I loved my life at home in Minnesota. It took me a while, but I finally felt like I started to find my people, my place, and my groove. I worked on the management team at a yoga studio, I taught yoga classes, I met a lot of amazing people that lived in the same “world” I lived in, I was surrounded by all things holistic health, and I decided my next step in life was to become a life coach.
"It" all lived inside of me for a long time, but finally started to come out and become real. I went through training to become a coach, began dipping my toes into working with other people, but still didn’t feel like I was living into my bigger purpose. Or in other words, I wasn’t giving life my all, I wasn’t showing up as big as I knew I was created to be.
The opportunity to travel extensively came at a really interesting time for me. I had finally arrived at a place where I could really grow within myself and my career, but at the same time was being called away from it. I just got “there” and then it was time to leave. Strange, right? I knew intuitively that the call to leave was from a place of purpose and greatness, but at the time I couldn’t see how. I only knew to follow the feeling in my gut/intuition/heart that gave me no words.
When we left home I had one specific goal for my future: To step up my game. To turn a chapter in my life and never go back to playing small. To be a bigger and greater presence in the world. Not because I think I’m all that great and magnificent, but because I knew that I could be more and give more. I knew that I’d been given gifts and experiences that must be shared. That feeling/voice inside of me was always there, would never leave, and still hasn’t. Instead of fearing that voice however, I’ve now come to fear and love it at the same time. It’s my greatest guide.
Taylor and I showed up in Australia with no idea what to expect, and increasingly low funds. What surprised me the most about this experience was that I had never felt so RICH in my life. Our bank account was the lowest it's been ever, but I felt surprisingly alive, adventurous, and wealthy in a way that I’d never experienced before.
Moving to Sydney has been one of the greatest gifts. We feel like we’ve hit the jackpot, or so I try and remind myself everyday as I look around. We love where we live, as well as the people we live with. We’re very blessed.
Taylor’s been working at the Flagship Apple Store, and recently got promoted. There’s more opportunity here for him to grow and pursue what he’d like to within the company, so we plan to stay here as long as it still feels right. We honestly have no idea how long that will be, but for anyone getting really sad right now as they read this: We will come back sometime, don’t worry! That’s the plan.
Since we moved to Sydney I’ve spent the majority of my time working on my business as a coach: creating products and services to help people bridge the gap between where they are now to where they want to be, to bring more meaning and purpose into their lives, and ultimately feel more happy and fulfilled. I’ve talked about doing this kind of work for years, but this is the first time that it’s real and actually happening. The power of clarity is huge, as well as the power of knowing WHY you want something. The last few months have been both amazing and challenging, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything because I know I’m doing exactly what I need to be doing. For some reason I needed to get to the other side of the world to figure that out! Strange how life works, isn’t it?
All this to say, this website and this blog are about to change. Travel is a huge part of our lives and we will continue to update everyone with where we are, what we're doing and what we’re learning, but there will be more inspiration and a general focus of life, purpose, and meaning from me here as well as your inbox.
For Taylor, stepping up his game right now means choosing to be a leader at Apple, and for me it means facing my fears and starting my business. I can only speak for myself, but I am SCARED. And I love that I’m petrified because it means that I’m truly playing a bigger game and doing THAT which is my greatest gift and my greatest good. Fear is an excellent guide to what we must do. I’ve discovered firsthand that in order to feel happy and fulfilled you must constantly and consistently answer the call to GROW and the call to GIVE. Life is so much more than just what we want or have, it’s about who we are and what we do with the time, skills, and passions we’ve been given. It’s about facing fears and serving at your highest level.
If any of this resonates with you and you’re curious about more, please feel free to reach out. Over the course of the following months I will be explaining more in blog posts, emails, and on my website about what this means, what I have to offer, and how to get involved. If you’re ready to give it a try now or want to learn more about how I can offer support and guidance in your life, head over to the contact page and send me a message. I’d love to have a chat about how I can support you along your journey.
Until then, I wish you all the very best!