What is “Everyday Inspirers”?

There are so many people that inspire me…From Steve Jobs who put a ding in the universe, to everyday peeps who [by living the life they were born to live] are creating ripples or waves in this wonderful world we live in! I get really inspired when I read about what people are doing, and maybe even more inspired when I hear where they came from [or how they started], their tips, tricks and life hacks… and other inspirational bits of info. That’s what sparked this new section! I want to share some of the stories behind the awesome everyday peeps like you and me, who are doing really great things!

 


Let’s meet Kim…

I met Kim over a year ago… and it’s been incredible to interact with her, learn from her, and see her growth towards embracing a happier life… here’s an inside chat with one of the incredible people who are a part of my mastermind 😉

I’m also inspired by how she does business online [you can take a look at her blog for more], and she’s just released a book too!


Q. How are you serving the world?

A. I speak and write happy. I help people transform their life from “surface” happy to “soulful” happy and I do that through my book Embracing Happy, and my online course The Happier Life Challenge.

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Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling

About 4 years ago, I thought I had it all – a business I loved, two great kids, a wonderful husband and my dream home.

Then my son asked my why I wasn’t happy and having fun anymore.

It stopped me in my tracks.

So I set out to figure it out.

Not soon after that eye-opening moment, my husband lost his job and things began to unravel. During it all though, I tried to stay happy for no reason. Then my husband found his dream job, halfway around the world in Bangkok, Thailand.

I closed the business I loved and moved away from family and friends – still trying to remain happy for no reason.

Six weeks after our arrival in Thailand, my brother was murdered and that is when I was really tested.

I firmly believe that everything I had done up to this point helped me navigate this horrific tragedy and led me to where I am today.

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Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?

I have had several, first it was the kids asking me why I didn’t have fun anymore.

My kids are my everything so for them to think I would choose work over them made me sick to my stomach.

The next came when my husband lost his job, I was in a better place than I was before but I was consumed by worry. Worry that didn’t help in the least and I knew I needed to get it under control.

And finally, my brother’s murder.

After moving through the initial grief and shock, I realized life was too short to not be doing something you love.

Q.What did that moment [or moments] feel like?

A. With each new commitment to being happy, there was a sense of relief. Like a weight has been lifted and I knew I needed to do it.

But it is easy to fall back into old patterns and it was the loss of my brother that made me realize I couldn’t afford not to do this anymore.

That realization was a gift and gave me my life back and I am grateful for it everyday.

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Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative??

A. I find the things that keep me on my game are good sleep, good nutrition – eating things that make me feel good, and movement.

I am a writer so it is easy to snack and sit all day.

When I started paying attention to my routine, I realized how much of it affected my mood.

Now I get up and do mini-workouts throughout the day, snack on healthy treats and get a full night’s sleep.

I have found every problem becomes solvable after some rest.

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Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?

A. Of course, I am inspired by you, Emma.

You seem to know just what I need when I need it most.

I would have to say I have been inspired by the stories of Kimra Luna and Lori Deschene from Tiny Buddha.

Q.What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?

A. Sleep. I can’t tell you how my entire life’s perspective has changed when I started getting enough sleep.

I firmly believe it is our most under-utilized weapon when it comes to happiness, doing our best work and living our best life.

Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?

A. Mostly I talk to myself.

I question it, put it into perspective and then reframe it into something real and more positive.

I am not going to lie, it was hard at first and I had some very lengthy conversations with myself.

But now, I can turn things around a lot quicker. The more I practiced the better I became at it.

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Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?

A. I will be happy and still be spreading the importance of embracing happy in life.

I imagine I will be doing it on a beach somewhere with my kids visiting between semesters or on vacation.

The best way for me to stop doubting what I’m doing when I’m overwhelmed is to step away from social media for a bit.

Q. What would you tell the “YOU” 5 years ago… about creating a biz [and life] you love?

A. That’s easy – “It will all work out as it is meant to.”

It is a big part of my self-talk now. You find the greatest freedom when you release the worry knowing without a doubt that it will all work out.

Q. Your favourite inspiring quote?

So many to choose from and it changes every day so today I will choose,

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Want to connect with Kim?

 You can take a look at her blog, and here’s her book: Embracing happy … or maybe you just want to stalk her on Instagramtwitter, and Facebook!

Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?

I was reminded that I need to plan a little bit more sleep into my life!

It’s also relieving to know that I’m not the only one that likes to talk herself into being happy 😉

What stood out for you?

Em

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