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It seems like the most common greeting I hear now is – been busy? Never really posed as a question though, more like a commiseration on a common struggle.
What happened to – Hi, how are you? Before we assume that everyone is living a crazy busy life?
I am often asked how I ‘find the time’ to fit it all in and still have time for myself. I do tend to have a lot of different things going on at any given time and I always have. This used to cause me so much stress, I wanted to do it all and tried to force things to work way too often. I felt like there was a constant internal battle within me, pulling my attention from commitment to commitment. Even though I did well in majority of the things I was involved in, I was rarely truly focused on the task at hand. I felt like I had to push through my life. My mentality was ‘the struggle will be worth it in the end.’ But after every ‘end’ the next things began.
Fast forward and now I have the same amount of commitments and am constantly taking on new projects and adventures, but the difference? Now everything flows. Everything falls together in perfect timing and things very rarely feel forced or stressful. If those feelings of stress start to creep up I now know how to pull myself back and not get consumed by overwhelm.
Below are 3 key lessons I have learnt that help me get what I want to done and also make sure I spend time on myself.
Think ‘choice’ management not ‘time’ management.
I hear a lot of people justify their lack of organisation with “I am just not good at time management.”
To be honest I think this is a big cop out.
Time is not something we can ‘manage’ simply because we have no control over ‘time’. We are all blessed with the exact same 24 hours each new day, 7 days per week. When we think that we are ‘just not good’ at managing something that is outside of our control it makes sense and we can easily justify our lack of getting stuff done to ourselves.
What we do have control over is our choices. We choose what we prioritise and what we ‘spend our time on.’ We are all responsible for OUR choices, it is our choices that we need to shift our focus onto managing to be able to get more done. Not just ‘more’ done but more of what is important done.
When we think of it as choice management it can be a lot more confronting for us to think that maybe we are just making poor choices. When we take responsibility and hold ourselves fully accountable for what we choose to do we will always get more of the right stuff done.
Remember that when you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. We all make the choice on what we say yes to.
Set priorities and make YOURSELF a priority.
When we are confronted with so many options to choose from and asked to be involved in so many different things, it was be hard to keep up with what we are saying yes to which leads to over committing ourselves. Over commitment tends to lead to either a) burning out with no time to look after yourself or b) creating a habit of not following through with commitments.
A simple way to know when you should be saying yes and when you should be saying no, is to know your priorities and know what you stand for and value.
When you are clear on what it is that you value, whatever it is for you, it becomes easier to know whether or not the opportunity before you is something you should pursue. If it fits in with your values and is something you have the ability to prioritise then great, go for it! If it isn’t aligned with what you want to focus on then say no. You never have to feel bad for saying no, because by doing that you are saying yes to the things you want to focus on.
Setting priorities will help you get more done, every morning ask yourself – what is the most important thing for me to get done today?
Whatever it is, do that first! When we do the important things first the smaller things fall into the gaps however if we start with the smaller not so important things they tend to take up a lot of time and energy and often the bigger important things are postponed.
Know what your priorities are and get your important stuff done first!
Most importantly, make sure that your self-love cup is on your priority list. Do something to fill yourself up, to energise yourself. When you feel good, everything in your life becomes easier and flows more seamlessly.
Transform your ‘Busy Mindset’ into an ‘Abundance Mindset’.
It is like being busy has become an addiction that we try to out-do each other on. It seems like everyone likes to think that they are busier than everyone else around them. Having a lot on is one thing but being at the point of wishing you ‘had the time’ for something but being ‘too busy’ to do it, is another.
Busy-ness often leads to being rushed, making compromises, stress and ultimately burning out. When you live in a busy mindset you always think that you will never have enough time to get it all done.
When we flip the switch and think “I have all the time in the world” and “I have all the time that I need.” We start to create an abundance mindset and we find that we really do have all the time that we need.
Whenever I feel like I am running late or not going to meet a deadline, I stop, take a breath and say to myself “I have all the time that I need.” And I always do.
It sounds so simple but it is so effective, when our mind is racing on overdrive from thinking we don’t have enough time, it takes us longer to do what we need to. When we stop, clear the mind and affirm that we do have the time, we are more focused and everything will fall into place.
So remember -
Think ‘choice’ management not ‘time’ management.
Set priorities and make YOURSELF a priority.
Transform your ‘Busy Mindset’ into an ‘Abundance Mindset’.
You are in control of and are responsible for your choices. You deserve you make yourself a priority. You have all the time that you need to do the things that really matter.
According to the dictionary Gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”
Beautiful quality to have, there is so much to be thankful for! Yet so many people go through the motions of life in a haze of disappointment. When we are constantly comparing our current situation to where we want to be in the future, where we were in the past or where other people around us are at, we lose touch with how much there is in front of us right now to be grateful for.
For me, gratitude is the fastest and most beautiful way to bring me back to the present moment. To make me realise that whatever worry, stress or anxiousness I am feeling is only caused by my mind trying to take me anywhere but where I am. When I ask myself “what are you grateful for right now?” It anchors me in and allows me to show so much appreciation to how my life is right now, it is the most effective way for all those unwanted feelings to melt away. It also allows me to express appreciation to those feelings because they act as a prompt to make me more present.
Expressing gratitude has been a habit of mine for a while now so when Carlo told me about his Vibe Tribe Gratitude Mastermind, I was very interested in finding out more. We have just completed an intensive 14 days where we express 3 things each that we are grateful for. Although I do note down 3 things I am grateful for each night, Carlo’s challenge was to get really specific and go deep with exactly why we are grateful for what we listed.
"It's not about being positive all the time, terrible things are going to happen, but gratitude teaches you how to appreciate both the good and bad" - Carlo Cirillo
I threw a few questions at Carlo Crillo – lifestyle entrepreneur, founder of Project Infinite and mastermind behind the Gratitude Vibe Tribe, to gain some more insights behind his thoughts on gratitude and how everyone can establish a gratitude practise.
Tell me about the inspiration behind your Gratitude Mastermind?
Late last year a mentor of mine took me under his wing and gave me full immersion guidance for about 3-4 weeks, Practicing & expressing gratitude every single day. In the process he showed me how to get really specific, deep and how you can acknowledge and be grateful for every little thing in life. Whether it was objects, feelings, emotions, senses, personal attributes, people, good or bad situations, basically anything in life. This really opened my eyes to how everything effects and impacts each other but also how much appreciation I had for life and everything in it. I saw how much it has helped me and knew it could help others too and I knew it would be doing him an injustice not passing this valuable tool onto others, so I decided to form the Vibe Tribe Gratitude Mastermind.
What impact has expressing gratitude had on your life?
Expressing Gratitude has given me a strong awareness for all the little things around me, the power to control my emotional state and it has changed the way I see the world. I can find peace at any moment, as far-fetched as that seems there is a blessing and thankfulness to be found in all situations, with this peace I find myself happier and more appreciative. How can you be angry and upset when you are thankful? Someone, somewhere in the world could only dream of being able to go through what you are going through, or have what you have. It's not about being positive all the time, terrible things are going to happen, but gratitude teaches you how to appreciate both the good and bad and see the benefits of both. Mental alchemy. Even in the not so positive moments throughout the day there is so much to be grateful for and it's been able to help me realize that certain times for me that seemed to be “the worst of my life” were in fact huge blessings. "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha
And what impact has that had on the people around you?
I feel by me expressing gratitude and having this appreciation for life, all the things in it I am able to effect the people around me simply by being a better human being. I find I focus more on listening and being present which is something people really appreciate. I am able to help others see the good which in turn can shift their paradigm and give them the ability to look through a new perspective.
How can others bring more gratitude into their life on a practical level?
A few simple ways anyone can practice more gratitude in their life would be to firstly in the morning, just as you are under the covers in bed, say thank you. And just think as to why you are thankful. I do this every morning, Thankful for being able to wake up breathing and live another day. We are gifted 86,400 seconds of life in a day, I think it's only fair to spend a couple of those seconds just to say thank you. Another way can be writing down 3 things you are grateful for each night before bed. It can be literally anything! A person, feeling, emotions, place, object, experience, situations, dreams, attributes etc. Make sure it is very specific, for example instead of just saying: “I am grateful for my family”, narrow it down to the deep specifics like “I am grateful for the strong and loving relationship between me and my mum – and specifically because of the phone call we had today.” Then underneath that write how that specific affects you personally - your feelings, your actions, your emotions. Then how it impacts your community and the people around you by you having those feelings, action and emotions. And then how that specific gratitude impacts the world on a global scale – ie: how others would benefit from having that situation in their life, strong and loving relationships with parents. Once you get the hang of it, you can go wild expressing gratitude for everything & anything!
What are 3 things you are grateful for right now?
I am sincerely grateful for the blessing of another day alive on earth, My relationships – family and friends and everything that has happened in my past
What are 3 things you are grateful for night now? I would love to hear, you can leave a comment below.
Thank you for reading x
With love, Rachel
Here is my list from the past 14 days. I could write an entire post on each of them but I’ll keep it short and sweet in here. If you would like my specific reasoning behind why I was grateful for that particular thing on each day, I’d love to share more. You can connect with me here x
1. My laptop and internet for enabling global connections
2. Car and ability to drive and teach people to drive
3. My Breath
4. The Sun
5. My bed – the warmth and security it provides
6. My Dad
8. My shower
9. Working with some of my close friends
10. My life coach
11. A fellow coach’s blog post – for the inspiration it provided me with
12. My board position with Mallee Family Care
13. My position in the Mildura Young Professionals Network
14. A Place to call home, my shelter
15. My job
16. Being asked to speak about leadership to local primary school students
17. Thai food
18. A good friend of mine’s surgeon
19. People who give me feedback
20. Randoms who smile at me
22. Fire alarms in my house
23. My cousins
24. My coaching clients
25. Rotary and all service clubs
26. Mum for cooking me dinner
27. My epsom salt, coconut oil, essential oil bath
Theme – ‘personal attribute’
28. My courage
29. My ability to let things go and move forward
30. My sense of adventure
Theme - ‘feelings and emotions’
Theme - ‘objects around me’
34. My pen
35. My sun lamp alarm
36. My Pandora ring
Theme – ‘specific situation from the day’
37. Doing Meals on Wheels at work
38. Yogi Barre class I went to
39. Time with my youngest sister
40. The opportunity to participate in Carlo’s gratitude mastermind
41. The abundance of love, support and encouragement I am surrounded with
42. The blessing to live another day
“If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together”
For me this quote encapsulates everything about my Japan experience. Last year I took on one of Project Futures International Challenge’s to hike the Kumano Kodo – a rugged pilgrimage walk that has been used for centuries as a rigorous training ground by Buddhist monks because of its steep mountains and isolated surroundings – and also raise $2000 to go towards fighting human trafficking in Cambodia. If you would like to know more about why I initially got involved you can read my past blog post here.
The first challenge was to raise $2000 – At first I thought this would be easy, I thought this was such an amazing cause so who wouldn’t want to contribute? I thought that because I was so passionate about it I could simply share my views on social media and get people to give me their money, surely I could get 100 of my 1600 Facebook friends to donated $20? No, not quite. While my Facebook posts attracted a few likes and spread a bit of awareness, everyone was pretty reluctant to hand over their cash. I fundraised at a couple of small existing events but was still well off my target with only a couple of months to go. A lot of people were talking to me about it like I should be stressed, but I wasn’t. I knew everything would work out, I just needed a new plan.
I decided to run a dedicated event to generate some hype, awareness and hopefully funds to really get the fundraising going. I was blown away by the response to the High Tea that raised over $900. Further to that it created some much needed momentum, I was invited to events to speak about Human Trafficking, people started approaching me wanting to donated, people kept coming to me with ideas on how to raise more and my Rotary club got right behind me to run a fundraiser night that raised over $700. I found that once I actively started doing stuff to spread awareness and actually got in front of people to tell them why I wanted to join the fight against human trafficking that so many people showed so much support. Once I got people involved and on the journey with me the funds flowed in and I ended up raising just over $2700.
With 2 weeks to go before I was venturing off to Japan, I was incredibly unprepared to say the least. My hiking boots were barely worn in, I didn’t really know what hike appropriate clothing I needed, I had no idea if there was anything I needed to do before entering Japan, I didn’t even know what the currency was there or how much money I’d need to take. Most of this information was in the info pack we received well in advance, (probably should have read that). Everyone was asking me questions that I didn’t know the answer to. When I look back there was a lot more I could have done to prepare myself but I love going into new things with little expectations and seeing how it plays out. I learn the best by seeing and doing things so no amount of reading up of things could have ever really prepared me for what was to come.
When I arrived in Japan I had to make my own way from Osaka to Kyoto, I was feeling a little nervous about this as I am not the best with directions and public transport. I got there though with plenty of time to spare! What I quickly learnt was that people in Japan are so nice and generous! I must have looked lost a few times as I had a few people come up to me and ask if I was ok and needed help to find where I was going. After I caught the train and the subway and was finally on the right street (I was 96% sure it was the right street) I was having trouble finding the hotel so I went into a shop and asked the man working for directions, he told me I had walked past it and that I was on the left hand side of the road. I went out and started walking back when a few minutes later the man came running up behind me apologising and telling me the hotel was actually on the right hand side. One small example of how beautiful all the people I came across in Japan are.
My first night in Japan was my first attempt at using chopsticks, let’s just say it took me a while to eat my noodles. I quickly learnt that Japanese food = amazing and if I wanted to enjoy it I needed to master eating with chopsticks. Happy to say by the end of the trip I was pretty pro, at least to my standards.
The first full day in Japan was spent on an urban hike exploring Kyoto and getting to know the awesome bunch of people I would be spending the rest of the trip with. It was fascinating seeing how every detail has a story behind it, the attention to detail and meaning was amazing. One of my favourite stories was about why the foxes were the sacred guards to some entrances. The short version of the story is that rice is like gold in Japan and there was a time when mice would come and eat all the rice, then came the foxes who ate the mice and saved the rice. All hail the Fox, protector of the rice. The whole day we saw countless shrines and temples, I climbed through a hole in a rock that was supposedly meant to bring a new relationship into my life and I ate the head of an octopus. We walked down these stairs that if you trip while walking down you will die in three years, when one of us almost tripped there were a lot of relieved faces looking our way. Today before the actual hike had even began I walked over 27,000 steps. A good warm up.
The next day was spent travelling by train to the seaside city Kii-Tanabe. The most eventful thing on the train was seeing the safety instruction card ‘in the case of a tsunami’ I thought the likelihood must be pretty high for them to put these at every seat. When we got to the new city it was beautiful. We enjoyed dinner with unbelievably delicious food and soulful conversations and were getting pumped to be starting the Kumano Kodo the next day. A couple of interesting things I learnt about Japan that night – The streets in the restaurant/bar area are like a confusing maze, they were first designed like this so the enemy would get lost of the way to the castle and now the local business owners benefit when people who have had one too many can’t find their way out so they just go into the next bar. The second thing is that you can’t gamble for cash in Japan but what you can do is win prizes and then go next door and exchange them for cash. It is funny how it is human nature to find ways around the rules.
Hiking the Kumano Kodo – The time had come to start our pilgrimage, to experience our spiritual adventure. The hiking was challenging, there is no amount of walking on flat ground that will ever prepare you for a steep climb up a mountain. Going up was physically exhausting, going down was mentally draining. You have to have complete focus on where you are putting your feet. We started with a long steep climb and then the rest of the day wasn’t so bad. We had a really great guide with us who was not only helped in how to hike but really enriched our experience with his knowledge on the history of the sacred path. Great conversations made the time go faster and before we knew it we had walked for over 7 hours and arrived at our first guest house for an overnight stay. The family running the guesthouse were lovely and prepared a gorgeous feast for our dinner. I crashed very shortly after dinner, I had a solid sleep giving my body some much needed recovery.
The next day I woke up feeling sore but I was keen to keep going. This day was the hardest for me physically and mentally, it was tough. All I could do was put one foot in front of the other and try not to look up and how far was still left to climb. I felt so drained and so exhausted. I was also feeling very grateful that the next day was our rest day, I needed rest. At dinner we were informed that our ‘rest’ day would include a 3.5km hike over a mountain. It was optional but I told myself that if I couldn’t get through that active recovery then how would I do the next two days that were apparently the hardest. So I went. I am glad I did. One step at a time.
Day 3 I woke up and wanted to stay in bed. It hurt to move, it hurt to stand up, it hurt to walk. I was thinking ‘how am I going to get through another 7 hours today?’ but this was part of my pilgrimage to overcome the pain, the overcome the fear. To embrace exactly where I was, to generate energy within myself to move forward and to just keeping taking one step at a time. Honestly if I was by myself I probably would have stayed in bed that day, I am so grateful for the amazing people I had with me on this journey. I knew no matter how slow I went, they had my back and that we would get to the end together. This day we showed how strong we had become as a team, finishing the day 3 hours ahead of expected time. We moved together as one, we were inspired by some amazing views, the vibe was high and I think our collective energy made us all stronger. Once my body warmed up I felt like I was on an amazing high for the rest of the day. I had no doubt that I could conquer the next day and complete the pilgrimage through the Kumano Kodo.
The final day of hiking was upon us, this was the day we would face the ‘body breaking mountain.’ In the rain! This was the day that we crossed the finish line and completed our pilgrimage. We started with an 870m climb up and the inclines kept coming from there. We went up and down for ages and then had to go all the way back down. It was wet and slippery, it was extremely challenging and we made it. Today I walked over 40,000 steps, the feeling of completing the challenge and the view at the end was worth everything I had experienced over the last five days. My journey through the Kumano Kodo had many lessons along the way, it pushed me and it almost broke me. It showed me if you know where you are going all you have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get there. It showed me that you really are capable of so much more when you surround yourself with people who life you up and it showed me that if you want to go far, go together.
Love Rachel x
PS - I came home from this adventure feeling so inspired, there are so many amazing things to come out of this trip for me. One is another Project Futures Challenge I will be taking on – The Great Ocean Walk in November this year. Part of this challenge will be to complete the 3 day hike and to also raise $2500 that will go towards ending human trafficking in Australia. Right now there are over 4000 people living in modern day slavery in Australia. I can’t accept this, I can’t accept that some people think they have the right to exploit the fundamental human rights of another human being. When we work together we can change this, it can sometimes seem like too big of an issue to tackle but remember that it is the work on the ground that counts, if my efforts help just 1 person it is more than worth it. If you would like to contribute to my fundraising target or find out more please contact me.
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My four days in Bali summed up in a word - Bliss. Pure and total #bliss
Indonesia is a beautiful country and Bali is a little piece of paradise. The people are lovely, the sun is always shining and the landscape is breathtaking.
The night I arrived I fell in love with the villa I would be spending the next four nights in, the best part by far was the outdoor bath! Was heaven getting into that after the flight over. The first full two days were spent getting massages, facials, full body scrubs, a bit of shopping, yoga and meditation. I felt like I was on cloud nine, ready and excited to go to the Beautiful You Inspiration Day for my third day in Bali. That got me even more inspired and excited for my fourth and final day in Bali, which happened to be my favourite day of the year, my Birthday <3
The Beautiful You Inspiration Day was magically inspiring.
We heard from some amazing women speak about connecting with your intuition, being a soul leader and embracing your divine feminine. We also got a little creative hour to ourselves which was a standout difference between this wonderful event and other development days I have been to. Several speakers took us through a beautiful meditation. We were treated to an organic vegan buffet for lunch and a cocktail by the pool while watching the sun set. Connecting with all of the other Beautiful You coaches was amazing. Everything was perfect. My heart was filled with so much inspiration after each speaker, my biggest take away from each of them was:
Kate Reardon presented on using your intuition as a coach. She shared the point that “Your thinking-mind is limited to your conditioning”
This presentation blew my mind, in the best way. So many people spend most of their time in their thinking-mind and are making all of their decisions from that space. When we do this we are making decisions with limited knowledge and creating our lives through a limited system. This system is limited to our personal experiences, our beliefs, our individual conditioning. Kate spoke about how we all have the ability to tap into unlimited consciousness that is open, abundant and just flows, this is our intuition. When we step into this space the answers just flow, we can feel what the right decision is even if all ‘logic’ points in the other direction. I loved hearing Kate talk about this and so much more. My intuition is something I have been working on getting more in touch with. It takes courage to follow what you believe is right and when we all stand in our truth, following our intuition, we raise our level of awareness and presence and make the world a better place.
Melissa Sandon presented being a soul leader “Put yourself on stage and allow yourself to shine”
This presentation was beautiful, Melissa spoke about being a true soul leader and putting yourself in the spot light so your soul connections can find you. She made the point that “authenticity is the greatest commodity.” All we have to do is speak our truth and our vibe will attract our tribe. What I will take away from this is we have to heal the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to be seen, so we aren’t afraid to stand in the spotlight and be of service to our soul connections.
Divine Feminine Panel – Julie Parker, Jessica Kail & Freya Dwyer
This panel discussion was phenomenal! In a world where divine feminine qualities have been suppressed for so long it is beautiful to see so many women stepping up and not only embracing their own feminine energy but inspiring so many others to do the same. I was very inspired by this discussion and am really looking forward to exploring my own feminine energy and doing some embodiment work.
Overall, like I said before, the day was perfect.
My final day in Bali was a beautiful day. I enjoyed my birthday with a beautiful swim in the resort pool, the water was absolute perfection. I then had a divine yoga and meditation in the stunning outdoor studio followed by a 90minute hot stone massage. All of this before lunch time! I spent the rest of my day pool side reading, reflecting and relaxing before I went to the airport ready to go home.
This birthday was not significant in a traditional sense but it was significant to me. I turned 23 and the reason this age is significant to me is because 23 is my lucky number. Like many children when asked to choose a ‘lucky number’ I went with the day my birthday landed on. At the start of this year I could feel that 2016 was going to be amazing, a year for growth and adventure, I attribute this to me turning 23 this year. I feel ready to step up into my most amazing self.
The morning of my birthday I got up early and went for a short walk, as I was coming back to my villa I saw a snake sliver past the entrance. Naturally my thinking mind began to relay the thoughts we are so conditioned to think like ‘snakes are bad’ ‘snakes are dangerous’ so I panicked for a second, and then I remembered a beautiful story I was told the day before about snakes being a symbol for transformation. The panic dissolved and I admired one of this earths beautiful creatures. Snakes are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality and healing. A perfect reflection of my 23rd year in this birth-suit. Over the last 12 months I lost myself, found myself and now I feel more connected and inspired than ever before.
There are many amazing organisations supporting many worthy causes in this world. So why did I choose to support Project Futures fight against human trafficking?
Towards the end of 2014 I had the honour of speaking at The Next Generation Youth Forum where I met the events Key Note speaker Stephanie Lorenzo. Steph shared her story about how after reading Somaly Mam’s biography, a story of a Cambodian women sold into the sex trade as a child, she was inspired and determined to create a movement to help facilitate the end of global human trafficking and slavery. Project Futures was born from Steph’s inspiration and what started off as small fundraising events with the aim to empower young professionals to make a difference, has evolved into an incredibly innovative and fun way to combat such an enormous issue. Through the social enterprise model of Project Futures they can guarantee that 100% of donations go directly towards the cause.
Steph’s presentation inspired me to look more into the issue of human trafficking, I was lead to discover some truly heartbreaking facts about the world we live in
- 2 MILLION Children are sold into the sex trade every year.
- Human trafficking is the 3rd largest crime industry in the world!
- An estimated $32 BILLION is generated in this industry EVERY. YEAR
- There are almost 30 million people enslaved in our world right now.
I understand how for some people this issue is too confronting the face, it made me think about how blessed I was to be born under the circumstances I was, how I was always safe. How could someone sell their 10 year old daughter to a brothel? Why do people think it is ok to use and abuse our society’s most vulnerable for profit? It literally brought me to tears thinking about the millions and millions of children who would most likely never have the opportunity to know their worth or discover their unique gift to share with the world.
I knew I had to do something, so I signed up for one of Project Future’s international challenges – Hike Japan 2016. It may have taken me a few years with the prior year’s international challenges coinciding with my CPA exams but the first thing I did after I sat my last exam was sign up to this trip. Each participant for Hike Japan has signed up to an adventure with purpose, we have each committed to raising at least $2000 to go directly to AFESIP Cambodia, who run centres that support women and children who have either been forced into the sex industry, abused, raped or at risk of being exploited.
While raising these funds we also raise awareness, once you gain new knowledge you can’t un-know what you now know. Knowledge is power and what you do with that new power is your choice.
For me this adventure isn’t about just giving funds to a charity, it is about justice. There are millions of people in this world whose fundamental human rights are being violated on a daily basis. This is not ok. It has to change.
Last weekend I held a High Tea Fundraiser and feel very grateful to everyone that came to the event and let me share information about human trafficking with them, sending so much love to all the local businesses who donated their products for the raffles and prizes. It was a great afternoon that raised over $900! This amount may not seem like much relative to the $32billion industry of human trafficking but just $50 can feed a child in Cambodia for a whole month. This $900 could feed a child and keep them safe for over a year and in that time they become educated and empowered on how to move forward with their life. It sounds cliché but if all of this helps just 1 child break free from the cycle of abuse and find their worth, it will all be more than worth it.
It just takes 1 person to step up to create a beautiful ripple effect that can change the world. Somaly inspired Steph, Steph inspire me, I hope I have done the same and inspired someone to take action and fight to make some else’s life better.
Sending you love
When I announced to my friends and family that I had signed up to the Beautiful You Life Coaching Course the common responses were along the lines of – what does a life coach actually do? Or how do you coach someone on their ‘life’? While most were supportive of my decision, not many quite got why or how this course would benefit me. I get why most thought it was a strange move for me given I had just completed 5 years of study to become a professionally qualified accountant, but I feel this course will compliment all of my prior learnings and add so much value to my life on a personal and professional level.
The Beautiful You definition of coaching is “Enabling powerful and personally affirming life change through the enhancement of self.” Basically life coaches are people who help you create positive change to achieve your dream life and highest potential, life coaches help you think and act differently to become conscious of what is best for you. Beautiful You says that the relationship between you and your coach is “part motivation, part education, and part accountability, helping people make lasting changes that improves their life as a whole”
The one thing I have always felt most passionate about in this world is helping others reach their full potential. Helping people realise that they are capable of absolutely anything they can imagine and not to let ‘fear of failing’ hold them back from attempting anything. When I am across the heart centred life coaching course that Beautiful You Coaching Academy offer, I knew it was the perfect fit to train me in meeting my potential to coach and help others.
For anyone who has considered getting a life coach or would now like to experience firsthand what a coaching series looks like, I am looking for a few people to trail my 6 session program with while I am a completing the course. I would love to work with with people who genuinely want to achieve more in their life and are willing to take action from our sessions. If you are interested in discussing further please private message me on email@example.com