56 Days…

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In 56 days Tommy and I will be setting off for France which is extremely exciting for a few reasons;

I have only ever been to France once and that was a miserable weekend with an ex boyfriend in Paris!  That is excluding the 2 or 3 times at about 18 years of age on a booze cruise to Cherbourg where we spend all of 2 hours in the supermarche!

Tommy has never left the country, well why should he have? He is a dog and I don’t think he has intentions, as far as I know, to pack his bags and travel the world!

And thirdly and most importantly not only am I visiting a dear friend of mine but because of her I am inspired and motivated to create a new life out there.

So there you have it. 56 days until this big adventure and although there are many things that scare the bejesus out of me because of this trip. Like driving to France, yep driving on the WRONG side of the road. Like trying to navigate on my own with no help from anyone else to get me there. Like hoping my car will get me there! The list is endless.  But if you know me (many of you don’t) I’d never let any of that stop me, in fact it’s more of a motivation than a delaying tactic.

My goal is to move out to France, quit my life in the UK set up my own business and live out in France on or before the 31st March 2014.

There I’ve said it, I’ve now announced it to you guys.  That is my intention and I am so inspired to do this. To create a new country life for me and Tommy, doing what I genuinely want to do which that is writing. I want to write a book – more on that later – walk the dog and live a simple life.

That is all.

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A struggle in between..

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Most of the time I am a pretty motivated and a go get em kind of a gal.  I strive for the life that is meant for me.

However, sometimes I just don’t feel like it. I am tired, fed up and lonely.  Not that I’d tell anyone about it but that’s how I get…..sometimes.

So here I am throwing the doors wide open and exposing myself, not literally of course, but showing my vulnerable side.  It’s horrible when I feel like that and I’d give anything to feel something else.  But you’ve got to just ride through it haven’t you, it’s a bit like getting a horrible head cold and feeling all bunged up and you can’t do anything about it. You long for the day when you feel ‘normal’ again and when’s it here you rejoice vowing to never get a cold again!

Until the next time…..

I am glad of those down times, even though I am at my most doubtful and wonder if what I am doing is right or not.  Because it means I appreciate the more positive and motivated me again when it returns.  Which doesn’t take long.

Today I took Tommy out in the car,windows wound right down and watched him stick his head near the window, his fur flying back off his face, ears flapping and taking in the summer breeze. He makes me smile and all is right with the world again.

I love my life…

Passion = Passion

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I love quotes like this, they drive me towards what I really believe is the life for me.

Passion is what makes life amazing, awesome and unbelievably exciting.  So why are so many people happy to live a life without it?  

The thing is, we all have it deep inside, but most of us cover it up with alcohol, drugs, shopping or whatever ‘outlet’ they think that makes them happy.   Real passion is a motivation inside of you that will lift you up when you feel like staying put.  It will make you jump out of bed in the mornings and do what you were born to be.  For me personally it’s what put’s a spring in my step, it’s what lights me up when I think about anything to do with it and it inspires me to do more.

I for one won’t stop till I am doing what I am meant to be doing, I know I am on the right track and it feels amazing.  I am not saying it’s easy, because it’s not but that’s what makes it worth while. The hard work, the blood, sweat and tears.  That’s what its all about cos when I get there I will be  the person I was created to be.  Doing what I am created to do.

 

Imagine getting paid to be me….now THAT’S an idea!

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Image As you know I am on a bit of a journey and it hasn’t been until now that I have begun to understand what that journey is about. A week or so ago I stumbled upon a website called Paid to Exist and found this blog post by Jason the founder of Tribe.ly –  The 1 Reason Why You Will Never Quit Your Job. I reluctantly started reading, thinking there is more than 1 reason why people don’t quit their jobs, but nonetheless I persevered.

As I read, and read, and read I began to completely agree with what Jason was saying. He was telling his story, he had this overwhelming feeling inside that his 9-5 job or ‘career’ was just not enough for him anymore, he wanted life ‘on his own terms’. However, like many of us Jason had a few things in his life that was urging him to reconsider. They included:

  • Young family, dependent on me as “bread-winner”
  • Big house in the suburbs = big mortgage
  • Debt that we accumulated early on but were chipping away at
  • All savings invested in retirement plan
  • Limited extra time in the day to invest in building my dream
  • Early signs of an economy moving downward

I know as much as anyone that when you look at this it creates a great big gap between the dreams you have and what is in reality right now.  He goes on to say that because of this, his mind told him not to press on, that this was all such a massive risk and there was no way he could quit his job.

I am in this scenario although I am a lot more risk inclined than most!  But I have these wonderful dreams of living a life in the countryside, with my dog, writing and doing what I was created to do, but your mind drifts back to what is stopping you and then you remember it is only a thought.  One way or another you have to do it, and do it soon otherwise living in regret is the only option. Not for me I’m afraid.

Jason continues to tell his story and explains that after 6 months of deliberating and standing on the edge, he finally realises that he has to go for it, he has to jump.

So he did.  What a guy!

He then explains that everything turned very sour very quickly. He lost his home, car, got into a lot of debt and nearly lost his marriage.  But when he began to rebuild everything he realised that even through all of what happened, the biggest shock was the realisation that he had changed, his family had changed – they had grown wings and could now fly higher than ever before.  His family worked as a unit, together making stronger links and choices than ever before.

It all came from a spark (remember my ‘little squeak within?’).

Without that spark he wouldn’t have jumped and I can totally relate.  Jason’s scenario is different to mine but I intend to follow his lead, I fully intend to ‘jump’. And in doing so I have joined a group of people within a program call ‘Trailblazer’ recommended by Jason.  He works with Jonathan Mead the founder of Trailblazer and I am hugely inspired by what Jonathan has to say.  He wants to help me reclaim what I have to offer to the world and help me to ‘get paid to exist’ or ‘get paid to be me’.  It is about working out within the core of me what I really want to do, what I love to do and what I want to bring to the world.

I think I know what my passion is but I still need to explore it with Jonathan’s help and that will mean dedication, commitment and hard work. And this is all outside of my day job!  But I don’t care.  I am willing to do this, to work day/night and at weekends so that in 6 months from now I will have what I want – I just know it!

I totally recommend reading and signing up to his free webinar if you too want this; even if you aren’t sure it’s better to try something than stay stuck and miserable.  Who wants to work for a faceless company who doesn’t really give a damn about you and what your passions are?  I know I don’t, not any more.

So here begins my journey……wooohooooooo!

A historical female figure that has influenced my life….ummmm

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So I was recently asked, well I approached them first, to write a piece on an historical female figure that had made an influence in my life.  Below is the piece I wrote.  This blog is brilliant and it convey’s the message that I totally believe in, is that you can ‘overcome adversity to achieve your dreams’, so check it out.

http://upfromnothing.com/music-scene/2013/6/21/madonna