How this holiday snap inspired a good hard look at life and a major shift!
What brings you joy? What makes your heart sing? What makes you feel alive and free and happy?
We had just returned from a weekend away in the Coromandel and I was editing some family snaps when I came across this pearler. Despite being freezing cold and unprepared for the beach, she just ran for the ocean, splashing in the cold, rolling in the sand, loving all the feelings of being ALIVE. As I looked at this picture I grew more and more upset. Why?
I think it was a reflection of everything I did NOT feel in that moment. Happy, carefree, joyful, totally present and stoked to be alive. The really sad fact was that I could not remember the last time that I had had a moment like that. When I posed the question to my other half that evening, he had a similar reaction. We were also grieving the recent loss of a parent and felt a pressing urge to re-evaluate our lives and make the most of every moment.
The beach had always been our happy place, our breathing space. Our first date was to the Coromandel and many happy trips followed. Each time we returned to our home town we would question why we lived there. The obvious reasons were work, family, friends. But to be honest, I could do my work anywhere and we hardly saw our many nearest and dearest due to the busy-ness of modern life. Our home town got busier and busier. You no longer got friendly faces in the street and not a trip to town went by without someone throwing a bit of road rage my way. More soul chats ensued and we both admitted that we needed a change. A big change. Why not a sea change?
It seemed crazy. It seemed risky. It was scary. It was STRESSFUL!!! Job situations changed, house plans changed and then changed and then changed again. Was it meant to be? I started to doubt our thinking and began to see all the challenges as bad omens. But something in me just knew we had to do it.
So we took the leap of faith.
And that is totally what it was. We lept and the universe caught us. The perfect house appeared. Job opportunities presented themselves. I felt like I had come home. The beach has a special kind of energy, a healing energy and since moving here I have immersed myself in a natural lifestyle, let bad habits fall away, launched a wellness business and found my yoga groove. Sometimes the balance still gets a little off, but living by the ocean gives me a constant reminder to seek flow.
That was the start of the 'Big Shift'. Not just a geographical shift but a shift of the mindset. When we moved it was to create a life with more family time. Now the hubby works remotely and is often found picking the kids up from school, cooking dinner, or on the end of a vacuum cleaner (I tell you there is NOTHING I repeat NOTHING hotter than the sight of a man cooking and cleaning!!!) I work from home following all of my passions so I can choose to be fully present with the kids after school and get work done later. We have found our flow and harmony in family life and we continue to look for more and more. We are living the dream - freedom, connection, family, we have it! Is life perfect - heck NO. Shit still happens but at least, the ocean is 5 mins away to soothe the emotions when needed.
Now if we can do it, you can too!
What's the dream? Where is your happy place? What brings you joy? Start to reconnect to those passions, those things you love. Start to remember what made you feel like 4 year old Sasha in the picture and bring it back to life! Maybe you don't need to take such a drastic step as we did. Perhaps its more of a shift of the mindset, a shift in thinking, a shift in feeling. Whatever it is though, life is short SO take the leap of faith and trust that the universe will catch you.