Born into a work-orientated family in Ireland, I originally embarked on a path of scientific training, taking Degrees in Mathematics, Science and Electronic Engineering. Despite external success having spent more than fifteen years as a business woman in the IT industry, I struggled inside as I felt stuck in a career that conflicted with my heart.
And it was following the death of my father in 2006 that I was jolted into a sudden awakening as I started to question, “what is life all about?” and “why are we here?”. These basic questions were the start of what I describe as an amazing whirlwind journey, when I started to reconnect with my intuitive self that had been prominent in my childhood. This prompted me to pack in my career to pursue a path of self-discovery and find more heart-felt purpose in life. Ultimately this led me back to expression through writing, a passion I have held most of my life and what I used to describe as my hobby.
It is my experience that the more we focus on struggles in life, the more we feed grief-driven mindsets, which becomes embedded in us and becomes our reality. This means we attract what we focus on, and this is independent of external circumstances over which we may not have any control. There is no formula, as many people know, and changing careers or finding more purpose to our lives is a combination of the pragmatic and practical planning, creating a positively focused vision, and a very important ingredient, and most often a forgotten one, is faith. And faith and belief in what you decide to do come strongly through developing your intuition.
I have learned through my own journey in life that intuition is the key to connecting to a divine source within ourselves, opposed to orthodox beliefs in a deity that resides outside of us. I believe that we are all divinely connected, and when we become more curious about this great mystery in life, searching for our own heart-felt truths, and combining both our physical environment with a spiritual awareness, we are guided to new heights of consciousness of our abilities and desires.
Everything starts with an idea, a dream, and then it is up to us what we do with it. So how do we know if our idea is a fleeting or even impossible notion of the day or a true intuitive thought about a direction to take? It’s a huge topic, yet one of the simplest ways to recognise true intuition is when it is a strong recurring thought. Intuitive thoughts are consistent, they are inspired thoughts, and they will be in alignment with something that you are really interested in; something that gives you lots of inner joy in doing it while equally bringing more joy to those around you. If your thoughts are ego-driven (the biggest interference to intuition), they will tend to change, and ideas will come and go, they will lack consistency, and in effect are driven by pure ambition independent of where your natural talents lie.
Faith is increased as your intuition develops further, and when I speak of faith, I do not speak from any religious bias, as to me, faith is like a prayer that is visualising the outcome you want with the best of intentions; and in doing so, we grow both personally and spiritually as we connect with our own authentic voice and truths.
This is not a formula for everyone to follow, only each one of us can connect with what it is that resides deep inside. What is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. What works for me does not necessarily work for another. We work with what we have, and look at the options to make the changes we want, that is our choice. That was my decision. Choice is an attitude to me.
There are those that tell me it is easy for me! And maybe that is because I don’t have the tendency to focus on or constantly dump my continued personal struggles onto others. As we go through our own unique lives, it is about staying open to the message that a particular crisis or equally a synchronicity may bring – always learning from past mistakes made, and using that information to propel you forward as you implement the changes you want into your life also.
As a full-time writer for nearly two years now, I also coach others to enhance their creativity. My work is inspired by my life journey, which has been my struggle to combine my scientifically trained mind with my heart-felt creativity, overcoming my childhood limiting self-beliefs, searching for more fulfilling belief systems and integrating fun with spirituality to make it more invigorating for myself and for others. I express this not only through my writing, but also through my encouragement of others to connect with their own authentic voice and enthusiasms.
I budget, I live on a lot less that I used to. I have downsized hugely to allow me to transition the change. There is always a price to pay. But there is no price I can place on peace of mind and the path of the soul.