Each month we get comfy on the Flow Couch with someone passionate about their work, to find out what living their life in flow means to them. These people are our ‘everyday leaders’, and they’re here to share their secrets to doing business in flow, living with purpose and making money from following their passions.
This month it’s the turn of Lesley Carter to sit with us on the Flow Couch. She’s a wonderfully empowering woman and the owner/editor of Bucket List Publications, a travel and adventure blog that portrays the beauty and limitless possibilities of this world. She says this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt; “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences” describes her goals in life, perfectly. We say this amazing mum is a brilliant example of a life lived in flow.
1) Please introduce yourself and give a summary of what you do?
Traveling and adventure have encompassed my life; from white-water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, piloting a biplane, a helicopter, a fighter jet, and a jetpack, dog sledding, swimming with sharks, whales, manta rays, and sting rays, base jumping, kayaking, surfing, rappelling, and caving, I’ve tried every bucket list item I could imagine. Rock climbing and a trapeze act were even part of my wedding day in Jamaica. I’ve been to 55 countries and I envision 100 more.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advanced English and History, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education, a Masters in Literacy, 8 years of teaching, and a vast imagination, I decided to put my writing and editing skills to the test. Bucket List Publications is the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true.
2) What is it you love most about what you do?
I dream about the most unrealistic, crazy travel adventures that are possible and I find a way to make them a reality. If that’s not insane enough, I’ve made it a lucrative career.
3) Do you believe it’s possible to follow your passions and still earn enough money to live well?
I believe it’s only possible to live well if you follow your passions. What’s endless amounts of money, if you have no time to spend it? What’s infinite financial wealth if you aren’t living your dreams? Find what you love and make it your career. You’ll never be richer.
4) How did you get to where you are now? Did you experience a pivotal moment that led you to doing more of what you love at work?
I was a high school teacher living in New Brunswick, Canada and my husband said to me one evening, “If you could have any job in the world what would it be? If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?” It took less than a month from that moment for us to quit our jobs, sell all of our possessions, and move to Southern California. That’s when I started blogging full time and I made it my career. It all may sound impossible but we weren’t in the ideal situation and it didn’t fall into our laps. We made our dream life a reality.
When I graduated from university, I owed more than $60,000 in student loan and I worked two or even three jobs at one time to pay it off. I lived in one of the most remote, northern parts of Canada to gain experience and pay my debts. International travel was restricted to the summers because I was working full time. I did take the summers, though, to volunteer, teach, and work in others countries. I learned that travel was as much a part of my life as family and friends.
Most people don’t know this about me, but this is my second marriage. I married young and while my ex-husband is a wonderful person who deserves all the happiness in the world, we were not right for each other. After spending a decade together, we finally separated and it was at that moment that I decided living a “regular” life was not for me. Being ok with the ordinary was no longer acceptable. It was then that I realised that the more unrealistic I am with my dreams and goals, the more I’m able to achieve.
When I met Darren, my husband, I saw life with new eyes. We decided what was important in our lives and found ways to make it happen. We don’t spend money on the typical things that eat up a large part of an income. We rarely buy new clothes and when we do, it’s usually second-hand. An evening of entertainment is a movie at home, homemade popcorn, and if we really splurge – McDonalds. I don’t wear make-up and I even cut my own hair. We could easily go an entire week without spending a cent. We do this because those things are not important to us; what is important is travel and adventure so we put our money toward the things that make our life full.
We are constantly re-evaluating or dreams and goals and applying that new knowledge to our daily life.
5) What is your personal ‘golden nugget’ piece of advice you can give to others looking to follow their passions at work?
Don’t make excuses! Don’t wait! Decide what is most important in your life and make it a reality. The more unrealistic we are with our dreams and goals, the more we are able to achieve.
Website – www.bucketlistpublications.com
Website – wwww.lesleycarter.wordpress.com
Twitter – @LesleyMCarter