The 5-Min Soul Share: Major Life Updates

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Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in your life don’t have a title until much later." - Bob Goff

Have you ever found yourself in a place or a season of change that left you with more questions than answers? How do you navigate through the uncertainty when you just don’t know what the future holds?

I’m currently finding myself in this exact situation. While everyone else is busy chasing their new year resolutions and seems to have their 2019 plan of attack perfectly mapped out, my world has been turned upside down.

Long story short, but essentially Phil’s and my Australian visa runs out on the 15thof March and we don’t have a backup plan. Our initial hope was for me to get sponsored through my work, but that fell through as my current job in a brand entertainment/social agency isn’t relevant enough to my Bachelor studies. I found out the week before the Christmas holidays, and ever since I’ve been in literal panic mode. We have talked to and met with multiple lawyers, thought through every single option, drawn up pro and con lists for each scenario…

Major life decisions to be made

I’m just not ready to leave Australia! We came here almost three years ago on a complete hunch, with no job, no real plan and only one person we knew. Since then, Australia has become home, and I’ve honestly never felt more ME anywhere in the world. With all the moving around that I’ve done, this is the first time I feel like I’ve truly found “my place”. The thought of leaving Australia makes me want to ugly cry. And I have, I’ve done lots of crying the last few weeks actually. I’m not sleeping well, I’m having all these crazy dreams and my eating was all over the place for a little while too. I feel lost, confused and honestly just really exhausted. Definitely not how I envisioned 2019 to start off. Blaaah. 

Conversations with Phil have been intense, and the Skye conversations with my parents even more full on. Questions go like this: What do you want to do? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Are you sure this is the right thing? And all I want to do is scream I DON’T KNOW from the top of my lungs.

Technically the options are endless – keep trying different ways to get sponsored, Phil extends his student visa by studying another semester, I do a Masters (only a casual unexpected 90k expense, no biggie), or we could move anywhere in the world! But all of these options leave me feeling anxious and uncertain. Uncertainty/anxietyàFear àLack of action. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been paralyzed by this predicament. It’s emotionally, mentally and spiritually draining. At the moment I wake up every morning consumed with worries and an immense sense of pressure and urgency. Exactly how I didn’t want to feel coming into 2019.

I think as a generation, we’ve got this invisible pressure on us to identify e-x-a-c-t-l-y what we want do with our lives and to then pursue those goals with no mess ups along the way. According to my parents, I already effed up once. I did a Bachelor at the worlds most prestigious and expensive Hospitality Management university in the world, and once finished I decided I didn’t like hospitality and never wanted to work in the field. I don’t blame them for being concerned about my sense of judgment; at this point I don’t even know if I can trust my decision-making.

I’m not going to lie, this whole situation has really screwed with my mind and it’s been an incredible difficult start to the year for me…I kind of just accepted that for the next two months I’ll be living in fear and just be miserable. Because, how else could I be?

Then, the other day, I saw a quote from Mastin Kipp that really struck me:

"The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with." 

Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable

I could go through life for the next two months completely loosing my shit over all of this. But imagine if I ended up having to leave Australia, and that’s how I chose to spend my last valuable moments? I’d forever regret that. I’ve decided that I need to level up and work through this whole situation. A mindful approach is just what the spiritual doctor ordered. And so, I am trying to become comfortable with the uncertainty. At the end of the day, there is no adventure in certainty amiright.  How boring would it be if our lives were tightly scripted according to a master plan?!

I am allowing myself the patience to marinate on these unsolved questions and to sit in the unknown-ness of it all. I am trying to take small steps, tiny actions that will help me realize that things are easier than the seemed like from a distance. And I am trying to find certainty in sticking to my daily practices – training, eating well, meditating (I’ve been meditating daily which is a breakthrough for me) and staying open-minded and vulnerable in all conversations with Phil, family and friends. It’s a conscious effort I’m making in order to merge my head and my heart, so I can move through this decision more aligned and in tune with my intuition. 

At the end of the day, I just have to trust that all will work out all right. All I can do now is trust my intuition, trust in my relationship with Phil, and trust that we will be just fine no matter what we decide. I’m I’ll be sure to keep you posted on what’s going on. One of my goals for 2019 is to share quick and candid thoughts on my blog, so I hope you enjoy this format of honest mind dumps.

If any of the above is hitting home with you, just know I'm here in it with you too. 

Stef x

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That is, with my eating disorder, of course.

It was a debilitating feeling, knowing that no one else knew that side of me. I wanted to let someone in, but at the same time I couldn’t think of anything worse than someone finding out the truth.

When I finally found someone who I could confide in – and who didn’t seem to care in the slightest that I had “issues” – it changed the way I dealt with my problems. I finally let someone in. That person was Phil.

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The one question I get after "How was it?" is this: "Did it transform your life like everyone said it would?"

In other words, they want to know if I've come back a zen AF yogi that has found enlightenment at the end of the tunnel.

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If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you tell her?

This is what I would say to my younger “eating disorder self”…

Letter to my younger self

Dear Me,

You probably don’t recognize me now. You won’t recognize me for the happy, healthy person that you see before you. I know that you are not in a good place right now, but I just want to let you know that you will get through this. In fact, you won’t only get through this but you will come out of the other side as a better and stronger person.

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I know....

You don’t want to buy that dress or shop for new jeans until you’re at least 5,10, 15, 20+ kilos thinner than you are now.

You imagine this beautiful new wardrobe you’ll buy when you’re skinny and image how fantastic and confident you will feel.

I get it. I used to think the same.

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So, I gained weight.

I know it. My partner knows it. My family knows it. My friends know it. Instagram knows it.

I'm sure I'm not the only one going through this. In fact, maybe you gained some weight recently as well?

There are many reasons why I gained weight; all of which are within my control. On the one hand, I have become less restrictive/obsessive and have truly given up the diet mentality for good. Yay! But on the other hand I have also been super stressed and anxious in recent months and as a result, my emotional eating track record has been through the roof. Nay! But regardless of why, none of these reasons need to be explained or apologized for. It is what it is.

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The answer is....maybe.

Personally, I was absolutely wowed by the course. It was exactly what I was looking for and I loved every minute of it. It changed my life and has allowed me to create this beautiful passion-fuelled life I now live. It has helped me heal myself, connected me with like-minded individuals all around the world and has enabled me to inspire people to live their life to their fullest.

But whether IIN is a good choice for you, depends on YOU and what you’re after. Let’s have a closer look:

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First off, there’s the plethora of parties like the office luncheon and the Secret Santa parties. Then there's the gift baskets full of food everywhere, left-over cake in the office kitchen and your well-meaning grandma who has baked you all your favorite childhood cookies. And there is also a lot of stress, a lot of busyness, a lot of un-self-care.

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Ever since I was about 15 years old, I've had problems with my skin. But what started with the typical teenage-pimpled face got worse and worse over time instead of getting better. 

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Someone recently asked me what the lowest point of my eating disorder was. What was the final straw that made you change? I immediately knew what it was and was catapulted back to that moment. And now I'm going to share it with you.

I already talked in some detail about this here, but I think that a lot of people who are currently struggling with an eating disorder may find some comfort and hopefully inspiration in this part of the story.

At the time, I was doing an internship as a service staff in a hotel in London. I had just moved there three months ago, and even though I enjoyed discovering this new city, I absolutely hated my job.

Putting a compulsive eater into an environment where you are surrounded by readily available food 24/7 and get to secretly eat the leftover pralines at the end of the night is like putting an alcoholic into a bottle shop.

I dreaded going to work every morning and more often than not, would spontaneously call in sick because I just couldn't deal with the food confrontation. I would wake up every morning, promising myself that today would be different. Today would be the day where willpower would succeed and I wouldn't even dare to look at all the tempting food around me at work. I'd have a tiny little breakfast, like 1/2 a kiwi, and hope that it would sustain me throughout the day (it's so crazy when I think back to that now!)  Sometimes I managed to actually not eat anything for the entire shift, but on most days my willpower would eventually fail me and I would eat one praline, then two, then tree and so on. By the end of the shift I would feel so guilty about failing yet again that all I wanted to do was go home and eat some more. I lived on a busy main road in West London, and on my walk home from work I passed an endless amount of fast food restaurants that were open until late at night. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how that story ends...

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At the end of Part 2 of "My Story With an Eating Disorder" I left you on a positive note, it almost sounded like recovery was smooth sailing. But let me tell you: it really wasn't.

I mean, yes, I started understanding what my triggers were and yes, I slowly began opening my eyes to a wholesome diet that left me feeling energised and happy. But consciously understanding the issue and actually reprogramming your subconscious are two very different things.

There was a phase in my recovery where I thought I had understood everything, had left no stone unturned and knew exactly what got me riled up, but somehow, somehow I still couldn't resist the urge to binge once it came up. Once that feeling crept in, there was no way in hell to stop it. I was like a roaring monster that just wanted food, food and more food.

Previously the binging used to happen on autopilot, but now there was a part of me that was somewhat conscious about it. There was this moment before the binge, just a split second, where I knew what I was about to do and why I was about to do it, but then I would still go ahead and do it anyways.