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When I was a kid, having fun was king. And having fun meant anything to do with music, water, and laughter. I loved to laugh, and even more so, I loved to make other people laugh. I loved to sing and perform. I loved beaches, pools, waterslides and sprinklers. If you were ever wondering where I was, it was a pretty safe bet that I’d be close to a body of water with friends or singing my heart out at the top of my lungs. Having fun was king, and I was great at having fun!

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Even as I got older, music, water and laughter were constants in my life. I played the flute and sang in various choirs and orchestras, graduating from university with a Bachelor of Music with Honours. When I wasn’t practicing or performing, every spare moment I had was spent on a beach as I’m fortunate to live in BC surrounded by beautiful lakes and the ocean. And laughter was a given because I was genuinely happy, living my best life.

Music went with me everywhere. Until it didn’t.

I stopped playing my flute, I stopped performing in jazz clubs, and music started to fade into the background like a constant decrescendo that eventually ends almost unnoticed. My focus went elsewhere, or really, it went wherever I thought would get me a good job that paid enough to let me live the way I wanted to live. The irony here is that living the way I wanted to live included music and water, but the path I was on was leading me in an entirely different direction.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see it until much later after many years had passed.

Fortunately, I saw it eventually and made some major changes in my life.

I’m so thankful to have found my way back to music and to be playing my flute again. And I’m equally thankful that I have the opportunity to be lakeside or by the ocean whenever the feeling moves me as I have designed a career that allows me to work from anywhere.

But my big questions are why do we work hard to get somewhere we don’t truly want to be? Why aren’t we planning for the career, and by extension, the life, we want? And why do we believe we need to sacrifice our happiness and desired lifestyle for a “safe” job?

I wasted a huge chunk of my life sacrificing what I really wanted for what I thought I needed. Are you doing the same? Ask yourself what you were passionate about when you were younger. When responsibility was a far-off thought and opportunity was everywhere. If for nothing else, it’s food for thought. And it may just open your eyes to new possibilities that allow you to get back to yourself in ways you haven’t considered before. For me, it’s led to music, water and laughter being major influences in my life again. They’ve re-entered my reality since becoming a business coach for creatives, and I’m so grateful I made the changes that brought them back into my life.

My hope for all of you is that you re-find your passion and figure out a way to make it a major part of your life. Whether it’s finding a way to monetize it or building a new reality that lets you celebrate it in long-forgotten ways, it’s worth the effort and journey to get there. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel alive instead of just living.

If I can help you get there, you know how to find me.

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