“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
My name is Andrea and I created Learn, Discover, Be Free to share with you my journey so far from a corporate life to a life of freedom. I hope that you will be encouraged and inspired by my journey to live your own life of freedom.
My philosphy is to Learn all that I can, Discover who I am and what I am capable of being and Be Free to live the life I choose.
I am a lawyer and a photographer. I am enthusiastic and reserved. I love to travel and I’m a homebody who loves to bake. I am nervous about writing and I am a writer. I am scarely organised and I need freedom to be spontaneous. I am seriously focused and I am creative. My favourite place is with my friends and yet the space I most crave is time by myself. I am full of fear and I am full of bravery. I am very competitive on the sports field and I love the non-competitive nature of yoga. I trust my head and I’m slowly learning to trust my heart.
My nomadic life
My first round the world trip in 1995 cemented my passion for travel. Observing and interacting with people from different countries with different cultures was amazing and inspiring. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to travel to 34 countries and I feel like I am only just getting started.
From my love of travelling sprung my passion for photography as I was able to share what I have seen and experienced.
In 2009 I packed up my belongings and set off on a 3 month trip to the US and the UK. On returning to New Zealand I decided that I wasn’t ready to settle down and instead became a professional housesitter; looking after people’s homes and animals while I work on my online businesses.
It was a new way of living for me and I loved it. Life was been pared down to its simplest form and my possessions fitted into the boot of my car The question “Where do you live?” no longer had a standard reply.
I enjoyed that way of living for a year or so until I started to miss the social aspects that working in an office provided. I now do contract work which gives me a social connection and lots of variety.
I’m still working out what my new idea of success looks like.
The life of a lawyer
I left home at 17 to start a Bachelor of Commerce (accounting) and it was while I was studying that I discovered my passion for the law so also completed an LLB.
My career as a corporate lawyer lasted for over 13 years during which time I worked in New Zealand and London. During that time I had the good fortune to work for and with some amazing people and be involved with assisting many businesses to achieve their best.
During the last few years of my legal career I had become restless and felt like there was more to life than what I was experiencing. I was also starting to suffer from burn out with the long hours that are part of the job. Working until 3am was not out of the ordinary!
2007 was a turning point for me as my body decided it had had enough and I become ill for a few weeks. True to form I tried to ignore this and keep working until I felt I had no choice but to take a couple of weeks off. It was a couple of days into this period that I woke up one morning and thought “I don’t want to be a lawyer anymore”. It was such a relief to have made that decision!
I started to see a coach for the first time and it was through her wisdom that I was able to work towards discovering my next steps. I returned to New Zealand during this period. I enjoyed being coached so much that I trained to become a coach myself.
I quit my corporate legal career on 8 May 2009. I now do mainly Government contracting work.
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