hey friend – Katie is the name, freedom is the game.
We’re going to get a little up close and personal here because sharing stories, and learning about other people’s stories is one of my fav things – so we’ll start here with mine.
I’ve often referred to myself as a ‘spontaneity queen’ which as you can imagine does not mesh with the locked-in 9-5 career type of lifestyle. I like to do a things a little different & keep things exciting, y’know?
I’m a lover of alllll things health and wellness – in all forms (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), a creative enthusiast, and one who is always up for a good challenge.
I was born and raised in a small Canadian town and had been following a life path I thought I was “supposed” to follow – you know the typical graduate high school, go to college, graduate again then lock in a career at the age of 21 that they say determines the rest of your life? So I did all of that, went through the motions and had felt incredibly trapped and unfulfilled.
On the outside, it seemed like I was in a great position for being the age I was, earning a wage I didn’t think would even be possible straight out of college; however I was so unhappy, my days weren’t exciting or fulfilling, and I felt anxiety at an all time high. I was working in a very challenging field and I burnt out in about 2 seconds considering I didn’t have that unwavering passion and excitement about it.
I spent 1 year working in the field of Social Work (which is what I graduated from) and I was so drained by the end of it, I just knew that was not a ladder I wanted to keep climbing for the next 40 years – so I resigned from both of my positions at the agency I worked for and decided to take time to nurture myself and my passions after such a demanding 4 years.
I’d finally made a choice for ME and it felt so so so right, despite everyone around me thinking I was absolutely crazy for doing so – I trusted myself and my abilities. I felt excited again, I looked forward to each morning knowing that my days were structured completely on my own terms. I was inspired to dream BIG again.
Then suddenly, the year I had envisioned for myself changed in an instant.
I received a very unexpected phone call saying my dad had passed – completely out of no where.
In my 21 years of living at that time, I’d NEVER lost anyone to death. That year quickly became a huge lesson on how to live and grieve my parent. I lost that excitement, that inspiration – I felt paralyzed.
A few months in I was not making progress, I didn’t know where to turn but I knew that I couldn’t do it alone. I hired a life coach to work with me both through the grief and towards my dreams. Everything was through a new lens – I learned how precious and fragile life is. I came to understand how blessed I am to be able to experience life, and that I deserved so much more than just settling for what I thought I “had” to do. Even more so, I learned the importance of team work and how working along side another person is so beneficial. I always thought I could go it alone until I first and foremost recognized the power in asking for help.
While my reality at the time was no where I wanted to be – I HAD to stop downgrading my dreams to fit into that little box. I decided that I owed it to myself to do what I’ve always dreamed of ~ and a few months later, I booked a one-way ticket to Australia to live as an Au Pair with a family I was SO excited to connect and share this experience with.
Two years prior, that was something I’d scribbled in one of my journals under the title “Crazy Dreams” and I was then two weeks away from actually doing it. Let me tell you this was one of the most terrifying, yet extremely liberating decisions I’ve ever made.
I gave myself two weeks to pack up and say good bye to life as I knew it, and embarked on this incredible journey.
I share in this post how it all came to be if you’re interested about the whole process of becoming an Au Pair – or send me a message if you have any questions!
It is my absolute passion to help you live your best life and achieve the life of your dreams as I believe that you deserve to live a truly fulfilling life. Nothing makes me happier than seeing your dreams come to life – and I’d love to help you get there.