Isn't life a wild ride?!
My life's journey, a wonderful roller-coaster of "things I never expected", has been my greatest teacher.
For example, spending 12 months as a foreign-exchange student in a small town in the Northwoods of Minnesota when I was 18. I lived with a young family and attended the local high school, quite the contrast to my all-girls Catholic high school days in Melbourne, Australia, let me tell you! There were moose, black bears and boys to get used to!
Then in the '90s, my ex-hubby and I lived in Connecticut for four years. While he was working as a chemical engineer, I trained with two acclaimed oil painting artists and gained certification as a Yoga Instructor in Massachusetts. We lived only two hours drive from New York City which meant coming to know the place more like a local than a tourist... a privilege beyond description.
Other highlights include being a volunteer teacher of Primary School Ethics for four years and a multi-role volunteer at BayFM (our local award-winning community radio station) for 10 years which was a blast. I've also loved being an "Auntie" (similar to Big Brother - Big Sister) to a beautiful young girl from the age of four... incredibly, she's now a 21 year old woman!
When I returned to Australia from the USA, I started volunteering on the phones at Lifeline. Over the next 16 years I trained and supervised other volunteers, and worked in a paid role at Lifeline in Lismore for three years (as their Mentor and Support Officer). If you've ever considered the Lifeline training, just do it! It's rewarding work in a supportive and positive workplace.
Then in 2011, the Australian journalist, Clive James, presented a TV documentary about mid-life crises. The message was: do something you're passionate about, that you think is important and that you're good at. It was a light-bulb moment for me ~ I needed to become a professional counsellor! So I promptly completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. I ran ran my own counselling and coaching business for 5 years.
But about eight years ago, I stumbled upon the Inside-Out Understanding, the "Three Principles" or the Health Realisation Model. This simple yet profound "knowledge" can transform lives. I now volunteer as a coach in a free Zoom room called Heartfelt Presence.
Overall, I'm a person who believes that life is an adventure, a game to be played, not won. I believe that each and every one of us is an absolute miracle ~ what are the chances that we're all here on earth, at the same time, in the middle of the universe?! ♥️
Some feedback from my wonderful clients...
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