TIME TO THRIVE BLOG
My amazing adventure as a barefoot Life Coach
For a couple of weeks, I will be a ‘digital nomad’. I’m not 20- or 30-something anymore. I’m a wife and a mother and I have a lot of commitments – and still, I brought my work and family with me to an island in Thailand.
With my ‘Off The Hamster Wheel’ adventure, I want to inspire you to follow your heart’s desires. To allow yourself to want what you want, to take risks and take action and fully commit to making it happen.
The sky is the limit
‘You were always that wild bird flying to places while I felt like a bird in a cage’ my dear friend said to me the other day on the phone.
I had told her about my upcoming semi-sabbatical in Thailand and I was reminded of all the adventures I had gone on in my life in order to get off the purposeless hamster wheel.
I have always been a ‘sky is the limit’ kind of person. And I have my dad to thank for that.
When he was 15 he bicycled from the top to the bottom of Sweden on his own.
When he was 16 he bicycled around Europe on his own.
When he was 18 he was the first exchange student from his hometown to go to the U.S. for one year.
When he was 25 he went to a school in Poland to learn the language.
Hearing these stories growing up made me trust ‘the world out there’ (and make the decision that I would go on many adventures too!)
Since I was 15… I have, among many things, taken a language course in the UK, worked at a kibbutz in Israel, studied creative writing on an island in Sweden, gone island hopping in Thailand, travelled around India on my own, taken a road trip with my dad to make a film about my grandmother, lived in Guatemala with my bestie for four months and visited four countries with my daughter before she could walk…
Of course, it was often challenging and not always what I had planned or imagined:
- I was thrown out of the kibbutz for rebelling against a volunteer leader.
- I woke up to find a man in my bed on a night train in India (and promptly kicked him out).
- Nobody wanted to invest in my film about my grandmother and so I never finished it.
- My husband missed the day when our daughter started walking as we were visiting a friend of mine in Brussels.
There are no adventures without challenges, and we’re not always reaching our goals. AND THAT IS OK. The most important thing is that we start doing the things we dream of.
You don’t want to look back on your life when you are 80 and think about all the things you wanted to do but didn’t, right?
Just do it!
I will be working part time. My daughter will go to school. (Though she’ll probably spend most of her time in the water!)
If the pandemic taught me anything, it’s not to postpone things for too long.
Soon my daughter will be too old to leave her friends behind. Too old to hang out with her parents. I don’t want to regret not doing more fun stuff together.
Getting ‘off the hamster wheel’ of life
The purpose of this trip is to do exactly what I help my clients do:
Recharge, reconnect and refocus.
Less planning, more ‘whatever I feel like today’
Less rushing here and there, more simplifying
Less indoors, more outdoors
Less tension, more carefree days
Less sitting still, more movement
Less pushing through, more letting ideas flow
Less interruptions, more presence
Follow my adventure
If you’re curious to hear about my journey, be sure to follow me on Instagram. There, I will regularly post about our adventure.
What is it you’re dreaming of but postponing?
Hello, I’m Katarina Stoltz, a life coach and psychotherapist helping international professionals prioritise their well-being so they can achieve fulfillment without burning out.
Welcome to the 'Time To Thrive' blog, where I share real-life stories and offer valuable and practical tips for how to prevent burnout, expand your self awareness and start living your vision.
I don’t offer ‘quick fix’ solutions, but my tips are straightforward and easy to follow. You’re in the right place if you’re looking for some thought-provoking articles and honest life stories.
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