Around this time last year, I posted the following quote on my facebook wall:
"This year I am choosing to live beyond my wildest dreams. I wonder where they'll take me."
It was just before I departed Australia, having resigned from my job, and having sold my apartment. I was about to embark upon a dream to return to Paris – and live off my life savings to do so!
It was a leap of faith. I knew only one person, and had no idea what would unfold. All I did know was that it was time for a change. In my career, and in my general direction in life. It just felt right.
And I am a big believer in trusting your intuition.
Over the past decade, I have tried to become more aware of my thoughts; behaviours; attitudes; and my motivation for decisions I make in my life.
And in the past, when I have made major life decisions and changes – such as relocating overseas, and moving cities within Australia – I have felt it. Whilst it may be intangible to others, I truly believe that within ourselves, we “know” what is right for us.
The problem is, we often let our head get in the way.
We tend to discuss, analyse, and generally over-think our situations. Which often leads to fear and doubt seeping in…..invariably causing us to opt to remain in our comfort zone – the safety of what we know – even though we may be unhappy.
"Every right decision I've made—every right decision I've ever made—has come from my gut. And every wrong decision I've ever made was a result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. That's the lesson. And that lesson alone will save you, my friends, a lot of grief."
So I was determined not to look back on my life with regret. To know I had the courage to change my circumstances when I was not satisfied and fulfilled. After all, what’s the worst that could happen?
And how often am I grateful I did? Every day!
I have travelled to over 50 countries, but have always felt a strong affinity for Paris. At school, I had dreamt of one day travelling to France, of speaking the language, and experiencing life here. I spent six weeks in France back in 2001, and of all the destinations I have since visited, I just knew that Paris was the right place for me to return to at this time in my life.
My focus has been on myself this past year. On rebuilding my energy and inspiration, and in developing greater clarity on where I am actually headed. It’s such a great gift to be able to spend quality time on yourself in this way!
So I have spent countless hours reading inspiring books; undertaking courses and programs; listening to audios and watching webinars about mindset, belief, positive thinking, Law of Attraction, and wellness; taking French classes; and snapping lots of photos.
And I have also spent time on consciously and clearly laying out my goals. Although this is still a work in progress, I firmly believe the adage:
How do you know what you’re aiming for, if you haven’t clearly defined your target?
Many people drift along year after year, feeling somewhat discontent, but not really knowing what it is that they want. Our lives are busy, and full of distractions. But what is more important than investing in yourself, and determining what exactly YOU want out of YOUR life? As the late, great Steve Jobs said:
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it by living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
(And by the way, if you've never seen his Stanford University address  – where this quote originates from – then click here. It remains one of the most inspiring speeches I have ever heard.)
I still feel I have so much to read, learn, and discover. I just love learning and growing every day, as I gain new insights and realisations, and increase my self-awareness. And it makes me realise how much I really don’t know, and still have to learn!
How long will I remain in Paris? I don’t know. But I do know I’m in the right place for me, right now. And that I feel much happier; more content; positive; inspired, and excited about life as a result of making this change.
I have so many things I still wish to achieve, so it certainly is a work in progress. But as a close friend remarked to me yesterday: "You are certainly looking at the next year through a different lens to last year!" And I am excited about the ongoing journey.
Follow Your Dream!!! 🙂
365 days, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds……
"Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past."
"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life."