AboutMeCollage.001I think I’m mostly normal…

There’s nothing out of the ordinary about me. I’m just a normal woman, with a normal job, living in a normal city, with a normal life.

There are a couple of interesting things about me… but they’re still normal.

We live in a converted garage. Yep, with rent prices here in Auckland (New Zealand), it makes sense for us to live in a garage that’s been converted in to a one bedroom dwelling. Rent is only $265 per week and we don’t have to share walls with any other residents. The people that live in the house are lovely (and quiet) and it makes for a nice living situation.

We’ve been married eight years now and have been trying for a baby for about four of those years. Last year we went through two rounds of IVF. I have very bad endometriosis and I’m now in my forties.

I play roller derby. This is probably the thing I’m most proud of. It’s a full on sport that involves a big dose of fitness, agility and mental toughness. I’ve only been playing for two years now and I did have to give it up for the last 6 months when work and IVF just meant my schedule was too crazy to fit the 8 hours of team trainings per week. But I’m back now, and my first focus is on getting back to some semblance of fitness.

I’m a Maori. Obviously that’s normal to everyone in New Zealand… but I get the impression that sometimes the rest of the world thinks we (Maori) still live in grass huts and eat each other. (We don’t)

I’ve started this blog because even though sometimes I feel like I’m the only person that is like me, I’m sure there are others that feel the same way as I do.

What is it I’m feeling?

That there must be something more to life than the endless get up, go to work, come home, cook dinner, go to bed, get up, go to work…

I quite like my job, it’s certainly the most enjoyable job I’ve ever had and the pay is alright. But still, it’s a job. And I don’t want to spend 48 weeks of the year on this routine of nothingness.

Yes I know there are other things that we can do in life to bring fulfillment. Helping others, being involved in sports or hobbies, study, having children (!), travel, volunteering and more. But I don’t want to have to keep trying to fit all these good things in my life around this HUGE part of my life called ‘a job’.

Surely there must be others out there who feel the same way?

I spend far too much of my time reading about the people in this world that have the life that I want to live.

They’ve worked for it.

They’ve sacrificed the not-so-important so that they could build the really-important.

And they’ve even mapped out the way for me.

And I have continued to go back to their blogs and podcasts and consume the dream that they have been showing me.

I’ve never wished that I could be them. But I have wished for so long, that I could get off my ass and do some work just like they have.

This blog is me getting off my ass…

Here I plan to record my journey of self-development. Getting my mindset right, in order to take the actions required, to change my life, and get free.