Dubbed the “the backpacking Bridget Jones," Katy Collins turned her heartbreak into headlines. After Collins was dumped by her fiance, she decided to a journey around the world of Eat, Pray, Love proportions. But the journey didn't just heal her broken heart. It changed her life.
Five years ago, Collins was engaged to be married. "I thought I was the luckiest girl alive," said Collins. ‘I had this amazing man, who had asked me to marry him. Everything had gone according to plan. He’d even asked my dad for permission for my hand." But as Collins planned the wedding, she was completely unaware her course was about to change.
Just weeks before her dream wedding, Collins' fiance broke up with her. The news came as a shock to Collins. "I felt like I’d been punched. We didn’t have a row. I couldn’t get the words out. I couldn’t process it," said Collins. "He packed a bag and went. I couldn’t breathe. I remember sliding down the wall and sitting on the floor, in the foetal position. It was physical pain. My heart actually ached."
But instead of moping about the breakup, Collins decided to pull a full Eat, Pray, Love and travel the world. Collins sold "everything that wasn’t nailed down, bar the dress." Sometime women change their hair after a break up. Some women change their life.
Collins wrote about her travels in her blog Not Wed or Dead. "I have climbed an active volcano in Chile, slept in a Thai jungle, got covered in Holi powder in India, skydived in France and even taken a flight past Mount Everest," said Collins of her travels. That's one way to get your groove back!
Collins' blog grew popular and eventually lead to a book deal with Harper Collins. "Ironically, an editor called me on what would have been our third wedding anniversary. It is poignant to think how far I'd come through hard work, being brave and wanting to live the biggest life I could," said Collins.
But Collins' story has recently taken an unexpected turn. Once an inspiration for single women everywhere, Collins recently got married and had a child. And the story is just as incredible as her single life.
In a blog post entitled, "I've Found My Happily Ever After," Collins wrote about her romance. "Trust me, it sounds just as crazy to you as it does to me," she wrote. "In a plot twist that could have come from one of my novels, the man I'm marrying is the journalist who 'broke' my story with the world. I feel like I'm living in a real life rom-com!"
Collins met John Siddle 10 years ago while the two of them were studying journalism in college. The two lost touch since their college days. However, Siddle was tasked with writing about Collins' single life for the Liverpool Echo, and the two reconnected.
Collins began to lean on Siddle during tough times. "He became my rock when the tabloids magnified (and in some cases, distorted) my break-up, he cheered the loudest from the sidelines when all three of my books were released and he gets me. The real geeky, messy, stubborn, cake eating, book devouring, crying at adverts, the unapologetic version of me that had been rejected so painfully before," said Collins.
It's amazing that the story of losing one love can lead to another. Before you can say, "get your groove back," the pair were engaged. "As the year whirled on I fell hard and fast in love with him, we moved in together then he asked me a question and I said yes," said Collins.
Collins and Siddle began planning their wedding. But once again, Collins found her wedding plans derailed - but in the best way possible. The couple was expecting a child, so they decided to push their wedding forward. Collins wanted to "start our family life before two become three."
Collins said that she wasn't fearful to tie the knot again. "Time really does heal, no matter how utterly irritating that well-worn cliche is. I am proof that being dumped can be the start of incredible things – proof that there's someone out there who will turn up at the right time," said Collins.