I came across Katie online and instantly had a mega girl crush. This gorgeous woman radiates energy, love and positivity. Reading her daily, soulful wisdom feels like being wrapped up in a big, comforting virtual hug. Even her About Me gives me warm fuzzies.
Her words are beautiful, relatable, heartfelt and honest. Even Katie’s email signature radiates her passion and makes me smile ‘Live WILD. Be BRAVE. Live TRUE’. If you ever need a little boost of energy or motivation, just read some of her 365 days of awesome.
As a qualified Wellness Coach and Fitness Specialist who has traveled the world, she helps women see they have the potential to be anything they want to be. It is at the core of her being to guide and support other females during break through moments, so they too can live their most brightest, wild life. Some even call her a ‘motivational realist’ and ‘positivity junkie’. Whatever you know her as, Katie Dean is one gorgeous, generous and multi-talented lady.
A very warm welcome, Katie.
Let’s go back to the beginning. What was your motivation to start Your Wild Life?
I started Your Wild Life because it was what I once needed, and couldn’t find. I am a super visual person and love having little reminders around my home and throughout my life that keep me focused and present.
Little quotes and beautiful images that make me feel something.
I thought how fabulous it would be to have a place that I could collect all of these things and share them with others who are vibe-ing on the same thing. The desire to help people live their most positive life is something that drives me, I think it’s ingrained… ha, and just like that, Your Wild Life (YWL) was born.
What was the most challenging part about starting?
Starting for me was easy. I am a ‘grab life by the ping pongs’ kinda gal, but what I do struggle with occasionally is the roadblocks I put up for myself. We all have a little self-doubt at times right? I wondered if anyone is reading what I’m writing, if it’s accepted and if it’s of value.
I had to become aware of what I was doing, sit with it and then overcome it. Self sabotage at its finest! When we recognise these busted thoughts, we can use them to be the foundations we build our castle on. HOORAH!!
What are three of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt since starting your own business?
1. JUST JUMP! Say yes, and figure it out afterwards.
2. Believe in yourself. Be your biggest supporter and believe in your message. You have something to offer that no one else does. That’s your YOU’NESS.
3. Don’t quit your DAY DREAM. If it scares you, it’s worth it. The beauty of life is located just outside your comfort zone. Keep taking tiny little steps each day to get you where you want to be. Never lose sight of the GOAL.
The beauty of life is located just outside your comfort zone. Keep taking tiny little steps each day to get you where you want to be. Never lose sight of the GOAL.
Who inspires you and why?
My mother inspires me daily. She is the most selfless woman I have ever met. It hasn’t been until I have had my baby that I realised just how amazing in every sense of the word that she is. The woman can do anything and supports our family in so many ways.
She is always looking on the bright side and she is faster then a speeding bullet if I need her, she can fix anything with her words and a hug can heal all breaks, be that of spirit or heart. She is one of a kind and I truly appreciate her.
My dad is just as wonderful, but let’s shine a light on my mumma today.
What has been key for growing your business?
Putting myself out there. Taking a chance. Sometimes, it’s a simple call to action that has resulted in the best steps forward. I need to connect with my readers and my clients. I want to get to know who they are and what drives them.
I need to be authentic in everything I do, so if I speak my truth and speak from the heart it all works.
Believe in yourself. Be your biggest supporter and believe in your message. You have something to offer that no one else does. That’s your YOU’NESS.
Describe your major highlight since starting Your Wild Life. What made it personally rewarding?
Every break through moment from a client or myself puts me on a high I can’t even explain. It’s the best feeling in the world. To know that you have actually helped someone FEEL better and improve their days… Can’t beat it.
Starting a new venture can be equally exciting and scary. How do you overcome personal fear and overwhelm?
Take one small step every day. I am a sucker for LISTS. I write in my diary what I plan to do each week and I spread it out. I don’t over extend myself anymore either. I only schedule what’s possible to achieve in one day around what else I have to do, and then I focus. I find that if it’s not on paper I make everything bigger then it has to be.
Focusing on one step at a time keeps everything manageable and keeps me from being wildly erratic. This meme is definitely not lost on me:
What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business and create a career out of what they love doing?
Life is too short to be anything but totally jazzed. If you have a passion, an idea, and it makes you come alive, then it’s worth pursuing. You don’t have to have all the answers now, but DO SOMETHING. I am a huge fan of vision boards. Get those ideas up where you can see them and keep working towards your goal.
What does living A Life Less Beige mean to you?
It means taking chances, speaking my mind and TRAVEL.
It means being okay with standing out.
It means never staying still for long.
It means living my truth and spreading light.
It means laughter, happiness and silliness.
It means being around those that help my being, and that means lots of squishy cuddles with my fam bam.
If you have a passion, an idea, and it makes you come alive, then it’s worth pursuing. You don’t have to have all the answers now, but DO SOMETHING.
Quick fire questions: Newcastle, Australia
1. Best breakfast/brunch spot: Tallulah at The Junction. Divine servings of REAL food, and fabulous people watching. They do an AMAZING gluten free muesli.
2. Favourite place for coffee: 3 Monkeys in Darby Street, Newcastle. They do a coffee BOWL, and it has dark chocolate shavings on the top and it’s pretty much as good as it gets!
3. Best local activity off the tourist trail: Newcastle Farmers Markets on a Sunday at Newcastle Showground. I LOVE it there. Best produce, fantastic energy, and there is a Green smoothie there that rocks my world!
4. When you’re not busy working, you can be found: At the moment I am with my fabulous tiny human Archer. This boy is the most amazing addition to my life. He is my sun, my moon and my stars, and I’m so glad he chose us to be his parents.
5. Favourite travel destination: TOUGH CALL!
I find something magical about every place I go. I love the energy in New York. I love the culture and surrounds of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I love the tropics in Kauai, the mystery and romance of Paris and the picturesque EVERYTHING about Portofino in Italy.
I could never decide… I have severe WANDERLUST. This soul was always meant to travel.
And finally, where do you see Your Wild Life in five years time?
Hmmmm. GOOD QUESTION. I want to reach more clients. I want to inspire people and help them achieve their dreams. I want to fight more fears.
I hope our Your Wild Life tribe grows and I hope we are happy. All I know is it’s important for me to follow this calling and I’m super excited to see where it leads.
Isn’t Katie LOVELY?! What did you take away from her advice? Leave some love for Katie in the comments, then head over to read more from Katie Dean, Your Wild Life.
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