I have just returned from an amazing week in Dubai where I caught up with friends and had a fantastic time camel riding in the desert (pinch me!).
Given its the first day of a new month, I wanted to share with you what it really means to me to be able to visit the beautiful open spaces of the Dubai Desert, ride camels on a Monday and eat under the stars.
You see, I use to have a corporate job. I was a lawyer working long hours where the clock ran my life. In fact, billing by the 6-minute increments was expected and constantly clock watching was the norm. I was stressed, anxious and burnt out.
I use to sit at my tiny uninspiring desk in the open plan office thinking “surely there is more to life?"
Maybe you can relate to that feeling. Do you feel like your career is not where you thought it would be by now? Or maybe you have these big dreams and you know you're meant for amazing things in this world, but you just don't know how to make those dreams come true?
That's exactly how I felt a few short months ago. Then I realised, if I wanted to be happy and live a life of my ultimate desires that let me work from my laptop and travel at the drop of a hat, then I would have to create that life for myself.
After all, no one was going to gift me a lucrative laptop lifestyle for Christmas, were they?
For me, what really drove me to leave the corporate world behind was the ability to secure FREEDOM.
The Freedom to work from where ever I liked, from anywhere around the world
The Freedom to travel at the drop of a hat
The Freedom to choose my own work hours
The Freedom from a nagging boss
The Freedom from stress, overwhelm and draining subject matter
The Freedom to spend as much time with my family as I desired
The Freedom from the long commute to the office
The Freedom from pantyhose; and
The Freedom to increase my wealth potential
And that's what camel riding in the desert really means to me. FREEDOM. I was in the open air, feeling on top of the world and I was smiling to myself.
I took a moment to embrace that feeling, to reflect on my life and where I was at that exact point. I was sitting on a camel with my dear friend in the Dubai Desert under the stars - and it was Monday! I thought “wow, is this really my life? Have I built a business that lets me travel at the drop of a hat and ride camels in the Dubai Desert on a Monday?”
YES! That was my reality.
I had created a freedom based laptop lifestyle in less than 3 months. It was a truly incredible feeling and when surrounded by the wide open spaces of the desert I took a moment to celebrate myself and my new life.
So if you’re sitting in your corporate office job this Monday the First of February, the 1st day of a new month, wondering “is there more to life?” I’m here to tell you that there is.
You're meant to feel happy each day while earning incredible money and working with fantastic clients. If that's whats in your heart, then its meant for you and you can make it your reality.
For me, all this is my new normal.
What I've realised is you can do anything - you just have to try. The thing is, I took a huge leap of faith to make my dreams come true even when I was really scared.
But I just did it and gave it a good solid try, and look what happened? My life turned out better than my dreams and I know that yours can too.
I am so thankful that I found the courage and the right life coach to support me, because those two things are the reason that I am writing to you today (from a café in Chelsea, London).
I invite you to take a moment to let your dreams take over your mind. I’m giving you permission to think about what your life could look like. The life that you’ve always wanted.
I challenge you today to take just one step in the direction of your dreams.
It doesn't have to be a big thing. Just one small thing each day that supports you in moving forward because those small things is what turns into massive action on behalf of your dreams.
I look back to just a few short months ago and think of how different my life was then to what it is now, and I am so grateful that I took a giant leap into the unknown because all of my dreams have come true in such a short time, and I know that yours will too.
I’m here to support you on your journey to happiness. Know that you are destined for amazing things in this world and that you no longer have to settle. There is so much opportunity out there just waiting to be discovered by you. And only you can.
I believe in you and I believe in your dreams.