We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit
the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

Hey! I’m Sharleen.

I barely recognise myself these days.  For years I lived frustrated, stuck in bad habits, and struggling with toxic mindsets.  I’d faded into the background of my own life because it felt safer than putting myself out there and risking failure. I felt lost and aimless, unfulfilled.  Perhaps you can relate?

I was nearly 40 when I set out in search of answers, but my healing began when I realised my answers were part of the problem.  Turned out, much of what I believed, about me, life, everything, wasn’t actually true. My struggles were rooted in lies about my worth and my purpose.  

I feel like I’ve been through something of a metamorphosis in the years since –  I’m referring to the gooey, messy bit in the chrysalis where you’re still you, but you feel inside out and everything you thought was solid has shifted.  But it was worth it to face the lies that kept me small, and uncover truth that has set me free.  I discovered I was powerful to change my mind. 

So I feel like I know less now, but more of it is true.  Free from the lies that poisoned my thinking, I’m increasingly comfortable in my own skin. I’m at peace in my mind, imagine what that’s like!  A surprising discovery along the way has been the power of creativity and imagination.  I used to think I wasn’t creative, but I’m convinced now that creative expression holds untapped potential in each of us.

And so here you find me,  an introvert and life long backgrounder, finally finding my voice, my purpose and my joy.  Maybe I can help you do the same.

A little more about me…

I love words in all forms – songs, poems, books, quotes and, especially, great conversations.  I love gardening, particularly growing vegetables. Taking my camera for a walk is one of my favourite pastimes, and I love to write and paint and create, indiscriminately.  I’ve been married to Kurt over half my life. We have no kids, and have recently returned home to New Zealand after nearly 20 years living a rather unconventional existence working all over the world.


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