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About John

Andreia’s Living Consciously is about  you living the life you want to live.  Living in alignment with your core beliefs and desires, Living a fulfilled and happy life! Transformation.

Have you ever been stuck in a job you hated? Only then to  take it out on those you love because you needed the money?

Have you ever wondered “What’s the point of it all? Feeling powerless to change anything one thing let alone your entire world.

Have you ever wondered why other people seem so together and going places when the only place you can go is around in circles?

I have Not so long ago I was living the life of an International Executive.  I had a $100,000 plus travel budget at my disposal and could go wherever on the planet I considered the business needed me.

When I was in the air,  I flew  Business or First Class. When I was on the ground it was the Hilton, the Marriott or similar.  I traveled for upwards of 180 days a year. I visited all five continents and over 30 countries and have forgotten how many times I have circumnavigated the globe.  It was not unusual for me to fly around the world taking 21 flights in 21 days visiting 6-7 different countries on 3 continents.  AND I HATED IT!

Living “Unconsciously”

The funny thing is I couldn’t have told you this at the time.  Who wouldn’t love a job like that?  I had aspired to that job,  worked my butt off to get it and was hard out working my butt off to keep it.  It cost me way more than I was prepared to pay but nobody wanted to hear that you hate a job like that!

It cost me my marriage, my relationships with my children and even my sanity as I slid into depression,  riddled with anxiety about my future as my financial fortress crumbled.  Did I even have one of those (a Future) or should I let the kids cash in the life insurance as clearly I was now worth more on the slab than running around.  That’s what I thought anyway.

All I could do was breath and walk…oh and drink,  I was good at that!  Breathe and walk and as it turned out that was all I needed to be able to do to take the first steps back to being me.  To the world I was a hard nosed, driven executive who hit moved and hit again.  Simultaneously inside the real Me was dying because the real me wasn’t that guy! I now know the lack of alignment was the core reason I could not continue to be someone I was not and it had to stop!

When I did stop I found myself in the outer suburbs of Brisbane walking 5 Km a day up and down the dog park whilst my little Italian Greyhound (Piccolo Levriero Italiano), demonstrated what fast meant to the bigger dogs!  I went on a journey of discovery,  a kind of finishing school if you like.  As you will discover nothing in the Living Consciously course is new or unique some of it is truly ancient and ubiquitous.  Much of it I have known for decades and much of it is taught in universities and other places.  The real trick is in  HOW TO DO IT!.  How to live consciously and with the help of my business partner Tanja and my amazing  wife Lucille the “HOW” began to reveal itself to me.

Looking Back The Future Became Clear

Steve Jobs said You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

And this is very true.  Realising this Tanja and I asked ourselves;

“What If we’d known what we know now decades earlier or even when we were teenagers.  What If we were made aware of the power that lies within us?  What difference would that have made in our lives?  What difference could it make in the lives of our children?”

For me that is when Living Consciously was born.

The process of creating this course has been transformational.  I now sleep at night and take on life’s challenges from a new perspective and if that doesn’t work I am learning to change perspective and approach from yet another direction.  I have discovered the power of living from a flexible created context as opposed to content or by default.  I am creating my future now and bringing you Andreia’s Living Consciously as part of that future is in perfect alignment with who I am.

The ancient Greeks revered four key virtues, the one we know the least about is Andreia. As close as possible Andreia translates to Courage.  Andreia related to a soldier’s courage to be in the fight; to put his life on the line not whether he survived or succeeded.  It was the courage to “DO” hence the perfect name for us; Andreia and the by line The Courage to…  My new context is “The Courage to Change and Be Seen so as others might find the Courage to Change.”

Andreia’s Living Consciously will give you the foresight we only realized in hindsight.  It will equip you with a set of tools to that will enable you to Live Consciously; to understand your power to control your external world lies in controlling your internal world.

All you need to do is  COMMIT to change.   Without COMMITMENT nothing changes because there is no ACTION!  Living Consciously will revolutionise your life so long as you LISTEN, COMPLETE and ACT on what you are learning.

Go ahead take the challenge and let me know what happens! We’d love to hear from you…

 

About Tanja

My life has been a journey from self-loathing to self-love and from self -doubt to self-confidence.

I left Australia for Italy at the age of 17.  I am fluent in Italian, a citizen as well but do not overly identify with the culture; for a long time I felt caught between both cultures, belonging to neither. I lived in Italy for one year and decided to return to Australia when I looked around and could only see one other gay person, a retailer whom everyone seemed to jeer at for being gay.

I was raised Catholic of Italian and Irish decent. Once you add gay into the mix and I thought I was going to hell . It would be quite comical if it weren’t true.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Italian language and Culture and Sociology which is where I got my healthy disrespect for the status quo.  When I studied sociology one of the subjects I took was “Deviance Theory” in which prostitutes, criminals and homosexuals were all lumped together in the same box. I was already very self-conscious and that little pearl of wisdom just increased my concern that if people knew I was gay they would shun me.  I befriended only one other person in that course as a way to fly under the radar. Not exactly a typical party animal life of a university student. Even today I still keep a low profile although I am glad to say I am now completely comfortable in my own skin.

I fell into restaurant work whilst at University and then ended up owning my own café and later a restaurant. I had two business partners in the restaurant and that was fraught with all sorts of communication challenges. One day the business partner I was having the most difficulty with came to me and apologised. I was stunned!  It turned out he had participated in the curriculum for living with Landmark Education.  I had to know what had made such a huge change in my business partner so I enrolled myself and later went on to be a Seminar Leader with them. Here I became fascinated with what makes people tick and why some struggle so much whilst others are able to move past their barriers and go on and achieve what they want. I became an avid reader of all things relating to personal development. I have a natural affinity with philosophy, humanity and religion (although I do not consider myself religious).

The next 10 years of my life were about trying to fall pregnant which took 4 years to achieve and then the remaining 6 years I cared for my son Jai. After which I began working as a Behavioural Change Coach  leveraging my Sociology degree and my experience as a Seminar Leader. This is where I met John and due to a confluence of values and a joint commitment to empower ourselves and those around us we find ourselves here pulling threads together, hopefully for many years to come.

The Living Consciously Course From My Perspective

I have been immersed in Personal Development for some 20 years now and I love empowering people. Interestingly one of my clients gave ME my purpose in a coaching session. “I exist to remind people of who they are!” It fitted me perfectly, like a glove in fact and that is what I have lived by ever since.   I found that I could not really own everything that I had been taught to do as an Executive Coach.  I saw my job as empowering people as fast as I could by giving them as much value as I could so that they could get on with it.

I did not want them to “need me”, yet it seemed that part of my role was to make myself “be needed”. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.  I had struggled with being comfortable in my own skin for years and the final thread for me was learning to trust myself. I knew that I had enormous value to give but I just did not own that, at least not as yet,  so hiding in someone else’s organisation was easy. I had come out of the closet years ago but I was still hiding in so many ways. Funny how that only becomes obvious later!

So I had a problem! How do I empower as many people as possible and make this available as cost effectively as possible? Although I am not religious and I do believe that a guiding set of principles, a framework if you like, to keep me on track is invaluable. Then it hit me. I set an intention, which I announced to a good friend of mine and “wrote a course for ME to live by”. That is why John and I both say that writing and living this course has been transformational for us. It has!

Now I haven’t got it all worked out, far from it! I will say this though, I honestly believe that anything is possible. I used to tell people that as a Seminar Leader in truth though I thought it was possible for them and not for me. I now KNOW the only person in my way was ME and I now am committed to getting out of my way very quickly.  I am happy to say that I do that now without hesitation.

I remember being told I had to “Go through the eye of a needle” if I wanted to get to the other side. I was gripped by fear and that did not inspire me one iota. I was encouraged to look at my colleague who had struggled her way to success and emulate her. My reaction to that was a visceral one. “No thanks”.  I am much more motivated by moving towards something positive than moving away from something painful. Her way looked painful!

 

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I just knew that there was another way so I sat down and literally drew together all of the treads that I knew would inspire me.  The word Inspire comes from the Latin which was borrowed from Greek and means “influence or animate with an idea or purpose” Much more my style. Transformation might not be easy but it does not have to be painful. Suffering is optional!

I have set about debunking a hell of a lot of myths. The ones I told myself, and the ones other people told me. I just don’t believe them anymore. It is like I reached into my pocket, found the keys to freedom and let myself out of the proverbial cage. The keys are in your pocket too. We do not have your answers, you do. Andreia is merely the catalyst for you to realise this. If any of this is resonating with you then I encourage you to check out the testimonials page, watch the video below and get a taste of what it might be like to Live Consciously.

Namaste.