I am Janet Finlay. Formerly a computer scientist and academic, I jumped career a few years ago to become a full-time dog trainer and coach, through my business Canine Confidence, and I have never looked back. I enjoy the freedom of being self-employed and have built a business that is predominantly online, offering online courses, a membership and now a book. Now edging closer to 60 than 50 and responsible only for my dogs, I am getting itchy feet and want to do something different. This trip is to give me a challenge and to see whether this nomadic lifestyle is for me in any more permanent way (part-time, full-time, regular extended trips?).
I have been asked a lot about how I feel about doing this alone. To be honest I am really looking forward to it! I have always been independent and self-sufficient. I am a natural introvert, finding company draining even when it is fun. So this suits me perfectly. I have lots of friends and family on the route round and I am sure I will meet random strangers, so I won’t be isolated, but I will always have my own space to go back to. I have some concerns about the practicalities – what I will do if I run into mechanical problems, how I will manage with the dogs on my own etc. But I will find my way through things as they arise. Security I am less concerned about. I will be careful about where I camp – and Martha is a formidable deterrent to anyone attempting to enter the van!
So I am looking forward to travelling, walking on lots of beaches, playing with new technology and editing techniques, writing, reading, spending time with the girls. I plan to learn to drop spin and crochet. I used to have a small flock of Shetland sheep and I still have bags of their wool waiting to be processed. Plus I will be taking the time to evaluate where I am, what I am doing and whether I want to change any of it. Everyone needs thinking time and space.