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How did I come to be writing about myself on this page right now?
Well... I stood at the fork in the road for quite some time, before deciding to take 'the road less travelled.'
Has it made all the difference?
To find a starting point for this particular journey, I need to go back 4 years... my 45th Birthday...
I celebrated with my family at our home on the beautiful South Coast of NSW, Australia. We shared food, wine & fun, but the next day returned to the sameness of every other day... a groundhog day... work, work, eat, work, sleep, work, work....
No... this is not some sort of crisis! And I'm not in the middle of my life!
I don’t for one minute buy into the idea that wanting to change the direction of your life, making some choices for the way that you want to live, doing the things you’ve always wanted but never really thought you could, is a crisis... this is an AWAKENING!
This awakening involves a shift in mindset. I heard it described once as “the cells rearranging themselves in your body” as you become aware that you can design your own life. You don’t have to be controlled by other factors; an unreasonable boss, a lousy bank account, lack of time, a stifling routine, a myopic viewpoint, what the relatives think, or any other perceived obstacle!
What is a crisis, is realising you need or want change and doing NOTHING about it. So this could have been a crisis story, but I’m glad to say it isn’t!
Going back some years...
I began my career as a high school teacher at the age of 22. Married at 24, had two amazing children, battled a threatening illness, divorced at 29, single mum for the next 16 years.
Being at home with my children in their formative years was of paramount importance to me. I had quit my job as my health and my children were priority. Needless to say, I had no savings, lived from week to week, struggled to provide for my children, yet fortunately, had very supportive parents who would get me out of financial strife on more than one occasion. But, those financial frustrations were demoralising.
I turn 45. My two children are on the path to making their own lives in their chosen careers. Their independence is within their grasp and I am happy about the direction they are headed. I have slowly worked my way back into a teaching career over the past 12 years, purchased my first house, found my soul mate, and I start to rediscover who I am.
Who am I? I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a teacher; all roles that I have performed well. BUT niggling my insides is the desire for a broader and bigger engagement with life and with who I am. The Kerrie who has pushed self aside, now wants to create beauty, travel, explore, help others, take better care of herself, look after her partner, give back to her parents, inspire her children, increase her knowledge, help her community, add value to other people’s lives, and much more. It’s time to reawaken that potential, that has lay dormant during the drought of time and money. It’s time to grow those talents and abilities, to realise the greater contribution that can be made to family, friends and society and self.
So... the past 4 years have been uncomfortable, as I’ve wrestled with my need for change; change that I had no idea how to manifest. So strong was this need to live a life by my design, that I experienced great restlessness and frustration. My job started to lose its appeal, no longer challenging or satisfying. Sundays became depressing as I anticipated the following week, working 9 hour days, with still no more money or time to live out my bigger vision. I complained, I felt resentful, while knowing that these feelings were taking me further away from the person I wanted to be. These years turned, I continued to complain, lived in hope, spent money on lottery tickets, lived in hope, wished and wished some more, proclaimed the unfairness of life, bought more lottery tickets, continued to hope, whinge and complain.......
We are strange creatures to say the least. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise a fundamental truth. The only factor that was preventing me from living MY life, MY way, was...ME!
I was the problem.
September 2008 - Finally... I took ACTION! I began to seriously search. I opened a newspaper, located an ad, acted upon its directive and today I’m on a journey, designing my life the way I want it to be.
April 2009 - The path I've chosen is leading me to greater knowledge and skills. It has opened the way for broader travels. My voyage is exhilarating; I’m sailing calm waters and battling some choppy seas. The passage has obstacles, but I’m not alone on my journey. I have all I need to make it safely to the shore where the life I have designed is being created. I’m focused on a mission to help others, like me, take that 'road less travelled', make it over the bumpy tarmac and take the flight of freedom.
My determination has equipped me with a survival mentality, where failure is NOT an option! I am still working long hours, but with renewed purpose, I read, watch and listen to whatever I can, to learn how to be the best I can, and I have a savvy training system that is teaching me about marketing.
If you want to come along on this journey with me, I will teach you what I have learnt and point you towards the knowledge you need to succeed.
I am doing it.. and you can too!
That path I took... has it made all the difference? You bet!
To Your Prosperity!
My Location: Australia