You can do anything. But you can't do everything...

Do you kinda feel like you need a nap?

That’s fair enough. The world is pretty tired…

Ever since the pandemic kicked off, it’s been really hard for a lot of people to just get through the week, let alone think about setting goals or chasing a long-held dream. 

Most of us have been in survival mode, many have lost people we love and billions have spent long stretches of time in isolation. All our five-year plans went out the window when we couldn’t even plan for next week, and we had no choice but to suck it up, keep calm and carry on. 

So that’s what we did, and you know what? I think we navigated the chaos pretty well…

But now we’re apparently on the other side of the pandemic and life has gone back to “normal”. Whatever that means. 

Yep, it’s the morning after the pandemic party, and we’re now living in the hangover. Groggy, confused and feeling like the last couple of years are all a bit of a blur…

In this new version of the world, we’re faced with a quirky paradox:

On one hand, many of us are struggling to find the motivation and energy to make big life changes when we’re bone tired and the world still seems unpredictable. We might be dealing with some residual stress and exhaustion from the years we spent in fight or flight mode, so it doesn’t take much to set us off or wear us out. 

But at the same time, the uncertainty and hugeness of the pandemic has caused many of us to reflect and reevaluate our lives through an entirely new lens.

What feels more important now? The goals? The grind? The hustle? The commute in a suit? 

Or 8 hours solid sleep without having to set an alarm tomorrow morning? 

The media is talking about the Great Resignation — employees leaving their jobs in droves to create a life with more simplicity and freedom. Companies have moved to Work From Home models en masse as employees refuse to return to the office in favour of more work-life balance.

So we’re inspired to change… but we’re also really fricking tired.  

How the hell do we move forward from here? 

Sleep, simplify, switch off and complete the stress cycle...

Since 2018, my coaching practice has been focused on helping ambitious, multi-passionate souls find their path through life and chase their big dreams. Over a 3 or 6 month coaching series, I would work with my clients to set goals and use accountability tools to keep them on track.

But lately, I’ve been finding this unfulfilling and so have my clients. 

Here are a few changes I’ve observed in the last 2 years:

1. While people still have goals, I often find them secretly longing to be less productive but they’re afraid to go down that path. Many feel like they need permission to rest in a society that notoriously measures our worth by our productivity and encourages us to wear our busyness as a badge of honour. A lot of people are worried that if they stop, they’ll never start again. 

2. People are more conscious than ever that life is short… but so are their attention spans. Brain fog is a thing and concentration has taken a big hit, so when we do set goals, we have to establish longer timeframes and gentler expectations to avoid frustration and disappointment.

3.  When we set big goals, they tend to fade in importance throughout the coaching series as basic health and wellness become a priority. Even though it’s counterintuitive, I’ve found the best way to keep people moving forward is to set more objectives around rest, being idle, meditation and stress-relieving practices (like practicing yoga, running, dancing around the house singing into a hairbrush, and wandering through the forest and hugging a tree while you wiggle your toes in the dirt.) 

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. — The Dalai Lama

For all these reasons and more, I’m not feeling called to be the coach who motivates people to hit their goals, work to timelines, stay accountable and keep striving forward. 

Because honestly, right now, I feel like a lot of people would do better to just give themselves a break and lie down and take a nap. 

I want to help people learn how to rest — and I mean really rest to recharge — and know they are still worthy, still enough if they are idle. 

I also want to help people master the art of completing the stress cycle so we don’t all burn out. 

Because simply removing a stressful situation from your life does not remove the stress from your body. It stays there, festering, until another stress comes along and piles on. If you want to better understand this process and what happens if we don’t break the cycle, check out the Nagoski sister’s research on burn out (via the fabulous Brené Brown).

This is what my clients are telling me they need right now so I’m steering my coaching practice in a new direction. Together, let’s work through your stress-debt so you feel better equipped to take on the world… 

Life Balance Sessions (for when the world feels all out of whack)

For the rest of this year, I’m offering 90 minute Life Balance Sessions.

This is a ‘time-out’ from your life to do whatever you need to do to restore peace, calm and balance to your world.

We don’t have to sit on Zoom for an hour-and-a-half and talk about your goals if that’s not where your head is at.

If you need to unload, we can get outside for a walk while you talk about what’s been going on for you.

If you need some lightness and laughter, we can dance and sing and giggle around the room.

If you need to unleash, you can SCREAMyell to me, not at me, and get it all out in a safe place where no one will judge you. 

If you need peace, we can drop into meditation and spend some time together in comfortable silence.

We’ll do whatever you need. 

This is YOUR time.

Your private mini-retreat, a break from the world to take exactly what you need to dispel your stress and feel whole and grounded again.  

Then, only if you want, we can also work towards some stress-free objectives to help you live a simpler, happier life, like:  

    • Creating that elusive “work-life” balance you’ve heard people talk about in fairytales
    • Scheduling time for guilt-free rest and play
    • Simplifying and decluttering your life so you have more space, time and freedom to focus on what matters
    • Establishing some basic food and fitness practices to keep your body fuelled
    • Developing a sleep routine to make sure you’re rested
    • Overcoming ‘decision fatigue’ with some basic life hacks
    • Reducing social media and screen-time so your brain can switch off (without going full digital detox or returning to the pre-internet dark ages!) 
    • Finding community and connection with your people so you can walk this journey together… 

    One hour of rest is two days survival
    — Eddie Jaku, The Happiest Man on Earth

    Even someone as goal-driven as me, who literally wrote the book on setting goals to find your path forward in life, recognises the importance of rest in working towards the life you want. 

    For several years I’ve scheduled one full day of rest for myself each week (usually Sundays) and I’ve actively minimised and simplified my life so I have less and less stuff to do, own and worry about. 

    I feel like I’ve created the work-life balance I know a lot of people dream of and I’m learning to complete the stress cycles of my life, and I want that for you, too.  

    Life Balance Sessions are $139 AUD for 90 minutes of dedicated rest, recharge and ‘you time’. Available over the magical interweb for people anywhere in the world…  

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    Laura knows just the right questions to ask so I can tap into the answers I need from within. She also has a great way of keeping me on track but not too strict like a sergeant — just a happy medium.

    She listens and understands me but doesn’t pity me and still gently pushes me forward — which I really needed. I was also able to cut the procrastination crap and just get on with it, to stop making excuses and projecting things so far into the future that I don’t get on with the things in front of me. 

    Before I worked with Laura I was so confused and paralyzed with too many decisions to make in terms of my career and general direction in life. I knew where I wanted to go but did not know where to even start.

    Now I am taking a path not many people are travelling on but I finally believe I am 100% entitled and allowed to take this path. This has been liberating, enlightening, empowering and my family have said they can see I have more clarity and confidence after coaching. 

    I think anyone who has Laura as a coach in their life is so blessed! I know I am!

    Vasti

    “Laura’s incredible insight gave me so much clarity and made me feel confident that I CAN do anything and everything I want to do. It was a huge A-HA moment for me.

    Laura has this incredible warmth and nurturing way about her. She’s relatable and encouraging but also keeps it real. In our sessions, I felt comfortable being my authentic self and knew that I could talk about anything without judgement. I absolutely love Laura’s energy and passion for life! Her experiences and knowledge about the world and consciousness are inspiring.”

    Candace

    “I was lucky enough to work with Laura and experience her brilliance first-hand when I hired her to speak and facilitate a workshop at Phuket Cleanse, the number one wellness retreat in Phuket, Thailand.

    She took our guests through her GPS For The Soul process, which they found incredibly helpful and the feedback we received was glowing. Much more than just inspiration and motivation, the guests were blown away by how they could apply the process to their own lives and begin to create meaningful change.

    Laura’s ability to be honest, vulnerable and connect with people made this workshop all the more powerful and I would recommend her to anyone.”

    Samantha Thomas

    Head Life Coach, Phuket Cleanse

    Not Ready Yet?

    That’s totally ok.

    I believe there’s a right time for everything.

    You can drop your details below if you’d like to stay in touch and if you need a little balance in your life somewhere down the road, you know where to find me.