'There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.' Louis L'Amour from Italian Joy by Carla Coulson
I’m a multi passionate success coach for creative entrepreneurs who has had her fair share of transformation.
I spent my twenties starting a business with my best friend which became successful, we turned over more than $1,000,000 before my 30th birthday but as the years passed I realized the money didn’t count without the things that were important to me. I was missing love, personal reward, adventure, community and feeling passionate about what I do every day.
After years of frustration but not having the skills or know how at the time to transform it, I resisted doing anything about it and day by day my life become smaller and smaller and I became more emotionally shutdown.
Till the one fateful day when life gave me a choice. Just prior to Christmas 1999 my local Thai Take-away awarded me client of the year (yes I had eaten more take-away than anyone in Darlinghurst). A meltdown of tsunami proportions ensued in the following hours and I could see my life at 60 if I didn’t do something about it.
That day I made a decision to go out and find the right life for me. I hopped on a plane weeks later and headed to Italy. And boy, did I find the right life for me. I studied and became a photographer in Italy and then Paris, all the emotions I had bottled up inside for years came pouring out in my photos, the empathy I felt so strongly for people was now a powerful tool and it lead me to everything I needed in life, reward, joy, success, love and my tribe.
I have had the great fortune to work for some of the world’s best magazines and published 3 books of my own and 5 more collaborating with other authors but real success for me was finding my love, my tribe, making travel part of my life and doing something I love every day. You can check out my photography website HERE
I realised that once you have clarity, like I had in Italy and about photography, you can make mountains move and dreams come true. I took many of the business principles from my successful business and applied them to photography but I was unwilling to take it the whole way because of a ‘belief’ I unknowingly had as a hangover from my old life.
My mother’s mantra was that ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ and this actually came true for me in my old business. I was too fearful of growing and expanding my photography business because of the fear of losing all the wonderful things that had come to me. So I played it small for as long as I could, making a success of it in my own way but doing it all on my own. I didn’t realize I was jeopardising my health and nervous system which was falling apart one day at a time.
Enter my second life changing event, 3 auto-immunes. I went through what anyone else goes through when they have a health scare, many visits to the doctors and a lot of fear. I chose to ask questions and ended up at a naturopath that I believed in. I changed my diet, the way I lived, worked and stressed and came out the other side grateful and wanting to share what I had learnt about change with others.
When I came out the other side almost a year later I realized that I needed to make changes in my business to support a healthier way of living and boom like magic my business began to grow and grow.
Becoming a photographer and the journey I have been on taught me that when you tap into who you really are, what you really want and what your values are, everything else becomes easy.
I am just as excited about my 3rd transformation as I was about my first.
All the passion, love and excitement I have had the chance to live is channeled into helping others realize their dreams, desires and successes.
So that I could pass on my knowledge and assist others I became a certified life coaching and completed the ICF (International Coaching Federation) certificate to help people just like me find the perfect life for them.
'The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.' E. E. Cummings
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