. There are so many beautiful animals that I would love to see and I’m sure that Sri Lanka is the place to go to witness them. I know that this would be spectacular for our girls to experience too, you just can’t put a price of the beauty of the natural world. Holidays in Sri Lanka are often accompanied by wildlife tours. It’s possible to see elephants, whales, leopards and exotic birds among so much more. There’s even the opportunity to head on safari and to camp out in the wild. This really is my dream holiday destination, I get all excited just thinking about it!

 

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Over the next few years as our girls are more able to travel longer distances, we are sure to visit these amazing places. Hubs and I will make it our mission to allow our girls to experience the world as much as we possibly can. All we have to do now is decide where we’re heading first!

 

What destinations are on your holiday bucket list?

 

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*This post was written in collaboration with Destination 2. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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