I was living in Melbourne, working really hard and working crazy hours, all while dealing with chronic pain (caused by two car accidents). Every day I dreamt of taking a holiday and exploring the world. Finally I got to a point where I had had enough. I was absolutely exhausted, mentally and physically. It was time for a change!
Was there a single event or trigger that made you act? What motivated you to change?
There wasn’t a particular trigger that made me want to make a change. I just realised I wasn’t happy because I wasn’t doing what I loved. I wanted to travel and experience different countries and cultures, I didn’t want to be stuck in an office working long hours for the rest of my life.
So I decided to quit my job, go travelling and move from Melbourne to the UK! A bit of a dramatic change, I know!
What was your hardest step?
I’ve always loved travelling and wanted to move overseas so I found the transition really easy. I think the hardest thing was leaving my family, especially as it was going to be the longest time I’ve been away from them, and I didn’t know when I would be coming back to visit.
After I finished at my job, I travelled around Asia for three months with my amazing partner, Tim. We had a fabulous time and had such a well-deserved break. At the end of our trip I was so motivated and I felt like I had revived all my creativity. I started to throw my energy into starting a travel, lifestyle and fashion blog, something I’ve wanted to do for ages!
After Asia we came straight to the UK and moved into a gorgeous apartment in the north of England. I’m working hard on establishing my blog, The Emasphere, as well as working on other various online projects. We’re also enjoying exploring the UK and we’re planning to travel more around Europe next year.
So by moving to the other side of the world and working for myself, I guess almost everything about my life is different now! I still deal with daily chronic pain, but because I’m working towards making my dreams come true, and I’m doing something I’m passionate about, I’m so much happier!
Following our dreams is not always easy. What tools do you use to keep inspired and motivated?
On days I’m feeling a little lost or finding things a bit too hard, I find reading articles and stories of success give me a kick of motivation and inspiration. Learning to step away from my laptop and going either to the gym or for a walk (or a shop!) also helps to clear my head.
Can you share a favourite quote?
I love the quote
“Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.”
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