11 Lessons from Burnout

The one positive thing to come from going through a tough period is personal growth. It doesn’t feel positive when you’re going through it of course, but you come out the other side realising how much you’ve learnt and the knowledge you’ve gained. Not just about yourself, but about the world too. Getting through Burnout alive was one of these periods of huge growth for me, and it’s only been recently that I’ve looked back and realised Wow – I’ve come a long way! This post is all about the lessons I learnt through Burnout recovery and making it through…

Living a slow, fast life

My mind is at home but my body is still 3000km away. We just returned home from a week away in Perth, Western Australia, followed by a few days back in Melbourne seeing friends. I love to travel, it’s in my DNA. But, unfortunately, the jump in an Uber with carry on luggage days are gone, and instead we schlep bags upon bags of kid stuff from car to shuttle to terminal. And back again. We’re now ‘those people’ who have stacked an airport trolley so high that you can’t turn a corner without losing the entire contents of your…

Living a Values based life

I’ve talked a lot about living in alignment with your Values and figuring out your Why, but you may be wondering what that actually looks like in everyday life. Figuring out your Why is certainly the most important piece of the puzzle but after that’s done you also need to translate that into the actions you take every day. Your Values are the day to day translation of your Why. They are more specific and prescriptive and therefore can more easily guide your decisions or plans. So what does it look like to live a Values based life? It might…

Surviving reverse culture shock: Two years on

Two years ago my husband and I boarded a one way flight to Hong Kong, en-route home to Australia. I’ve written about how hard the re-entry process was but now that we’ve been home for two years I want to reflect more on the notion of reverse culture shock. I read an article published in The Age last year that touched so accurately on this phenomenon. Namely, that it’s not moving to the other side of the world that’s hard, but coming home. Not many people talk about this – you just assume you will slot back into the hole…

Instead, write a not-to-do list

The to do list. We all make them, some of us stick to them and many espouse the benefits of writing no more than three items on theirs if they want to be productive and achieve big things. But what if we got rid of the to-do list altogether? What if we went to the productivity dark side and wrote a not-to-do list? The not-to-do list is a new trend in the productivity world, with the BBC recently publishing an article showcasing its benefits and detailing the successful people using them – like serial entrepreneur and author Tim Ferris who…

My Burnout Story

I’ve been quite apprehensive about writing this post. Not because I’m embarrassed or have anything to hide, but because I’m still figuring the ‘story’ out for myself. And most of all, how the story ends. I’m almost there but not rushing the process. It’s been a long road and while incredibly painful at times looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. So back to the start. I’ve always been Type-A. Do more, be more, achieve more was practically tattooed on my arm. This attitude all came to a head about two years ago when I started to notice the warning…

Announcement: Download Discover Why now!

A couple of weeks ago I gave a sneak peek of the resource I’ve been working on to help people uncover their Why, and I’m excited to announce that this free ebook is now finished and ready for you to download. Woo hoo! It’s called Discover Why – Achieve your dreams, find out what truly motivates you and uncover your true goals It’s a 25-page worksheet that steps you through the exercises to find your Values and Why. This book is for anyone who: Can’t stick to their goals and aren’t sure why Is frustrated with the lack of progress in…

Is your life in alignment with your Why?

Two years ago I left my corporate job in London to start my own business. It had been a dream of mine for years and I had counted down the days until I could hand in my resignation – a symbol of all the hard work, saving and sacrifice that I had put into making that day a reality. I was literally working seven days a week for two years just to be able to start enjoying my life. Looking back, it seems crazy. The problem was – and I had no idea at the time – I didn’t actually…

One month in

It’s a bitterly cold Spring day, but here we are, living in the country and loving it. I’ve been waiting for the what have we done?! moment to hit me – but nothing. We’ve made some new, wine-loving friends, and are enjoying the less erratic pace of life that was inner city living. I don’t miss the overstimulation that had started to get to me over the last few months – the traffic congestion, the cigarette smoke and the constant feeling of hurriedness that I felt stepping out the front door. There’s a slower way of life here that I…

Book Review – Leap Year

What happens when a writer sets out to overhaul every part of her life over the course of one year? She writes a book about it of course! Book Summary Leap Year is written by Helen Russell, a mid-30’s British writer living in rural Denmark who is starting to wonder what her future holds. Will she move back to the UK to be closer to her family? What does she want to achieve in her career? How can she be happier and more fulfilled? She’s feeling stuck and sets out on a period of self-experimentation all in the name of her ‘Leap…