How did I get here?

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Balinese GeneshaLast year when I was volunteering in Bali I received an email from my very good friend Andrea who told me she had enrolled in an online website design course and sent me the link in case I was interested.  At that particular point in time, with everything that was going on for me personally as well as the very unreliable internet connections in Bali I decided I just wasn’t in the right ‘space’ to be able to do it with her.  However, it stayed in the back of my mind as a little shining light until I was ‘ready’.

Fast forward a few months and my focus shifted to doing a TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), mainly so I had some better idea of what the hell I was doing (lol) and also so I could give better instruction and learning to the children.

With that in mind, I landed back in New Zealand, right before Christmas.  I was searching on the net looking for the TESOL course I wanted to do, when I got another email from Andrea saying that there was one more website design course coming up in January and it was the last one for an unknown period of time as Serena (the course director) was heading away travelling.

You know what it’s like, when you have two or three things you REALLY want to do and they all seem to clash with each other and you can’t decide which is the priority…well I had that dilemma.  I had my mind set on doing the TESOL so I could have it done before I went back to Bali in July this year and now I had this one last opportunity to do the website course as well – yikes!!  I was also looking for work and trying to think how on earth I could fit it ALL in.  Overwhelm and “analysis paralysis” set in, you know, where you go over everything in your head ten thousand times and end up going in circles – that’s “analysis paralysis”.  You end up going nowhere! (Serena talks about this in her fantastic book “How to Retire in 12 Months – turning passion into profit”).

So, I had to make a decision – now.  I decided on doing the website course and putting the TESOL on hold until afterwards.  I was very impressed with Andrea’s website and what she has achieved in a very short space of time.

It was also something I’d ‘put out there’ a long time ago about creating a web presence of some sort but I just didn’t know the when, how or what. 

So, the when ended up being now, the how is what I’m learning over nine fantastic weeks and the what is SoulCuisine!!  And guess what?  I’m LOVING it  (apart from a few hair pulling moments as I blindly try and find my way around the ‘back end’ of my site!)  Serena is a wonderful teacher.  We get ‘homework’ to do each week, so we are actually building a fully functioning website as we go, not just doing a course and then doing nothing with it afterwards as is the usual case (with me anyway).  We have a great bunch of eclectic, inspiring people, all creating websites and sharing.  I can’t wait to see what we have all created at the end of the nine week course!   Watch this space as I’ll be including some of them on my site in the coming weeks.

“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

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  1. Hi Paula, I love your site. Thanks for mentioning my website too…you are on a great path.
    🙂 x Andrea

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