Season’s Greetings!

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and whoever you are spending this Christmas period with, I hope you are and all who are dear to you are having a wonderful time. But realising that there will also be many for whom a happy holiday is not an option – if poverty, sickness, bereavement, depression, or the difficulties of life in general, mean that this … Continued

MBE: Talking Ocean Rowing with the Future King of Great Britain

You’ll have noticed that I don’t often blog on personal subjects these days, preferring instead to focus on my three pet topics of Adventure, Inspiration, and Environment, but I think you’ll want to hear about this. Yesterday I went with my mother, sister, and partner Howard, to Buckingham Palace to collect my MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). The award itself was … Continued

Revving up for Relaunch

This summer is an exciting time for me. With another book in the pipeline, due out 15th October, I’m revamping my website and getting my house in order, ready to hit the ground running (or the water rowing). I’m going to take August as a break from blogging – not that I won’t be busy writing behind the scenes, but I’d like to take a … Continued

Pacific Revisited: Disaster Minus 3

To herald the publication of my next book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, I am revisiting some of my blogs from the Pacific crossing, adding a postscript either with additional details or a kind of “if I’d known then what I know now….” comment. Day 8: What Was I Thinking? Roz Savage 19 Aug 2007, The … Continued

Pacific Revisited: Day 4

To herald the publication of my next book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, I am revisiting some of my blogs from the Pacific crossing, adding a postscript either with additional details or a kind of “if I’d known then what I know now….” comment. I seem to have got a bit confused on my chronology around … Continued

Thank You!

Following on from Saturday’s good news that I have been appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, I’d like to make the most of this chance to say an enormous thank you to the (literally) thousands of people who have supported me in my endeavours since I first cast myself upon the world’s oceans back in 2005. There is no way I could have … Continued

MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire. Or Making a Better Environment.

I am delighted to let you know that I have just been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to environmental awareness and fundraising. The recipients of this award, announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, are chosen by the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office on the advice of the Head of the Civil Service and the Main Honours Committee. It’s … Continued

The Peace Boat

I’ve just come back from 10 days on board the Peace Boat, a Japan-based nonprofit organisation that for the last 15 years has been sending a ship around the world with a mission to spread cultural awareness. I took part in its 79th voyage, a round trip from Japan via Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and central America. I have to … Continued

You Can’t Get There From Here

I’m reading some interesting books at the moment (yes, I currently seem to be unable to get to the end of one before I start another! does this happen to you?) and they are sparking off some interesting trains of thought that I’d like to discuss with you. The No-Growth Imperative: Creating Sustainable Communities under Ecological Limits to Growth, by Gabor Zovanyi, is a deliberately … Continued

Happiness and Meaning

“Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone – other than oneself – be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself – by giving himself to a cause or to another person to love – the more human he is.” (Viktor Frankl) The pursuit of happiness is seen, by some, as a selfish … Continued