Before I tell you the story of my life starting with the events from eight years ago, I want to mention that it is a gorgeous day today! I am super blessed to be able to take advantage of the beautiful weather here in the Algarve and to spend quality time with my husband and son.
It wasn’t always like this though…let’s get on with it so you can get to know me better.
THE STORY OF MY LIFE
2009 – 2010 was a super difficult time in my life. I was in a live-in relationship with someone and it was ending. This was someone I thought I would spend the rest of my days with, with whom I shared hopes and dreams with, with whom I became financially, emotionally and physically destroyed with…
Not saying that it was all his fault, after all, we were two in the relationship and I let things happen thinking that they were good decisions…
Boy was I wrong!
By the end, I lost friends, I pulled away from my family, I was an insomniac, had gained weight and felt horrible in my own skin, I became intolerant to food, I lost my passion, I was depressed, I was bankrupt…I was BURNT OUT!!
One day, I packed up my belongings and left everything else behind…my heart was broken. I was broken.
No one, not my friends or family really knew what was going on in my life. But I’m sure they saw that I was different and things weren’t going as I had hoped.
Being bankrupt, I had no choice but to move in with some family and I am so blessed that they agreed to take me in.
I continued being burnt out, pretending to be happy. I didn’t know how I could get better and I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my problems because I have always felt that I should be listening instead of talking. Now I know this is a limiting belief I have that was ingrained in my head as a child.
I continued working and paying off the endless amount of debt. The phone calls were stressful. I worked long hours to stay busy. I only slept about 2 hours a night. My brain was fried.
MY LIFE WOULD CHANGE FOREVER
Then one day, I recalled the name of an old friend. I looked him up on Facebook and he added me. We started chatting. I found out that he had moved back to Europe a few years before our reconnect and asked me to visit him…
A vacation was exactly what I needed!!! To get away from everything that was going on and to clear my head.
I took my two week vacation to Belgium in June 2010 and I fell in love! LITERALLY!
Those two weeks changed my life and I felt normal again; I slept a whole night after sleeping only two hours a night for a year, I could have dairy, I was happy, I was relieved, I had someone I could talk to. A weight was lifted and I could think clearly again.
I WAS ME!! And I was determined to continue to be me and take bold action! And it’s exactly what I did!
When I returned to Toronto, I told everyone that I was moving to Belgium! They all thought I was nuts! 😂I can understand, because I was going to leave my whole life to live with someone no one knew, that I just reconnected with after about fifteen years, to live in a different country, on a different continent…I had to be crazy!!
I made my decision and sold everything I could; my belongings, my car, my Wii, my computer and I made all the arrangements for my move which included getting a pallet to ship boxes to Belgium and I booked my flight for August…just 2 months later!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME
Actually, tomorrow is my eight year anniversary of moving to Europe. This is really where the story of my life begins to get good.
It was the best decision I have ever made! It literally changed my life. And although there have been ups and downs, it has made me who I am today.
The first year of moving to Belgium was pretty hard. I couldn’t find a job, I didn’t have any friends or family, apart from those of my partners, and I felt lonely since he worked most of the day. Oh, and I had no money!! Of course I didn’t…I was bankrupt and I had no job anymore…
I spent my time being creative, cleaning, organizing and searching the web. This is when I found EFT and started looking into alternative methods of healing.
I never considered becoming a coach at that time and I continued my search for a job. Finally, I got one teaching English as a second language at a language center. I felt fulfilled! Finally, something I could do to help others and something I was good at!
In fact, teaching ESL is something that I still do online because I love it so much! If you’re from the US or Canada and want to know more about teaching ESL online to kids in Asia, I can definitely point you in the right direction.
My quest for alternative methods of healing, both physically and mentally continued. I was feeling more like me, like I was getting into my groove, my purpose. I was also feeling so much better about myself because I started working out and lost the weight I gained during burnout.
LIFE STARTED TO GET BETTER…MOSTLY
Well, a couple years went by and we got engaged. We had our beautiful wedding in Toronto on July 22, 2012. I planned everything from Belgium. It was a challenge, but I love challenges! It was perfect!
After our return, I got into network marketing to try to make some extra money because I wanted to be able to travel to Canada more. Meanwhile, I found out I was pregnant, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and my dad’s health was slowly diminishing.
The following year on April 23, 2013, we had our son Matteo. I had even more of a burning desire to make my business work so I could see my family, for my mom not to forget me, for my dad to meet my son and for us to be able to travel to Canada a lot more.
It didn’t quite work out as I had hoped…the story of my life 😢
I had to go back to work when Matteo was five months old. Very difficult for me. I missed out on a lot because I was always working. This is another reason why I wanted my network marketing business to work! I wanted to spend more time with my family.
My dad passed away on Boxing Day 2014 and he never got to meet Matteo. We went to Canada the following Christmas…no…I didn’t go to my own fathers funeral. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to go. I was heartbroken.
I swore to myself that I would not allow something like this to happen again!
CHANGE IS GOOD
I failed at network marketing. It wasn’t my passion. I wasn’t aligned. There was too much drama for something that was supposed to be positive. So after stopping last summer, I decided to follow my heart. To work on myself to be able to help others through my true purpose and calling.
I wanted to continue to change the story of my life to make as much of an impact as possible.
While this was happening, we were planning our family move to Portugal. We had been the summer before and fell in love! If you know Belgium, then you know that the weather is very similar to the UK where it’s usually gray and rainy. We had enough. And having a son that has been sick every month of his life, we needed to make a change…Something we all do quite easily! 😂
We’re loving it here!! The sun, the heat, the beach, the food, the lifestyle and the people. It’s now home.
I got my Life Coach certification May 2018. I wanted to help online entrepreneurs balance their lives and create more emotional and financial freedom. Having had some experience with how it doesn’t work when I was in network marketing, I was able to learn from those experiences.
Also, having used Facebook to market my business, I knew how to use it to be seen by more people and to be recognized as a business professional.
Learning is very important to me. I continue to learn and develop my skills as a Life Coach, with mindset practices as well as with social media marketing. I learn from the best and share my secrets with my clients.
Also, I have signed up for an NLP course as well as a Hypnotherapy course. I’m excited to be able to use these to further help my clients in the near future.
I LOVE WHAT I DO
Finally, I am in alignment and in a place of gratitude, abundance and fulfillment. I have found the balance I need to be at my best but also allow myself to be flexible. After all, I am only human and life happens! Sometimes, you just have to roll with it! The story of my life continues to change, both good and not so good, but that’s life!
My life has been full of ups and downs, just as yours has, and because I have been able to learn from all of it, to forgive myself and others, to move forward and step into my power, I am sharing this with you. And I am here to guide you through coaching and mentoring and help you step into your power and be the best you possible.
Why am I telling you the story of my life? Because it could resonate with you. You could feel reassured that you’re not alone, because you aren’t.
ARE YOU READY??
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That’s the last 8 years of my life in a nutshell 😉
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