Hi! I’m Kirsten.
I’m from Melbourne, Australia.
I can honestly say that I’m a very different person today from the woman I was a couple of years ago. Others may disagree, but how I feel inside is what makes me say that I know I’m different.
Rewind to December 2014
I was a bundle of stress at work. I couldn’t think straight. My health issues were escalating. I was a total cow to my Husband. I had no time for friends or family. I wasn’t exercising 7 my long commute was taking its toll. I was eating pretty well, but I was cramming a stack of chocolate & coffee on top to manage my energy slumps. Quite simply…I was miserable!
I wound up at the Family Doctors & was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Not wanting to go the route of anti depressants, I needed to strip things back & make some changes.
Fast forward to December 2015
I spent the whole of 2015 getting back to basics. Focusing on rebuilding my physical, mental & emotional wellbeing. I started meditating, spending more time outdoors, limiting my calendar events, getting more sleep & eating better.
In the January, I decided to drop down to 4 days a week at work. This was a huge decision for me, not just financially. I thought that others would judge me as being selfish, after all I don’t have children. In fact I judged myself through that societal lens until I realised it wasn’t helpful. I needed to heal & take whatever steps would enable me to do that. My Husband encouraged me & we made some adjustments to our finances so I could make the change.
Going part time was a game changer. It was an automatic pressure relief valve.
- It gave me time to think
- It gave me time at home by myself
- It led to more time with family & friends
- I felt more rested
- I had more energy
- I didn’t snap at others
- I dropped a lot of resentments
- Some of my health issues resolved themselves
- I had the space to follow my creative pursuits
Simply…I shed my skin.
I know what matters.
I know what I need in my life & what I don’t.
Life is more peaceful.
I’m full of gratitude…
and I know my own heart.
I’m more ME, than I’ve ever been!
I’m not waiting for retirement to slow down. I want to enjoy life now, not just in the yearned for holidays and weekends.
Living simpler is the key to unlocking a more flexible & enriching life.
From my heart to yours,