The art of reinvention

I’ve been a consultant. A teaching assistant. Then there was that stint tutoring and as a canoe instructor. I’ve done the corporate world, the freelancing life and started a blog and side-business or three. I never really thought of myself as the reinvention queen but looking at my past, that’s exactly what I am. And I’m about to do it all over again. I started this blog because I wanted to write. I felt compelled to write. I had a lot to say and I needed to get it all out. My words needed a home. After taking time out…

When life forces you to slow down

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about feeling exhausted, and since then I’ve taken a break from writing. Something that unfortunately had to come off my calendar due to the sheer amount of ‘life’ going on – frequent travel, my birthday, Q’s birthday, renovating and everything else. It’s been a lot of fun, but my tank was nearing empty. After a week at home catching up I was all geared up to be super productive and knock some lingering tasks off my to-do list over the weekend. Of course, life had other plans. On Saturday I came down ill…

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…