My name is Alex and I am a writer and wonder-seeker living in beautiful Shropshire.
This is my journey as I create a heart-full, mindful and conscious life, and one that I will share with you in the hope that you feel inspired and motivated to live YOUR happiest and most empowered life!
To me, living a heart-full, mindful and conscious life is to live life to the fullest, experiencing each blessed moment completely with deep awareness and active gratitude, and embracing each experience – happy or challenging – with our whole being. We can easily live a mindless existence of days that roll one into the next like a giant blur, unfulfilled and disconnected. What if you could live a vibrant, enriched life exploring your dreams, grounded in the present moment, following your heart and feeling so full to overflowing with love and appreciation? How would your life be different?
These are the things that I will contemplate and explore on my journey, and I invite you to do the same. It is a way of life that is open to everyone regardless of what beliefs you do or don’t subscribe to. Everyone is welcome here, and everyone deserves a truly wondrous life!
This is my story.
I have always been fascinated by how people find meaning in their lives, and the beliefs that they turn to for comfort, solace and empowerment. When I was 17 years old, I was introduced to New Age spirituality and over the following decade I leaned heavily on this for a sense of purpose, meaning and belonging… I knew there was more depth to life than we are generally taught to believe.
I immersed myself in New Age spirituality, and in my university studies I turned my attention to mythology, ancient cultures and literature as I tried to make sense of myself and the world around me. I traveled as much as I could: Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe… I wanted to feel connected to that which I felt was bigger than me but which I was an intrinsic part of.
Whilst travelling solo around New Zealand in early 2017, my search for connection and purpose intensified. I quit my job, booked a one-way flight, left my friends and family behind and took off on an intrepid adventure that turned out to be one of the most emotionally difficult periods of my life. I didn’t know it at the time, but this painful “cracking open” of my heart had in fact initiated my blossoming.
Many of the beliefs that I had adopted over the past 12 years began to fall away in New Zealand: like shadows on a wall, they no longer held up under my directed and conscious scrutiny. So, although I was left very uncertain and quite frightened, I began my journey to really get to know myself and my true connection to Life and the universe.
I had already begun writing about my experiences of life on my first blog, Indigo Gaia, back in 2015. But, I felt that so much inside me had changed and grown that I needed to start a new phase of my writing journey too. And so, alexandrapayne.co.uk came to be!
For the courageous wonder-seeker in you.
Life is a crazy road, I know. It can be terribly hard, paralysingly confusing, and sublimely beautiful. Like you, sometimes I do not know which way to turn or what to believe. This is why I have decided to build my life upon three strong pillars: heart-centred choices, mindfulness and conscious awareness. And my compass? Wonder. Whatever ignites my heart with wonder, I will pursue.
Life is unpredictable. But I fully believe that our existence is a blessing, and I fully intend to make the most of every. single. moment. of it.
I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that the discoveries I make on my journey through life will excite, ignite and inspire you to consciously and joyfully embrace and follow your path too.
Life is an adventure. You may not always know where you are going but by living from the heart and consciously participating in every moment, you will live your fullest, deepest, happiest life. Share the ride with me!
What you can expect from this blog
Fortnightly on Sundays I will post new content covering anything and everything to do with self-love, relationships, travel, adventure, mindfulness, book reviews, creative writing, interviews with inspiring peeps, ways to help empower yourself and, of course, stories and revelations from my journey. In short, anything I feel may help YOU to enrich and expand your experience of life.
Thank you so much for being on this journey with me!