Every day I strive to live life to the fullest. For me, living fully is rooted in freedom and simplicity. Fed by curiosity and nature. And expressed creatively in both solitary and collaborative ways.
But it’s taken quite a journey to get here.
I started my first consulting venture when I was 24 teaching people and companies how to use technology. I’ve loved much of the work I’ve done. Anywhere companies needed change or new systems, I analyzed, recommended, wrote and trained. I know the TSA routine at the airport too well.
My business consulting funded many adventures.
I’ve journeyed to Machu Picchu and the sacred mountains of Peru, the summit of Kilimanjaro and the top of many a Rocky Mountain.. I’ve witnessed a both a cheetah and a lion capture dinner and had an memorable encounter with a green mamba. I traveled solo deep into the Yukon with Keesha, my Siberian Husky . My tent has been my home for countless advenrues around North America.
Exploring my inner world earned me an MA in Theology and the ability to be a spiritual director, a forgiveness counselor, and a Tellington TTouch practitioner in training. I’ve studied with medicine people around the world, learned non-violent communication and equine assisted coaching. Along the way, I’ve told my stories on blogs, in speeches and videos.
Traveling expands my understanding of others and myself. I’ve learned that when we listen to the voices of nature and our own heart, we can tap into universal truth and find the stillness within.
But a number of events tumbled into and out of my life. Changes in the economy led to changes in the way I worked. I felt trapped, tethered to a cube, just putting in time.
So I started asking myself the question Steve Jobs asked himself every morning:
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
My answer was no. And no. And no. I decided to make a change. To be free. To live more simply. To share with others.
On a sunlit Autumn day, I left a beige cube, stepped out into the crisp clean air and declared to the trees, “I’m free!” Even if I continue to work for big companies, I know I’m free.
Free to share what I have learned from all my explorations through these articles, stories and new consulting services. I hope you enjoy my stories and that in some small way, my words help you cultivate freedom and simplicity in your life.