CREATE YOUR BIG, BOLD LIFE
Twenty years ago I decided to live my life the way I wanted to.
I knew working the 9-5 all year round wasn’t for me.
Some of my core values revolve around freedom and travelling.
I loved visiting new places, living aboard, experiencing new cultures and being free.
So I decided on a trip back from Australia that was the life I wanted to live.
As I did a bit of temp work to save enough to go away again I got chatting to the director where I worked.
Once he realised I’d been a BBC broadcast journalist he enquired as to what I was doing there as a temp and I explained to him about saving to go travelling again.
He then proposed me to work on a project as the PM. I was reluctant as I didn’t want to get tied down. So I was ballsy and told him no.
He then asked me what were my terms to stay on so I came up with what I thought were ridiculous demands.
I told him I wanted double the money I was on, and much to my surprise he agreed. So then I told him I wanted to only work a four day week but get paid the same as a five day week. Again he agreed.
So I decided to stay.
I ended up there for the next nine months and that opportunity paved the way for the next ten years of my life.
For the next decade (for the most part) I worked for a few months of the year as a contractor working in project management loving summer in London and would escape to warmer climes in the winter for a few months at a time.
I created my life by design twenty years ago while I was still in my 20’s.
Now I still live my life by my own design. I have a global coaching practice with clients in the USA, UK and Australia to name a few.
I spend the summer in Europe then Asia in the winter.
This year I’ve already been to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Italy, the USA, Greece & the UK.
I don’t tell you this to boast but to show you how you too can create your own life.
Many people always say oh you’re really lucky to live like that, but I made my life this way by being clear about what I wanted and intentional.
I made choices, those choices are available to you to every day.
And for those of you about to use your kids as an excuse, my oldest, best friend has been living this way, living wherever her family wants when they want and they have two kids aged 9 and 15.
Living this way may not be for you. If your values are around security rather than freedom then this isn’t going to work for you.
But whatever your values are you CAN create the life you want. Just be clear about what that looks like and believe that you can, once you start taking aligned action you can make it happen.
If you’re not living your best life and want to find out how contact me.
The world really is your oyster if you let it be. Ani x