Listen to the audio or read below for the transcript. This episode is 8 minutes long.
Happy Tuesday, lovely! I’m Andreea, your host here on The Introvert That Could Podcast. Every episode is a mix of tips on productivity, time management, and how to move forward when you’re stuck, with a sprinkle of motivation and a side of relevant personal stories. I want you to have all the tools and support you need to face the challenges of being an introvert and take action, because without action, there are no results. Let’s dive in!
Welcome to episode 1! This is a mini episode, more of an introduction, because I wanted to take a few minutes and tell you who I am, what I do and how this content can help you, before we dive into the good stuff.
I know you have big dreams, but you also have never ending todo lists, maybe children to take care of, and sometimes life becomes too much to also take care of yourself. There’s not enough time to do all those things you want to do. And when there’s time, you have no energy left. And sometimes you have both time and energy, but other activities sound much more exciting!
And this is why I’m here. To help you get the results you desire.
Talking about results, let me tell you about some of mine. One reason I want to walk you through some of my adventures is that there will be times when you’ll listen to my tips and say “Oh, it’s easy for you to say, but this won’t work for me“. But if you only know my situation now, you’re missing the picture of the bumpy ride I’ve been on.
To be here today, I had to break through many barriers, unfold a lot of limiting beliefs, go against the norm many times, and be proof that some things are possible even if we, as society, learned that they’re not and we don’t even question it.
Here are some of the beliefs I grew up with: you take what you are given, never ask for more, hold tight to everything, work as hard as you can, go to school and only get good grades. Anything else other than an A meant I was an embarrassment to the family. College was a must, and it had to be something like medical school or engineering school to be good enough. I never even had a summer job because it was considered beneath us.
I was always more attracted to creative areas or jobs, but it had to be done. I got into computer science to become a software engineer. At the end of year two, I started working and once I dipped my toes into real life, school became less important. My grades weren’t as great anymore, I failed a few subjects and had to repeat year 4. Meanwhile, I switched jobs and got hired by a big company. I didn’t believe it was possible to do that unless I finished school, so that was the moment when I realized that not everything you think is true is indeed a fact. Hmmm, apparently, people had been lying to me.
And I wanted to aim even higher. I applied for a job in London, for one of the top 5 software corporations, and got it. I quit school because at this point I had a few years of experience and the knowledge already, so I never got my bachelors degree, it didn’t matter anymore. I left the country and finally reached the “free world”.
And I started to question everything I knew to be true. The “work hard” belief started to shake because I had a lot of fun at work! I had freedom, balance, I could take my new puppy into the office and leave at 4 to avoid the rush hour commute, work from home whenever I wanted to, and still made a lot of money! It was the job that showed me what work-life balance means and it showed me what’s possible. There were options out there that I never even thought existed.
To this day, that was my favourite job of my IT career, and I was there for 4 years, until the London office was closed. I was offered to relocate to the US, but I decided to stay here. London was now my home.
During my stay at this company, I also worked on 2 big personal goals: I lost 45 pounds and got into fitness and started my own blog. So when that redundancy happened, I asked myself, maybe it’s time for something else? Can I break through the belief that if you don’t work in IT you’re an embarrassment for the family? Can I break through the belief that some jobs are not real jobs? Can you make money doing something you enjoy doing? Hey, I pay 45 pounds per day for someone to walk my dogs. Anything is possible.
With nothing keeping us in London anymore, my husband and I moved to the countryside. I started Yoga Teacher Training, but at the same time I applied for a job and when they made me an offer, here’s what I did. I asked for what I wanted. You don’t do that back home, you don’t negotiate because they might take it away. Plus, did I mention I’m an introvert? But I did, I asked for the job to be part-time. 4 days a week to start with, and then after a year and a half, I asked for 3 days a week.
So I had time to finish my training, I started teaching Yoga, I learned more about online businesses, I tried and tested lots of things. At some point, I had 3 different part-time jobs at the same time.
The house we were living in was too big for us! But being in the countryside opened our eyes to another possibility… a canal boat. There were many of them around and though we knew them from London, we just didn’t consider one before. I don’t think I was aware people lived on them.
So…we bought a boat. Moved aboard and cruised along the river for 18 months, moving location every 14 days. Explored new places, walked thousands of miles, lived a lot differently, until eventually settled into a marina a few weeks ago to take a break.
Meanwhile, I quit my job and only teach Yoga and manage two online businesses. I did some more training, including life coaching. Because I broke free from the “real job” belief, now I know I can do anything. If I see an ad in a storefront for a position, I think to myself “Yeah, I can totally do that”. Nothing is beneath me anymore, now that I have different values and beliefs.
I could talk about each story for hours and hours, and from different angles, but what I wanted to show you is that our mind is our biggest limitation. The world is full of possibilities and opportunities, you just have to be open to see them. You can achieve anything you want. And I’ll do my best to give you inspiration, motivation and the push you need sometimes to take action.
Life has no rules, but if it did, mine would be these:
- Nothing is impossible unless you think it is
- Question everything
- Everything is a choice
- There are no bad decisions
- If you have the dream, you have what it takes to achieve it
This was it for this episode, but if you want to continue the conversation, I’d love to hear from you! Comment here or find me on Facebook and Instagram. But the best thing you can do is sign up for the Life Lesson Letter, the weekly email I send out every Thursday with new content and insider-only freebies and details. Sign up now and you’ll get instant access to all available goodies, including the latest PDF “From overwhelm to taking action: 6 steps to find more time in your day, declutter your to-do list and get things done“. Just go to coachmeamazing.com/lifelessonletter
Thanks so much for being here and I’ll catch you on the next one! Have an amazing day!