Tribe Talk started as a way to share the journeys and wisdom of women. To remind us that we both have the support of others in this world and that we are never alone. These journeys come in the form of business ventures, travels, family & tribe stories. They are a sharing of our dreams and goals, putting it out there for the Universe to hear. And these stories are a celebration of our similarities and differences, of our collective energies and leaps of faith.
I came across Kerri Ann through a mutual facebook group. Her story, I knew, would resonate with many. It is often a common thread among women entrepreneurs. An unhealthy home situation plus the need to provide stability, care and love for one’s children, while still working to earn money to provide those needs. Thank you, Kerri Ann for sharing your journey with us…
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m solo mama to two gorgeous little people – Daina, nine and Jasper, six. For the last almost 12 years I have been running K Events, which specialises in professional development training for psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals. In my free time, I write or weave or paint or run or box. I am very passionate about writing and learning and I’m currently studying journal writing. By nature, I am intuitive and I strongly rely on my intuition and I do my best to make decisions based on love and kindness.
What was the moment that made you decide to stop living life the way you were and start chasing your dreams?
Up until about four years ago, my children and I had been living in a very unhealthy home situation. I knew I had to make changes as I did not want my children seeing and thinking that how we were living was acceptable. In a moment of calm amidst the chaos, I could foresee the life we would have five years from then. It wasn’t the life I wanted. So it was that moment that clarified for me that I really needed to make significant changes so that we could live a life I envisioned for the three of us.
How would you describe your typical day? How does it differ from how your life used to be?
My typical day…what is that? I don’t know that I have a typical day. We have rhythms in our days, our weeks and routines that work for the three of us. As my children are both now school-aged, our days and weeks revolve around those related activities. Whilst they are at school, I’ll work and some days I’ll go for a run. The evenings are filled with more rituals and routines which might include mandala drawing and colouring or meditation. My absolute favourite part of the day is reading stories with my children, snuggling close and hearing about their day. The life we are now living more fully and richly reflects who I am, who my children are and how we want to be and live. Our lives are much calmer and more at ease than before the change.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
As a child, I remember reading a poster that my dad had at his place. It was the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.
These words have stayed with me for over 30 years and I often think about my life, the choices and decisions I make in light of those words.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far on your journey?
There have been many big and important lessons along my journey. Perhaps the biggest lesson has been learning to truly embody the intensity of my heart and love, my phenomenal emotional strength, courage, knowledge and inner wisdom fully. For too long, I had to hide these qualities of myself. By deeply embodying these aspects of myself I am now living a life that is authentically beautifully imperfect.
Have you always had a tribe? If not, what made you change from going it solo to connecting with your tribe?
I have never really had a tribe, yet there is a deep sense of longing to find a tribe. Many of my life circumstances have precluded a tribe – moving frequently and crisscrossing the Eastern states of Australia. Connecting with others in a heart centre, soul fuelled intuitive way is deeply important yet still unrealised aspiration of mine. Over the last couple of years, I have made a few really lovely connections online, and I look forward to meeting them face to face one day!
What’s important for you in your tribe?
Talking, or should that be writing, from a purely personal perspective there are a number of characteristics and traits that members of my tribe would have. They include kindness, compassion – both to others and to themselves, generous hearts, intelligence and the ability to be playful!