Joy

The richness of travel, art and culture with Olympian Peter Van Miltenburg.

The richness of travel, art and culture with Olympian Peter Van Miltenburg.

My very special guest on TWM Podcast today is one of my Coaches mentor and life long friend, Peter Van Miltenburg. Peter is a former Australian sprinter who specialised in the 200 metres. In 1984 he was the Australian 200 metre champion. He also went to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he competed in the 100/200 metres.

Gabrielle Nancarrow - Bringing women together as a birth doula after living in the fast paced New York.

Gabrielle Nancarrow - Bringing women together as a birth doula after living in the fast paced New York.

Gabrielle is a mum of two little girls and a birth doula. She grew up in Anglesea on Victoria’s Surf Coast and has lived in New York, Paris and Buenos Aires. She is currently back in Melbourne with her family and is close to launching a women’s space in the inner-west called Gather. Gather will be a place for women to come together and connect through the sharing of stories, thoughts and experiences. Gabrielle’s intention for the space is to bring connection back to a personal level and to provide a supportive place for women to come together free of judgement. She is passionate about speaking our truths, sharing our stories and celebrating honest motherhood.

Travis Barton - Bartending in California to travel, adventure and life coaching as a global citizen.

Travis Barton - Bartending in California to travel, adventure and life coaching as a global citizen.

Travis Barton is an expert at taking people who want to be extraordinary to epic new heights, through what he calls, adventurous coaching for extraordinary people. Travis has personally worked with a variety of people one on one, from executives and CEO's, to athletes and actors, to other coaches and entrepreneurs, supporting and challenging them in a powerful space to move passionately toward their dreams and goals, holding them at their highest self, creating space for real life changing magic to happen.

Sora Surya No - Travelling intentionally, uncovering rituals and leading sacred circles.

Sora Surya No - Travelling intentionally, uncovering rituals and leading sacred circles.

Sora Surya No is a sacred space holder, strategy alchemist, transformative business coach, international retreat leader, inspirational speaker, fire igniter, heart whisperer, and world traveler. She works with sovereign awakened women entrepreneurs to incorporate the art of feeling sacred into their business through rituals, ceremonies, and the divine feminine. Sora loves to sit in ceremony with sisters and share the art of holding circle. She leads women through powerful experiences in her mastermind, on retreats, and from the stage. Sora blends real world experience with mystical transformation, ritualistic practices, inner reflection, and deepening community to help soulful feminine leaders create great impact while priestessing their life. She is a believer of sisterhood and living a life that is wild, free, and calm. You can find out more about Sora and her work at www.sorasuryano.com.

Jo Parker - Shaping her life during 12 months in Denmark.

Finding freedom and purpose in her life at sixteen years old whilst on Rotary exchange.

About Jo

Johanna Parker is a heart-centred life, confidence and public speaking coach, international speaker and MC, life coach trainer, authenticity-advocate, travel junkie and founder of her personal empowerment business, Heart Sparks. 

Hailed by Women’s Fitness Magazine as a ‘positivity expert’, over the past ten years she has empowered thousands of young people and adults across not-for-profit, local government, education and community settings to become more connected to themselves, to confidently embrace their uniqueness, to bravely honour their voice and to build incredible, purposeful lives all over the world.

She is an avid traveller who caught the travel bug at a very young age and successfully built an location-independent business that nurtures her love of wandering while still allowing her to call Australia home.

I just kept showing up and really threw myself into learning the language and connect with people.
— Jo Parker

When coming home...

  • Emotions Jo faced - Resisted thinking about returning home. Looming expiry date of trip. Jo felt displaced, alone, misunderstood, sad and confused for 9-12 months after returning home.
  • What had changed - Felt like the world had stopped. Everything had changed but Jo felt grateful for the experience. 
  • How Jo supported herself - Aligned with anything that connected with who she really was. Maintaining relationships in Denmark, talking to those who were excited about her travels. When she was feeling sad, she gave herself space to process the feelings.
  • 3 Lessons learned from travel and reverse culture shock
  1. Reverse culture shock is a real thing, its a natural part of travel so take the pressure off.
  2. Home is on the inside, home is wherever you are.
  3. The relationship that you have with yourself is paramount.
  • Advise to herself for returning home - Everything will be ok, you can always choose to do something different and you have the power and the control to change things.

Jos tips for dealing with Reverse Culture shock.

  • Recognise what it looks like feels like sounds like.
  • Take the pressure off.
  • Find people who you relate too.
  • Be willing to speak up if you are struggling.
  • Follow 'sparks' of what feels interesting.
  • Know that if you return to where you travel.
Denmark taught me that I wanted to work with people and that I loved working with and meeting new people.
— Jo Parker

Links

Website: www.heartsparks.com.au

Jos Instagram: @heart_sparks

Facebook: HeartSparksbyJo

I make space for adventure...in whatever form that looks like.
— Jo Parker

Cover and above photos: Eyes of Love Photography

Andrea Lewtas - Living in joy and helping others through holistic health.

Andrea Lewtas - Living in joy and helping others through holistic health.

Andrea is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga teacher and avid traveler. She is truly passionate about Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, travel and life in general!In 2016 she founded Ananda Ayurvedic Wellness, here it is her aim to help people overcome their health issues and enable them to live their life to the fullest potential.