“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
Where it all began
I grew up on a farm in New Zealand near a tiny village called Kaukapakapa (pronounced Cow- Copper – Copper). It was an idyllic life for a kid. I was a tomboy who loved to spend my time out in the paddocks with all the animals and try and keep up with my two older brothers. My best memories of growing up were sitting crossed legged on the front of the motorbike as my Dad and I whizzed around the farm and perching on the kitchen bench while baking with my Mum.
When I was 13 my world fell to pieces as my Dad was dianogosed with leukeimia and died within 6 weeks of becoming ill. He was my rock and without him life didn’t make much sense. As a very shy kid I didn’t have the resilience to be cope with the loss and grief that I felt so walls were slammed up; walls which it has taken me years to chip away.
I still miss him most days but now when I think of my Dad I smile and remember how much I loved him and was loved in return.
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 time 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 with CoachU to become a coach myself. I quit my legal career on 8 May 2009.
I am currently delving into the world of internet marketing and have set up www.habitbreakingfacts.com and www.bitingnailsstop.com as part of my internet entrepreneurship mission. I have also started to utilise my coaching skills by coaching around the areas of business and internet marketing.
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.
It is a new way of living for me and I’m loving it. Life has been pared down to its simplest form and my possessions now fit into the boot of my car! The question “Where do you live?” no longer has a standard reply.
Learn, Discover, Be Free
My philosophy 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 coach. 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 scarily 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.
I also love to give my nieces enormous hugs.
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