Hi. I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne in the 60’s and 70’s.
I decided to train as a nurse with an eye to backpacking the world after I finished my training.
In Israel, I became mesmerized by the busy dance of the United Nations flag flying up on the Golan Heights bordering Lebanon. I really wondered what it would be like to work for the UN and know the world from a different vantage point. After a year of backpacking and working, I arrived back home different yet the same. I took a job at a private hospital nearer to home and pondered on that blue UN flag flying….
I ended up meeting my husband on my first mission to Iraq after the first Gulf war. We spent a good 12 years or so working in the humanitarian aid industry together after we met. Observing and experiencing those suffering deeply in war zones, refugee camps, countries in transitioning economies and post-genocide horrors, I took some time in the middle of all that to study my Masters in International Development in Oxford. And I am often so grateful to have personally experienced our shared humanity in every culture and in every human being I ever met. There is good in everyone.
At the end of my time I was ever so grateful to have been inspired by that blue UN flag in my backpacking year so long ago. But I was done with field-work. I was pregnant with the first of our two kids, and it was time to stop travelling, breathe, grow babies and get slightly more comfortable in my own skin, rather than in the skin of the globe. And not live in a tent or some version of one.
Motherhood was delicious, I’d have to say! I was really ready to reproduce at the age of 37 although I found it very tough to adjust to calmer Melbourne life. I re-entered the aid world when our first was 2yrs old, to work on the major post Tsunami operation for the Red Cross. That position came and went and I was glad. Juggling little ones and jobs, I’m just not across that so well… and along came my second child. And so too, began my amazing dance with personal development.
The next 7 years were spent as a stay at home mum (my preference) and I found myself being more and more opened to spending time on/with myself, sorting out my own internal wars rather than the wars in external far away places. I have found that my children have been such catalysts for my personal inner exploration. Lovely! My husband remained in the industry, mostly Melbourne-based but often travelling. That was ok. My kids slowed me down so much. Bless them!
And those 7 years trickled along also allowing me to hone and develop my own skillset as a personal development facilitator/coach/mentor co-facilitating residential workshops an hour out of Melbourne. Life was chooffing along very nicely. Until something happened.
My husband was suddenly made redundant and two years of hell descended upon us as we struggled to find work to cover any expenses. We had limited savings and he just could not find work… for two years. Many loving friends and family members came out of the woodwork and helped us to scrape by. A bit here and a bit there. I became a cleaner, as the aid industry had no work for me either. Our debt pressure, and our inability to cover bills and mortgage was incredible. I will always be humbled by people’s generosity of spirit and kind to us/me over this time. My husband was eventually forced to find work overseas with the hope that he relocate back to in the future. But there were no jobs in Australia even though he was very senior in the humanitarian aid industry. So for two years he lived in Malaysia and only visited some school holidays. I vowed that I would never allow our family to be so vulnerable to external realities again.
Long story short. He quit his job, threw it all in, came back to Melbourne and we decided to look at how to take full responsibility for our financial prosperity never again willing to rely on external forces that can take it all away in an instant. The move to being an entrepreneur has been challenging yet amazing. To be sovereign and responsible to only ourselves and give ourselves permission to have more and achieve more is greatly freeing and edifies the soul.
Hi, my name is Nate.
For nearly 30 years I had a successful, rewarding and meaningful career as a senior manager in the international humanitarian and development sector. I worked all around the world with organizations like the UN, Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children and the Red Cross. It was exciting and I was able to make a genuine contribution to improving the lives of many people.
But even though I was successful I was never really satisfied. What I have always loved is writing and expressing myself through photography, yet as a ‘salary-man’ this most authentic part of me was sidelined, covered up or marginalised. Over the years I wrote a number of popular blogs, published a novel and moonlighted as a columnist. But I never had the courage to imagine I could actually quit my job and put my passions at the center of my life.
But after being introduced to and embracing these products I have made a decision to create a Life of My Choosing rather than simply accept whatever life happens to be on offer. Along with my wife, Yvonne, I have joined the ranks of the ‘unemployable’: people who COULD get a job but CHOOSE not to take one!
- Because I am no longer willing to make and accept excuses for not having what I have always ‘wished’ for.
- Because I want to spend time with my wife and young children rather than constantly being away and travelling for my job.
- Because I want to have time to write and photograph.
- Because I want to have a way to make money that is portable and lucrative.
This business ticks all of those boxes. I am now living the life I’ve always wanted. My second novel will be published soon and I’m working on another. I’m becoming a healthier, more purposeful and focused person by putting time into working on myself. And my financial future is more secure than it has ever been in any job.