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Are you freakin’ out about not knowing your purpose?

Some of my clients over the last week have been asking me how I found my ‘purpose’. It seems that a lot of people are worried that they don’t know what their true purpose is yet, and have a sense of sadness that if they don’t discover it in the next 2 weeks then they are doomed. They get anxious when people ask ‘So, where do you see yourself in 12months, 2 years, 10 years?’ and they don’t really know the answer. (Or the answer scares them because they sure as hell don’t want it to be the same as where they are now but they don’t know what to do about it!) Cue frustration, comparison, over-analysing, and a couple freaking-the-shit-out moments, especially when you see other people rocking it in their flow zone and you wonder why you don’t feel that fired up about things like they do.

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So let me share a couple of steps from my experience of ‘finding my purpose.’

Step 1 – Follow your freakin’ heart. And first up, this means that you’ve actually got to get to know what your heart wants. Like really wants. Not what you think it wants (aka what your head tells you that you ‘should’ do). Not what your parents want, or your friends, or your dog, or your neighbour – but what YOUR heart wants. You’ve got to do the inner work, but the truth is that most of us already know what we want to do, but we don’t want to admit it to ourselves because we are scared of what might happen if we fully owned it… maybe you won’t be the ‘cool cat’ anymore and will have to put yourself out there in places that you’ve judged others for being in the past. Gasssssp!

Step 2 – Let go of the ‘how it should look’ shit. I’ve always had an inner calling to teach, but never as a school teacher, and for a while that frustrated the crap outta me because if I wasn’t a school teacher then how the bloody heck would I teach? After doing my own inner work and letting go of a lotttt of stuff, and in figuring out how to unapologetically do step 1 – it started unfolding very quickly. You will always be guided – if you take the time to listen and stop getting in your own way! I randomly felt the call to start a blog on my 22nd birthday. None of my friends were blogging and I didn’t even know what a blog was, but I just felt the call to start and decided I would figure it out as I went. A year later I randomly landed on a website and before I could even think twice I had enrolled into a course to become a Life Coach, even though at the time I didn’t even know what a Life Coach was. Looking back now, that course was the foundation for me to become a teacher. A teacher in my own way, by my own rules.

I now teach woman how to follow their hearts, shake a few of their old limits and excuses up, and teach them to start living their purpose too. I don’t teach in a school – I teach through my writing and my videos. I teach through workshops, I teach through online courses, I teach about Essential oils, and I will soon be teaching Kundalini Yoga. Each of these stepping stones has allowed me to now step into a higher purpose of mine – teaching ‘everyday’ women how to be heart-driven leaders and create change in the World. I mean seriously – do you think I thought it was going to look like this 4 years ago when I was completely lost, studying something because I thought I ‘should’ and being very far from being connected to my heart – HELL NO. Which leads me to…

Step 3 – Stay open and surrender. The truth is that you actually already know. Seriously, you do. You know the answers, but you let your head judge them, think they aren’t ‘good enough’, compare them to others, worry what people will think, or feel guilty for wanting what you really want. You already know you are here to be more then a blob, and to make a difference in other peoples lives in some way. And if you didn’t know that yet, then I just reminded you. Your purpose doesn’t need to be on a World stage in front of everyone – some people’s purpose will be to be out on stage and and some people’s won’t be. There is no difference (although your Ego will try to convince you that there is) and there absolutely is no ‘but their’s is better so mine sucks and isn’t really that good so I won’t bother’. I call BS hard on that one.

Step 4 – Meditate on your purpose. Visualise yourself serving at your full capacity. Meditate on you beaming in your absolute element – and hey, the vision you get back may surprise you. What are you doing? How do you feel? Who is there? Don’t judge it, and sure as hell don’t block it by your mind being all ‘as IF you could do that, who are you kidding mate?’ Set the intention to be open to receiving, to be open to seeing yourself in a new way. Let go of limited self-perceptions and let your heart lead on this one. Ask for guidance, stay open and you will always receive.

Step 5 – Remember that when you take away all the labels and bright-lights, your ultimate purpose is joy. Teaching, speaking, seeing others shine, speak up and honour their hearts – THAT brings my soul the most joy, and I’ll never stop. It might keep evolving, and how it ‘looks’ on the outside might change, but this is my zone. Why? Because it’s where I feel most joyful, passionate, connected to my heart, most in service and most ME.

Step 6 – Stop letting shitty excuses convince you that you can’t do what you’re here to do. Money is an easy excuse from your Ego to keep you from following your heart and living your purpose. Not having enough time is an excuse. Not knowing enough is an excuse. Worrying that you might lose friends over it is an excuse. You either find an excuse or you find a way. Divorce all the silly stories keeping you away from who you are here to be.

Your purpose will find you when you just be YOU.

So take a chill pill, rock out as you, and soon enough you’ll find yourself leading a tribe of hundreds in what feels like the blink of an eye with people’s hearts cracking open right before your very eyes.  Just sayin’.

One last thing that I want you to know is that the most powerful thing you can be when finding your purpose is OPEN, and the most powerful place you can live when looking for your purpose is in the NOW.

So are you open, now?

What happens when women get out of their heads and into their hearts?

I want to share 3 stories from 3 different women who I have had the privilege to work with through my Head to Heart Online course. I’ve gratefully been able to watch and witness each of them absolutely open up and shine in their own unique ways, and I want to share a snippet of their stories so that you know that it’s possible for you too.

HeidiYou may know Heidi as the crazy loud gal that keeps Will and Woody in line on their Perth hit92.9 Radio show Heidi, Will and Woody. I met Heidi last year at a Nude Yoga class (turns out to be the ultimate place for networking 😉 ) and we soon became great mates. I’ve watched Heidi transform, come more into her power and blossom in so many ways over the last year, and I was so honoured to have her join me in Round One of Head to Heart. The shifts I’ve seen in Heidi over the past couple of months since completely the course and since helping her understand the negative voice in her head have been so beautiful. I continue to watch her stepping more into her heart every single day, and I couldn’t be happier for her.

I’ve seen Heids really struggle at times, but she never ever gives up. She keeps showing up to the uncomfortable stages of growth so that she can show up even better in the World. One of the most inspiring things for me to witness is her inner strength. Heidi recently spoke up (on her public platform of thousands and thousands mind you) and expressed her ongoing battles with anxiety. She possibly saw this as no big deal, but in this moment of complete vulnerability and speaking from her heart, she was being a light and a voice for so many others out there thinking they were the only ones too.

She is now able to identify when her mind is running on crazy time and knows how to consciously stop and tone it back down – which for all of us is an ongoing practice and commitment. I’m beyond proud of everything that she is doing, to see her leading from her heart and using her platform to be a light for others.

You can follow Heidi’s journey and watch her recent interview with Today Tonight on anxiety here.

What I’ve seen in Heidi since getting out of her head and back into her heart: The COURAGE to be vulnerable, speak up, and be a light for others.

 

CherieI remember when I first met Cherie and all I thought was – “This girl has soo much love to give this World, she needs to own it”. I could feel it from day one that she just needed a little loving push. Like many of us that have a loud inner call to help others in some way and share good vibes with the World, (myself included!) there’s an equally loud inner voice that arcs up saying “Who are you to teach? You’re not good enough to do that. No-one will care. You won’t be as good as anyone else so why bother.” And thank the goddess we’ve remembered that this inner voice in our head will always be there to keep us safe, but the real voice that wants us to shine lies in our hearts. We don’t just hear it, we feel it. And that’s the voice we are here to listen to, and more importantly act on.

I was soo happy the day that I found out that Cherie had signed up and FINALLY said yes to one of her dreams – becoming a yoga teacher. It’s easy for the voice in our head to act out of fear and come up with the most creative stories disguised as ‘logic’ – “It’s too expensive. I’ll do it later when I’m ready. Now’s not the best time, maybe next year… ” they could go on and on, and they do! And we keep believing them and we keep being distracted from our true path, passions and purpose.

I’ve gratefully witnessed many of Cherie’s AHA moments and breakthroughs during Head to Heart and I’m so freakin’ happy to say that she is currently in Bali undergoing her yoga teacher training, something that may have never happened if she didn’t turn down the voice in her head that had been keeping her from shining and following her heart. When you say YES to your heart and show up for it – even when the fear is there too – the Universe takes note and shows up for you too.

I cannot wait to be front row in her first class and to see her beaming her light out in the beautiful way that only she can.

What I’ve seen in Cherie since getting out of her head and back into her heart: The COURAGE to own who she really is and to show up despite the fears.

EllaElla took part in the very first round of my Head to Heart course in Perth, and it’s been an honour to sit and watch her absolutely shine and align more and more with her true passion and purpose. I knew that all she needed was someone to remind her that she doesn’t need permission from anyone else to rock out and be who she wants to be. Whatever brings you the most joy and lights you up – that’s your purpose. Period. And I believe that it’s our responsibility to share it with the World and trust the inner knowing that things will always work out.

I remember during one of the sessions after leading the group through a meditation to drop them back into their hearts, I saw an instant shift in Ella and her first words coming out of the meditation were “I just want to paint. I need to paint.” And that was that. The seed was planted.

Ella has now started her own art business alongside her studies and is sharing her heart-driven creative gifts with the World. You can check out her absolutely beautiful paintings here. You want to know why it’s happened so quickly and joyfully? Because that’s exactly how alignment works. There’s no fluffing with it. When you follow what lights you up, magic happens. I am so so glad that Ella listened to her inner voice and is now spreading joy through her unique and wonderful creations. I’m lucky enough to have one of her first paintings hanging up in my dining room that brings me joy every single time I look at it.

What I’ve seen in Ella since getting out of her head and back into her heart: The COURAGE to own her passion and share her unique creative gifts with the World.

“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”–Brené Brown

I’m so grateful to have had these women join me in Head to Heart, and to constantly be reminding me of the power of listening to, and living from your heart – no matter how big or small, it ALL matters. These are just a few examples of the things that can shift and happen when you get the heck out of your head and really crank up the volume of the voice in your heart.

So what I believe happens when women get out of their heads and back into their hearts? Courage… and fucking magic.

Never underestimate your ability to spread light and joy by having the courage to follow your heart and show the World who you really are.

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Enrolments are now open for Round Two of my 8 week Head to Heart online course and I’d be honoured for you to join us and start your journey out of your head and into your heart too.

You can read more about the course and how to get amongst it here.

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Part One

As I slowly merge my way out of last weeks Kundalini Yoga bubble, I’m feeling called to reflect on some things I’ve learnt up until this point, rather than bang on about details of the yoga training itself. There are some sweet lessons that I want to share with you – so first let’s back the truck up a little and start from the beginning.

I want to start off by saying this – over 18 months ago I planted a seed in my mind about becoming a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. It was one of those ideas that just dropped into my awareness one day, kind of out of nowhere. Until this point I had practiced yoga on and off, but I could never see myself as a yoga teacher – especially because the only fitness teaching I’d done up until now was being a Les Mills Body Attack instructor – which is pretty much the complete opposite end of the scale!

Yogi Bhajan - Kundalini YogaI had never heard of Kundalini Yoga until I randomly came across a class online and my curiosity was triggered. I found myself instantly drawn to learning more about this specific practice and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan (pictured) – Master of Kundalini Yoga. The more I read up on this powerful technology, the more I fell in love with it and knew in my heart that I’ve got to teach it some day in a new way. There was just something about it, and the more I practiced, the more my outside (and inside) World started to shift.  That very first day that I “randomly found it” (or should I say – it found me) a little seed was planted. And the thing with seeds is, first they are planted and although you can’t see them, you know they are there. You trust in them even before you see the full manifestation and before you have to figure out all the answers to ‘how and when’, just know that they will always blossom and come into fruition when they are meant to – it’s law. 

So I followed my curiosity and started doing Kundalini Yoga from home (yogaglo.com is the bomb) and soon hooked up with my first teacher in Perth, Rosie Rees. Turns out Rosie had just moved over from the East Coast and was starting her first ever 6 week Kundalini Yoga beginners course – of course this timing lined up perfectly because the Universe doesn’t mess around with alignment. First rule – when things show up effortlessly on your path, your job is to follow the crumbs. (more…)

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