I was walking along the city street, head hung with tiredness. My baby son had woken up countless times and my 3 year old daughter did NOT want to go to daycare that morning. I had just put behind me a day of interviews that had drained me and I was in the middle of a messy, painful divorce. I was not the all singing, all dancing zen life coach that I had proudly in mind for myself.
Then I saw her….. across the road… someone on my bucket list to speak to… 7 times world surfing champion Layne Beachley. I should warn you that I am a mad keen surfer of almost 2 decades. I’ve surfed snow covered Scottish beaches beside nuclear plants that warmed the water to catch that elusive wave. Crazy huh?! I have moved to this side of the world to live nearer a warmer and safer wave. It does not reflect my talent I have to say, but that’s okay.
Back to Layne.. gulp, do I speak to her, bother her or just say wow thank god I’ve seen her in the flesh and just get on with my day. You know that wobbly, adrenaline thumping, this is my chance, before you jump feeling? ALL of that! Just jump my inner voice said.
I approached her and said I think what you are doing with your foundation is amazing and she graciously stopped what she was doing smiled and said thank you. Job done. I survived!
That was enough to make me realise I could do scary things even when my life looked scary around me. What I did next will forever stick in my mind as continuing to change my life daily and bringing it to a whole new level. Of course I could’ve stopped just there but no lets take the next step.
I contacted Laynes Aim for the stars foundation and offered my services as a coach to all her amazing grant recipients. Guess what she said yes!! A few months later I found myself, a week after signing my divorce papers on a yacht in Sydney Harbour, surrounded by amazing, talented girls who are ballet dancers, Olympic para-olympians, leading change agents, athletes I will see at future Olympics and Layne alongside Kurt her husband. Kurt is in INXS, the first live band I saw!!
I continue to support, since that fateful day over 6 years ago, this foundation yearly and it never ceases to amaze me what I gain from coaching all these inspiring women and what Layne achieves and continues to achieve.
All from this one brave move and taking the next step…
What is your next brave move or next step? Are you ready? Do you have a story to share?