I am a certified, accredited, and credentialed life coach. In fact, as at November 2016, I am only 1 of 4 coaches in Tasmania, who have achieved this level of coaching qualifications (information provided by the International Coaching Federation ICF). What does this mean? In short, once I attended and successfully completed my accredited studies with the International Coach Academy (ICA), I then went further and sought coaching credentials from the International Coach Federation. This process meant I had to further demonstrate my coaching skills once I completed a fully accredited and acknowledged course of study.

Many coaches don't undertake basic training via certification. Fewer coaches than that, don't get accredited via a recognised coaching school with hundreds of hours of study required to attain accreditation. Less coaches even still, do not seek to be credentialed by a recognised coaching body.

I have chosen to do all of the above. This is also enhanced by my ongoing learning. In short, I have taken the time to ensure I am trained as a coach to an elite level (evidenced by my accreditation in an advanced coaching program with ICA).

I am also a former long term public servant, a sometimes government contractor, qualified community services (Associate Diploma of Social Science) worker, writer, blogger, online entrepreneur, and a handy gardener and painter as well – amongst many other things I seem to find myself doing in my life.

In the last several years inparticular, I have radically, deliberately, and strategically, changed the way I live and the way I approach my life.

At the end of 2014 I decided to leave a wonderful workplace and career in the Tasmanian Government in the Department of Treasury and Finance. After more than 10 years working in the Liquor and Gaming Branch in both the Operations and the Compliance teams in Hobart, I decided that I needed to change up a few things in my life (one of the catalysts for that decision being a bowel operation in 2014 – reminding me that I wasn’t quite as bullet proof as I thought I was..) as I approached the age of fifty.

It was much more than that though, as I genuinely wanted to break new ground, and experience new ways of being in, and seeing the world. Conventional living, as wonderful and comfortable as it is, can be stifling and repetitive at times. The need for safety and security, although important, can paralyse us from taking risks or truly living our lives. And living life means taking risks…as I continue to find out.

Despite the fact that I would be experiencing different ways of living without the security or the certainty that goes with it, I knew that this change was much more aligned to my values and aspirations, and a wonderful way to further develop my spirituality, life coaching, and my writing.

For someone as relatively free spirited, and as free thinking as I am, I simply needed to experience more and test myself in new ways. Prior to this change, I was comfortable but restless. The simple fact was that following the well worn path of career, was not ticking all the boxes for me, at least at that point in my life. In short, I wanted to further develop my intuition and instinct, and to create new pathways of living and experiencing the world – spoken perhaps like a true coach! But then by my own admission, I don’t like to define myself too much with any label/s too tightly – labels change..and so do I.

[To put the above (and me) into a little more context perhaps, I value IQ, I really value EQ – and then there is SQ. For me SQ is the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is what drives me on a deeper level. That said, I don’t like any intelligence measure/s or numbers associated to people – they are limiting.]

Throughout the following year (2015) I decided to travel throughout the UK doing Workaway (similar to Woofing – see my ‘Travel Testimonials’ on the Testimonials drop down menu to read about it) in Ireland, Wales and England.

Craig UK 2015

I was also fortunate enough to spend several months in the beautiful Isles of Scilly during this time doing both Workaway and working on the other side of the bar (my previous role in Treasury had been working for 10 years as a Liquor and Gaming Compliance Inspector where I audited licensees and directed proceedings in front of the bar). An interesting and valuable experience.

I returned to Hobart Tasmania for Christmas 2015 with an open mind to what was next for me. My intent and vision to keep creating new ways of living and to continue trusting in life….without floaties so to speak, meant that I needed to keep open to opportunities – and importantly, to create them. In simple terms, I continued living my free range lifestyle fully self funded and independent of, and from, structured secure day to day employment, and the safety net.  I then created my house sitting business, and further developed my coaching to also include live in one on one coaching experiences.

One of my mantras in life is to keep open to possibilities….and never say never. Life changes – and so do I. It is reassuring and life affirming, to have a number of gears and approaches to work from.

Life certainly has changed dramatically for me since making the decision to transition to new ways of living. I have learned, given, and received so much during this ongoing life journey – experiencing new levels of resourcefulness, resilience, flexibility and adaptability in my life.

I now ride a bike instead of driving a car, and shorts and T shirts are my preferred dress code whenever possible. I live life my way.

Most of my wardrobe now fits into a backpack, and the home base is now wherever I happen to find myself. Pico Lyer once said; "Home in the end of course, is not where you sleep - it's where you stand." It is probably fair to say that I also live a very carbon footprint friendly lifestyle!

During this time I have slept in more beds and places (last count approaching 50 over the last 2.5 years), lived with dozens of people, eaten all manner of foods, and shared all kinds of stories and ways of living. The old fundamental routines of conventional living were literally thrown out the window as change became the constant. Its been refreshing and challenging. The result, as I had hoped, is a greater level of appreciation, gratitude and acceptance for what life provides and reveals.

Craig Malin Head Ireland 2015 a

I’ve slept in caravans, in tents, on ferries, buses and trains, couches, sheds, on floors, a park bench in a Churchyard in Penzance, and even in a yurt! I have also been fortunate enough to stay in some very beautiful and luxurious places and surroundings – the contrast of my life during this time has been significant! I’ve also met some very interesting people along the journey.

This experience has helped me generate more ideas, experience new ways of living, and it has opened up new possibilities for me in creating a lifestyle.  Importantly, these experiences have provided me with many opportunities to live my values, my beliefs, my inner inklings and knowings. I had so many moments where I trusted in life, boldly took chances, and backed myself in, that the results spoke for themselves - there is always a way.

 

A little more about me:

I am also the creator and cocreator of a number of self development and coaching programs. I have over 30 years experience in the field of personal, spiritual and self development – it is a major passion and a way of life for me.

I am also currently planning a self development series of ebooks that will be released later in 2017 and beyond as I make the transition from blogger to author.

As mentioned earlier, I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). My earlier studies involved attaining an Associate Diploma of Social Science in Community Services (Welfare Studies).

I also spent a year in Fremantle Western Australia studying Fishing Operations and Aquaculture – another time in my life where I followed my passions and curiosity and did not think too much about my career. (On that note, I have never sought to have or pursue a 'career' as such. For me, career has never been an ambition or priority. I see life as being much more than that. You can also add dozens of the usual (and the unusual..) self development and professional development courses many of us seem to accumulate throughout our lives.

A philosophy of mine is to keep adding value and to constantly improve service delivery wherever I find myself. The ultimate aim and intention being to facilitate a process where individuals empower themselves to take action that serves their businesses and the community - and importantly, helps them to be a better person. This fits not only with the way I work generally in a conventional working sense, it also strongly represents my life coaching philosophy.

I keep fit and healthy with regular outdoor/park workout sessions wherever I can find, or adapt to, the equipment on offer. Its amazing what necessity does when it comes to adapting exercise to available equipment or structures. Cycling and walking are also a big part of my lifestyle. Health and fitness is important to me. I live and advocate developing and creating a lifestyle, and a work life balance, that is aligned to personal valuesliving a life that works for you in other words.

Craig 2015 a

My life long passion is fishing. I love to spend time in and around coastal and natural environments. I can often be found fishing a coastline or wandering and exploring a beach….inbetween looking for birds and animals…and fish of course! In fact, a big part of changing up my life was to do much more of this, and to create a life where I had choice.

I love gardening, writing, blogging, creating and learning…in fact I love a lot about life.

I live the life and the values I advocate and write about.  Selling up and giving away a lot of my possessions, grabbing a backpack, and living life on the road, certainly has been a very valuable experience.

For now, this way of living is the life I choose. Next week…? I am always open to opportunity. Many of us fail to understand or recognise that with effort and intention, we can consciously and deliberately change, and live our lives in (or relatively close to) the moment – if we choose to.

In fact, after over 27 months living and travelling both in Australia and the UK rent free, I am now in the midst of another Government contract in Hobart up until late July 2017.

 

*If you would like to learn more about what I do, and how I can help you, and your business, simply go to the contact me form on the home page and I will contact you usually within 24 hours.

My time is now. Yours can be too.

*Craig Hedge is an accredited life coach currently based in Hobart Tasmania.

 

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