One year ago today, in a cosy nearby café, I sat opposite my love. Hands shaking, head spinning with a thousand different thoughts, spine tingling with excitement…
Could we really do this?
“Yes”, he said confidently, taking my hands in his.
The next morning we both handed in our resignations.
We said goodbye to the corporate world – to ‘stable’ jobs, long-term careers, and ‘guaranteed’ incomes.
And said hello to a life of uncertainty – to a scary but oh-so exciting new beginning, a chance to follow our dreams and find out what we’re really made of.
It simultaneously feels like an eternity and no time at all. It’s been one wild ride, baby! Since that fateful day, it feels like we’ve achieved so much…
Held our first Live Events
Talk about throwing ourselves in the deep end! We were so incredibly nervous to hold our very first Perth ‘Spring into Wellness’ Yoga Event on the very first day after we finished at our old careers, but it was so much fun getting to meet so many beautiful souls in person.
A month later when we headed to visit friends in Sydney, we quickly organised a (sold-out) Sydney Raw Chocolate Workshop that had me on a high for days (and not just from the cacao!).
Moved into our new On-Line Homes
Vegan Sparkles received a beautiful redesign thanks to Dom’s graphic design and IT talents. And Dom’s graphic design biz and portfolio got a stylish home of its very own.
Mod by Dom continues to grow and thrive more than we ever could have imagined, thanks to referral after referral, and for that we’re so incredibly grateful.
With my love of writing and Dom’s talent for graphic design, it was a joy to co-create and launch three new eBooks into the world, including two free gifts for you (The Sparkle Experiment and How to Create a Biz You Love) and a labour of love (Eating for Energy).
Fell More in Love with IIN
In December I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and 6 months later, from their follow-up Immersion course. I’m not shy about sharing that IIN changed my life and I’m so honoured to now be a proud Ambassador for the school (click here to email me if you’re interested in learning more about the Ambassador tuition savings offers, gorgeous).
Even more exciting was being hired by IIN to provide biz coaching & mentoring to more than 80 of their Australian & NZ students. Every single week it lights my heart on fire to hear the enthusiasm and passion from these guys for their studies and their unfolding adventures. So blessed.
Launched a YouTube Channel
Dom mastered his video editing skills, I overcame my fear of appearing on video (ha! any day now…), and we began a Vegan Sparkles TV YouTube Channel.
We’re super excited to create a heap of new videos for you over the coming year. If you have any topics that you’d like me to cover, just shoot me an email, gorgeous. I’d love to help.
Launched The Sparkle Project
By now I’m sure you’re well aware that I’m super passionate about helping women get their sparkle back and create a life they love. In addition to my beautiful one-on-one coaching clients, seeing dozens of incredible women do just that in The Sparkle Project fills my heart to overflowing.
In June we moved The Sparkle Project to a shiny new Membership Site so that our gorgeous members could have 24/7, lifetime access to the materials. We’re constantly updating the oodles of resources to ensure they deliver maximum results for our Sparklers.
Shared the Love
Over the past year, I’m so incredibly grateful and honoured to have been featured on over 50 online and print publications, most recently as one of Perth’s leading health experts in The Sunday Times Magazine article: Perth Health-Preneurs Leading the Charge.
I guest posted on (my girl-crush) Kris Carr’s site, partnered with Animal Place Sanctuary to provide vegan recipes for their subscribers, filmed a cooking show for The Body Love Revolution, participated in a Body-Love Blog Tour, wrote my first freelance (paid) writing piece (5 of Perth’s Best Healthy Date Spots for eHarmony – so cute! ), and my guest article recipes on MindBodyGreen have been shared more than 20,000 times. Incredible.
We also formed beautiful new friendships with other bloggers and creatives. Friendships that have enriched our lives so much.
Best of all, we grew an incredible community of more than 12,000 beautiful subscribers and social media fans. Mind blowing.
The emails, love and support we receive from you guys spurs us ever-forward, inspiring all-new ideas and resources we hope will help you to reach your dreams.
Lessons We’ve Learnt
The biggest lesson we’ve learnt over the past year? Find your passion, follow your heart, and show up every single day to do the work. It’s not always glamorous or exciting (most days it’s far from it), it might involve more work than you’ve ever done in your life, but it will also be the most rewarding, humbling and fulfilling endeavour you ever undertake.
A leap of faith like this pushes you to grow in ways you could never have imagined. We’re constantly striving to be, learn and give more. We’ve discovered more about ourselves and relationships in this past year than ever before (in addition to the internal growth required to live and work with your partner 24/7, ha!).
There have been tears of frustration and tears of overflowing joy. It’s been all-at-once insanely confronting, maddening, thrilling and awe-inspiring.
From our hearts to yours, THANK YOU for joining us on this crazy life journey. We wish you all the health and happiness in the world, beautiful. We love you and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us all next. xx