In May 2014, I gave up my job and life in London in order to try living as a full-time writer. A series of events eventually brought me to the small Greek island of Sifnos where, between September and December 2014, I spent 100 days living alone, off-season, in a house built for summer, and writing every day. 100 days of solitude started off as a blog, a way for me to record this experience of finally living in a way that made sense to me, and of coming to terms with all the changes that process entailed, the things I had to let go and the things I gained on my way to becoming the most authentic version of myself. But what began as a personal project, an exercise in self-discipline and accountability, soon took on a life of its own. The blog was read by hundreds of people on a daily basis, and the project was funded by a crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter, which exceeded its original target and allowed me to stay here and write, for those 100 days and beyond.
The project – my original 100 days – ended on December 23, 2014 and 100 days of solitude, a collection of all one hundred daily entries, was released as a book in March 2015, and is available to buy on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. In the year since its publication, it has been read by thousands of people worldwide, and has become a sort of accidental self-help guide to doing what you love, inspiring its readers to make changes in their own lives and reach for their dreams.
As for me: I wasn’t ready to go back after my 100 days were over. Obstinance, miracles, and the kindness and generosity of friends and strangers alike allowed me to stay on my island, and write and publish another book (a novel entitled you can’t name an unfinished thing), until November 2015, when I finally returned to London. There I spent six months living very happily and very differently until another series of events brought me back to Sifnos, now, in May 2016. Back here, where it all began.
And the story continues.
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