When Your Fears Come True – My Return to Australia

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I’ve recently landed in Australia after a beautiful, revealing, connecting time of retreat and travel in Bali. We had an amazing experience together breathing, laughing, crying, eating, swimming, praying and DANCING in a peaceful, remote part of ‘the island of the Gods.’ It’s the first time I’ve been back to Australia in three and a half years, so needless to say I’m due for a visit. It’s winter here and many of my friends forewarned me about the ‘Nordic’ temperatures, but … Keep reading…

The Boy Who Could Fly

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One of my favourite eighties films ever. And let’s face it, there were some damn good eighties films. Flying has been a constant theme in my life so far. I experienced my first flight in utero, when my heavily pregnant mum traveled from the dust-filled town of Meekatharra in northern Western Australia to the big smoke of Perth to give birth to me. Just a few months later I was on a plane heading to the other side of the … Keep reading…

Allowing Abundance

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I’ve been thinking about abundance lately; about what it actually means, what my relationship is to it and how I can align myself with an attitude of it. A-bun-dance (noun) a very large quantity of something. When I reflect on my own journey with abundance, I can see the shifts I’ve made in my attitude to money and possessions and in my relationship with myself. For most of my life I have operated out of the idea of lack. Growing … Keep reading…

The big yellow car of dreams

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The other day I went to meet my friend Kellie at one of San Miguel de Allende’s tiny ‘pocket’ cinemas showcasing independent films. It’s one of the many things I love about this beautiful culture-filled town we have found ourselves in for a month. As I was walking along the cobbled street leading into town, a big yellow car pulled onto the main road. I smelled it before I saw it. Thick clouds of black diesel smoke spluttered into the … Keep reading…

The jumping off point

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“But there comes a time, when no matter how much you’ve planned, or how much money you’ve saved, you will need to make the leap.” I was talking to some friends at dinner a few weeks ago about leaving the life of traditional employment and a fixed address for one of material simplicity and freedom. I don’t often talk about this stuff with dinner companions, but this one night the conversation had gone that way so I was happy to … Keep reading…

Flying into the unknown

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“And then what?” Martha asked eagerly over her plate of tacos de cochinita pibil, a marinated pork unique to the Yucatan. “Honestly,” I answered, taking a sip of chilled hibiscus tea, “We have absolutely no idea what is going to happen.” Her face erupted into a huge grin. “Fabulous!” she said, throwing down her napkin on the table then scanning my face with excited eyes. “You’re right, you know, and it took me a lot longer to realize that!” I … Keep reading…

On staying and going

Lake Atitlan

In less than two months, our visas are up, as is the lease on our apartment. It feels weird to have a deadline. They’ve been few and far between on this journey of no fixed plans, so I oscillate between dread and excitement as it approaches. It’s not so much a case of how we feel about heading off to Guatemala in early February, it’s a question of how we feel about it today. Our feelings change from minute to … Keep reading…

Freedom to dream

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Serendipity led us to Isla Mujeres. Back in early October, my friend Shelly suggested we join her for a trip she was planning to the island in November. “Yes, my Mum will be here then!” I’d replied, excited by the prospect of discovering another new place with her. I took on accommodation duty, because, well, I’m a control freak and trawling through hotel and apartment listings is a weird obsession of mine. I was about to give up and book … Keep reading…

The Fire That Burns

Life On Fire

I’ve been pretty damn content these past few months. I dare say I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been. I say dare, because in my experience, contentment hasn’t been my default state of being for long. And I’m grateful for that, because I’ve been led to amazing discoveries and experiences, both internally and externally. This feeling of contentment, though, it was nice. Different, unusual (insert Kath Day voice here), but I’ve recently drifted out of the state of, “I could … Keep reading…

How you do know if it’s right to make a change?

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I recently received an email that made me smile. It was from Kairi, a Dutch girl living in Amsterdam who is dreaming of making a change in her life. She has a good job which she is grateful for and affords her a good lifestyle, but after visiting Mexico several times, she would love to move here. She wrote to me to ask how I made the decision to change my life, and if I have any regrets. I responded … Keep reading…