From Beautiful Outer Living to Beautiful Inner Living
Do you ever look at images in magazines and wish you had someone else’s lifestyle?… I was the girl in the magazine.
8 years ago I lived in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I was working for National Geographic and had a stunning apartment over looking the ocean; My life looked beautiful. People would say: ‘You’re living the dream!’.
18 years ago, I was also ‘living the dream’ in Sydney, Australia. I used to start the day with sunrise on a roof terrace over looking Darling Harbour, and finish the day sipping sundowners on the beach.
Aren’t these the images that you see on social media, and think ‘WOW – they are lucky – they have made it – they must be so happy in their life?!!’
The thing was…although my life looked very beautiful and successful on the outside, I wasn’t feeling beautiful and successful on the inside.
In my inner world, my mind never stopped; It was always ‘busy’, often over-thinking and worrying about the future. Across my adult years I suffered from anxiety, from mild anxiety to full blown panic attacks. I also had low self esteem and confidence. No-one knew this from the outside, I tried to overcome my inner challenges by acting the opposite.
My job looked very glamorous on the outside, however, although I was grateful for the opportunities, it wasn’t fulfilling or meaningful to me on a personal level. The media and advertising industry wasn’t aligned with my true values, or who I was as a person. It never felt like this was what I was meant to be doing with my life.
In my life, I had the ‘good times’, but with this inner experience, I wasn’t the ‘happy’ I wanted to be… a grounded, longer lasting and truer happiness.
The invaluable life lesson I learnt here was:
IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING GOOD ON THE INSIDE, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO FEEL TRULY HAPPY IN LIFE, NO MATTER HOW BEAUTIFUL OR SUCCESSFUL YOUR LIFE LOOKS ON THE OUTSIDE.
For the past 20 years, on my own journey of wellbeing, inner confidence and true happiness, I have been researching and training, to learn more about us wonderful human beings and especially our minds.
I have lived, worked and trained in three different continents: Europe, Africa and Australasia.
My training and influencers have included Life & Wellbeing Coaches: Michael Neill, Tony Robbins and Glenn-Douglas Haig, Wellbeing Gurus: Dr Joe Dispenza, Brené Brown, and Brandon Bays, and Global Humanitarian & Spiritual Leaders: The Dali Lama, Sri Sri Ravi Shanker and Nelson Mandela.
With this knowledge, after many years of focusing on the ‘outside’ – trying to make myself and my outer life more beautiful to be happy – I changed my focus to the ‘inside’.
Understanding my true self, I am able to follow my heart, and the right path for me, in my life and career; one that truly makes me happy. I feel more fulfilled and connected every day.
Understanding my mind, I have moved away from the grasps of self limiting negative thinking that was holding me back; my anxiety has disappeared, and I feel grounded and believe in myself.
This is ‘Beautiful Inner Living’, and the positive impact this has had on my life is why I am so passionate to share this with you.
So, beautiful human, what are you experiencing in your life? How do you feel in your life? Were there some parts of my story that resonated with you?
Let me take you on your own ‘Beautiful Inner Living’ journey, to find true wellbeing, confidence and happiness from within.
WE ALL DESERVE TO BE HAPPY IN OUR LIVES.