Sometimes you just don’t know how stuck you are

By bartsgoa / April 14, 2014
What's the view like from your path?

What’s the view like from your path?

As we go about our daily lives, we can sometimes feel a little stuck. We know we have the same routines and the same job to go to, we sometimes even eat the same foods on an evening. I think that sometimes we don’t really see the big picture, we don’t quite realise quite how stuck we have got, until we get out there, do something different and look back.

This was how it was for me and I speak a bit about it on today’s podcast episode. I distinctly remember one day, just before we left our home that was supposed to be a temporary stop but where we actually stayed close to 7 years in, and thinking that I could clearly see how stuck we’d become. We’d become enslaved by all our possessions, by the commitments we had taken on and by our jobs we felt stuck in. The feeling when I realised I was about to step out of that was absolutely amazing!

As you move on in your quest to begin your dream, you also move out of the comfortable paths of life that we walk on. You’ll start to take less well trodden paths and in doing so you’ll see different views. It can feel ever so lonely sometimes, ever so boring and ever so hard. That’s when you’ll need to know where you’re headed and what reason you have for heading there.

You’ll also need the support of people around you. Some will think you are crazy. Some will wish they were as brave as you are being. Just smile at the people who might be negative and spend your time with the supportive ones. Find likeminded people, those who are on the path and slightly farther ahead than you. Learn from them, watch out for the holes and pitfalls that they came across. Be inspired by them.

I want to be there and hear from you when you take that path, you get far enough along that you feel you can safely look behind and when you too can see how stuck you’d been and that you are well on your way to achieving your goals and dreams.

I’m planning to set up a Facebook group in the next week or so and will pop the link here when I do. It will be a place we can share our successes, worries and feelings of being stuck! I hope you’ll join me there.

My story – the power of people

By bartsgoa / April 10, 2014

my storyIt’s been a little while since I posted about how I’m doing with MY dreams. I want everyone who comes here to realise that I too have dreams, I still work at them and even though I’d say I was a success at achieving my dreams, it doesn’t stop there!

One of the things that I encourage people to do when they are beginning their journey is to find like minded people. I did this when I was in the starting phase of preparing to travel and am still doing it with my travel phase now.

So, since I also have another dream which is being an entrepreneur and building a business up, I figured I should be doing the same thing in this area of my life. And WOW what a difference it has made!

It’s taken some time, some going from group to group, trying to find out where I belong and who I have things in common with, but I’m starting to feel more comfortable in the places I’ve found now and I believe it’s going to make such a difference to my dream.

Having people who believe in you, don’t think you’re daft and who have been there and done that is so important, even more so when your dream is slightly off the normal route people take in society.

So, what have I done to get this going. Well, I’ve joined some podcasters groups which were a great introduction to some people, and also, because it wasn’t a free group, but part of a programme, it meant that the majority of people in there were serious. This is what I needed. I’ve made connections, chatted to a few people on Skype, interviewed a few for the podcast and just enjoyed getting to know people who are at the same stage or just ahead of me. I’ve made some great friends already.

I also have just joined a mastermind, which is kind of the same thing, but means a smaller group of people really working on something similar and we have weekly hangouts on Google to motivate and ask questions with the person who runs it, who is a person with immense experience in business. I’m also dipping my toe in the water with some one on one business coaching. I’m excited to see where this takes me, I hear all the time that we should invest in ourselves and our progress but I’ve never felt like I could do it before. But now is the time!

I’m also excited to have started up my YouTube channel, spurred on by friends and specifically Chris Cerrone, a fellow podcaster who started a challenge to get people out of their comfort zones and into imperfect action.  I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to do some videos if it wasn’t for this. Here’s the first video I did:

So all very exciting and feeling like we’re going in the right direction. Watch this space!

I’m also considering setting up a Facebook group as a place I can get to know other dreamers, so keep your eyes peeled for that one. Still pondering on it!

People will move your dream forward in ways that you never knew!

The best way to learn is to teach

By bartsgoa / March 31, 2014

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn quote inspirationBeing a mother of two kids, I’ve done my fair share of teaching, facilitating and encouraging over the years. I’ve also discovered something important! It doesn’t matter whether I’m talking about dragging up my own math knowledge or my life experiences, you really do realise quite how much you know, or perhaps what you don’t know, when you try and teach it to other people!

So I’ve been *really* learning about what I know lately since I have been aiming to teach, facilitate and encourage my readers in kickstarting their dreams. I’ve learned that there is no shame in not knowing everything and that even though I already have a wealth of experience in these areas it doesn’t mean I can’t open up and gain fantastic insights from others as well. Continue reading

I wish I was as brave as you

By bartsgoa / March 24, 2014

Be Brave.  Even if you're not, pretend to be.  No-on can tell the difference.  Quote.  inspiration. bravery.

This past week and a half has seen me take a small leap in the right direction of my dreams.  For those who don’t know my story, I have written a couple of posts on the topic, but in brief – I want to travel again and have a location independent income to help us do that.

Last week I handed my notice in at my job in order to focus full time on my business.

I ended up having an interesting conversation with someone at work who didn’t know my background, didn’t know we’d home educated our kids and  didn’t know we gave everything up to travel.  She said – I’d love to do stuff like that, I wish I was as brave as you. Continue reading

Why you should let go of perfection and take the leap

By bartsgoa / March 17, 2014

leap boy scotlandWe all want to be perfect don’t we?  We all want to strive to be better, make less mistakes and be proud of what we’ve achieved.

But what happens if we get so hung up on perfection that actually, we get nowhere and we do nothing?  It happens all the time I’m sure, and I’m even guilty of it myself.

It’s especially hard to let go when what we’re striving to do is such a part of ourselves, when it reflects so much on us.  Our dreams are so personal and raw and are ourselves through and through that you can imagine quite how many times dreams are put off because we can’t do it perfectly. Continue reading

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