In 2016 I was badly burnt out and struggling to figure out what I was going to do moving forward. I knew it was a complete change from what I had been doing for the last few years. Much as I love the people and the purpose that comes from working in the Community Sector, it was no longer a space where I felt I could even breathe anymore. That is what burn out is, and if you don’t attend to it things only get worse.
I took a short-term contract in the training sector, because I do have skills and qualifications that are suitable for this. However, it was too soon and my batteries were still very flat. I could not work at the level required at that time. A kick start got me going for the day, but it didn’t keep me going.
From these experiences it was evident that I needed to take a much longer break, and really rebuild myself. My heart was missing my children and my mother who were all living in another State nearly 4,000 kilometres away. It was time to move “home”. However, there was no ‘home’ as such to go to. I had been away nearly a decade.
My very dear friend Christyne was also listening with her heart. Even though we had not had a lot of contact due to busy lives, we had a friendship that stayed true through all the changes and years between. The fact that I had remained deeply loved and valued as a friend became very evident when -out of the blue – Christyne offered me a place to stay with her and her hubby. It was very matter of fact: ‘we think you need to come home’. So the plans were made and home I came.
For the first four months I was good for nothing. Chronic asthma, fatigue and a fuzzy brain overwhelmed me. I was given space to heal and come to my own strength. I was reminded of the good things we had done together, and of the positive connections we had made with our respective family members. I was allowed to be my own person, my boundaries were respected, and my presence was welcomed. Honest and authentic conversations were ordinary daily events and these were as healing as any medicinal care that I had to take.
My recovery focused on simple strategies for living, eating healthy meals, walking regularly, being mindful and meditating, allowing myself creative space, engaging with others in healthy ways, and of course, looking after my family relationships.
From this experience, shared with Christyne and Tony, a new direction evolved. We decided to embark on a new direction together, and we have called it KiS4 Life: Keeping it Simple 4 Life. Bringing together our combined learning around mindfulness and wellbeing, we have created a platform for exploring ways of living better through different modalities. There is something for everyone here.
As each program is developed and rolled out we hope that you will find the experiences as rewarding as we have.
Peace, Light and Love