I’ve always felt a bit “different.” Never really fitting in. And I guess that’s why my journey has been an unconventional one to say the least.
I’ve studied abroad, travelled to 27+ countries, worked in startups, freelanced as a digital nomad, and lived like Thoreau at Walden Pond to dive deeper into spirituality and music.
In truth, all of these endeavours have simply served as exercises to discover and cultivate my place in the world. I’m a student of life through and through, and I feel that it’d be a shame to keep all that I’ve learnt and am learning to myself.
That’s what this site is about. A place to share what I am doing and learning as I shine my light to inspire others to shine theirs too. I don’t claim to have all the answers and am learning new things every day, but I’m happy to share my experiences.
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May you be happy and free,
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, I grew up with a natural pull towards reading, drawing and music. But while I loved these pursuits, I never saw myself as a “creative person.” I also never believed that they could be a career. So I did what I was told to do – I studied hard and got good grades.
Signs of unrest
I could only do it for so long though. I felt stifled by the whole “study-work-buy a house” formula and needed to change things up. Inspired by my classmates, I decided to study on an exchange semester abroad in Denmark. It was the first time that I not only lived away from home, but in an international environment. I loved it, and it was the first of many attempts to wiggle out of conventionality.
Learning to hustle
After completing a bachelor’s degree in marketing, I moved to Sydney to try to work in the business of music. Things didn’t go to plan and I landed a job overseas working as a copywriter for one of the fastest growing digital agencies in Southeast Asia instead. I didn’t actually plan or want to be a writer. I just fell into it. However, it was a blessing as it rekindled my creative spirit and had me working with entrepreneurs who taught me to believe, dream big and work hard.
But isn’t there more?
There was however, something deeply missing. And I had felt this from day one. We pulled all-nighter after all-nighter working on client campaigns, and for what? Just to sell more stuff? What did I really need to be doing with my life? What kind of impact did I want to make? And what does it really mean to truly “live” anyway?
Leaping into the unknown
I didn’t have answers to these questions. I didn’t even have time to answer them as I was always working. But they gnawed away at me until I had enough. I took a leap of faith and handed in my notice. With no idea of what to do next, I spent the next few months backpacking around Southeast Asia.
Learning to trust
I had lived my whole life either knowing what I was going to do next or following some sort of “game plan.” But now I was just taking it day by day and “going with the flow.” And it was liberating. Every day was a new adventure waiting to unfold. And it gave me the space and time required for self-introspection.
Like writing, I never planned to “look within.” It happened naturally. I had begun meditating several years earlier and one life question simply led to another. And then it culminated in a profound inner shift that catapulted me onto a year-long journey of self-discovery through India and Thailand.
During that time, I meditated, learnt yoga, read, reflected, attended retreats, sat in on “gurus,” haggled with auto drivers and con artists, returned to unresolved issues from the past and learnt more about myself than I had in all the previous years combined.
A second chance
Slowly but surely, I began to feel more “myself” than ever before. Parts of me that had been lying dormant for years, such as music, were reawakened and cultivated. It was a second chance at life – the difference this time being that I’d live each moment consciously and in a way that is true to myself.