Would you say you're a caterpillar or a butterfly? Or perhaps you're like me, and still in your cocoon. I get real and raw in this episode: moving to Bulgaria, overcoming the trauma of the pandemic, and navigating a small business.
This episode will inspire you to take a look at your life and discover what it takes to become a butterfly, living your best life! It's time for us to come out of our cocoons and FLY!
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Hello and welcome to Dream Life Connection, your hub for Magical Personal Development. I'm Andrea Morrison. This podcast is a blend of whimsical and grounding topics that will help you live the life of your dreams. We'll talk about synchronicity, lucid dreaming, manifesting modern spirituality, journaling, mindfulness paradigm shifts, subconscious programming, and even traveling. If you are a believer in magic and want to elevate your life, you were meant to be here. During each episode, we'll take a mini journey through a dreamy topic, learn some modern magic tricks, and I'll even share my stories as a traveling dreamer following her intuition. I would love to connect with you at @dreamlifeconnection on Instagram and dreamlifeconnection.com. I'm so glad we found each other.
Hello from Bansko, Bulgaria! You guys, I'm here. I made it. I did it. I'm in, like the cutest little mountain town in Bulgaria. I don't think many people have ever even heard of this place. I know I hadn't. And it actually turned out to be a really big nomad hub. There's a lot of travelers that come here and there are several coworking spaces that you can work at remotely.
And my boyfriend and I got here almost exactly a week ago and it's been really nice. It's a huge adjustment, that's for sure. It's a big change from Portugal, but I really like it. And you know how you get asked, are you a beach person or a mountain person? Don't get me wrong, I love the beach, but I just feel more alive when I'm in the mountains and when I'm near, like, lakes and rivers and streams. I love mountains.
So this is like a cute little town that's got this Bavarian style. And honestly, I don't even really want to use the word town. I kind of want to say "village" because I think that's so cute. And I've been going on all sorts of walks and the architecture is so beautiful. It's like all these log cabins and stonework buildings. And I've been listening to, like, the Witcher soundtrack and just kind of feeling like I'm living my own little fairy tale.
But it is still a big change. It's a transition. It's moving countries, it's settling down. The dust is actually kind of finally settled for a little bit. And we know we're going to be here for at least three months, which is so nice. And I can actually plant some roots a little bit and know where I'm going to be for the next few months. And I know three months is going to go by super fast, but this is the life of a nomad. And we'll see what we're going to do and see if we can even stay longer or if we're going to go back to Portugal. We're not really sure yet, but we're just enjoying this time right now and being present.
I'm not going to lie. Most of my podcasts are written out and I have talking points and examples and stories - and I actually recorded a podcast yesterday about simplifying your life. And I call it "Shed the Shit." And it's just going back to your basics. Because I realized my mind and various things were just sort of cluttered and that was really holding me back. So I did a podcast, I recorded it, and I ended up, as soon as I finished that podcast episode, I was like, I'm not putting that out because the whole point of it was to simplify and to get straight to the point with your life. And the entire time I was just rambling and my mind was scattered.
And I'm not going to lie, my mind has been scattered quite a bit during this transition. And so I decided today that I'm going to do a new podcast. I'm going to record a different one and replace this other one that I wasn't very happy with, and hopefully this one will turn out better.
But my energy has just been a little different since we got here because I think everything that has happened, not just in the past week or two, or few months - I think everything that's happened in the past, like, year has finally caught up with me. Because I was in Vietnam last year, had to go back home...I worked in California for a little bit and then trying to reunite with my boyfriend. There was just a lot going on. And then going to Washington state, and there was just a lot of shit. There was a lot of stuff that I went through that I'm still processing and trying to deal with. I try not to get emotional, but it's hard to hide it. And then coming to Europe and just trying to figure everything out.
Life is crazy. Am I wrong? And I don't think I'm alone in this. I think life has been a little nuts lately, and things are sort of starting to become a little bit normal. And we all survived a lot of trauma, I would say. And I don't want to just brush it under the carpet and then move on. I do need to process it, and maybe you do too. I won't go into too much detail about it, maybe in another podcast episode in the future.
But I wanted to share an experience that I had literally 20 minutes ago that kind of shifted me again. I'm all about paradigm shifts. I'm all about epiphanies and waking up to certain things. And one of my favorite things to do is turning on my voice memos and just start talking, press record and put your phone down. And you'll eventually forget that you're even recording and you'll just talk out loud and it becomes a form of expression and journaling. Sometimes I don't really want to sit down and write. Instead, I just turn my phone on and I record it and it's seriously incredible when you go back and listen to old voice memos. And I've been doing this for years. And every time I listen to an old voice memo, I'm like, "Dang! I have grown so much, or I did it, or I'm so glad that I listened to myself or I made this change." It's really powerful. So I definitely recommend you recording your voice and your thoughts.
So I was just doing that about a half an hour ago because I'm trying to process and figure out why am I feeling this way. It has nothing to do with anything other than myself and my thoughts in my mind. So I was talking out loud to my phone, and then it just sort of dawned on me. I had this image of a butterfly in my mind because I have this podcast, I have my business, I have my clients. But I don't feel like I'm a butterfly yet. I don't feel like I'm really in it or doing it. I think that I have one foot in my past and one foot in my future. So I was thinking about this butterfly and I'm thinking, "Am I still a caterpillar? I think I'm in my cocoon right now..."
So I want you to think about your life and what's going on in your life. Are you a caterpillar? Are you in your cocoon? Or are you thriving like a butterfly? And I realized I'm sitting in this cocoon, and I am always thinking about going back to this old way of life, going back to what I know in my comfort zone and America and the corporate world and structure and all of that. And that would be me remaining a caterpillar, if I'm being honest with myself.
Everybody has a different experience. Everybody has different phases of their life. But I know deep down that I need to fucking turn into a butterfly. It's time. It's time. I've been sitting in this cocoon for a long time. I've been hiding. I've been afraid. After everything that transpired during the past two years, I really retreated. I became a hermit. I became afraid to talk to people. I kind of lost myself and who I was. I'm not blaming anyone or anything. It was just my experience going through the pandemic and everything that came with that. It was trauma. It was very difficult. And so I've just kind of been stuck in this cocoon, and I just wanted to kind of do this episode raw.
I know I've only had a handful of podcast episodes already, and I feel like I need to have a super intense structure and strategy and plan out every single topic and whatnot. But this is the beauty of having your own business. You can do whatever the hell you want. Some things work more than others, but I have promised to always be transparent and honest and authentic. Authenticity is super important. And it's weird being in this coaching industry where there are so many different 'rules' that you have to follow. "Rules." There's all these hacks and tricks and strategies, and I know those things work, and maybe one day I'll implement one or two. But what I want to do is be honest with you and most importantly, with myself. And I'm ready to bust out of this cocoon. I'm ready to stop hiding. I'm ready to fucking fly. And I'm noticing.... I'm saying, "I" a lot.
This isn't just about me. The reason I want to do this podcast is to show you that if I can do it, you can do it, too. What's it going to take for you to become that butterfly? To break out of your cocoon or to transform from the caterpillar into the cocoon so that you can become the butterfly? Where are you in your life? Only you know. And usually it's the first thought that comes to your mind when I say, "What do you need to do in order to become a butterfly?"
And as soon as I say that, the first thought in my mind is like, 'I need to freaking put myself out there. I need to be all in with Dream Life Connection, because that is a piece of me. I built it from square one. It's all me. It's literally my heart. It's my coaching business. It's my website, it's my brand, it's my vibe. It's all of that. It's my Dharma, it's my calling. It's what I do, and it's how I help people and my service to others.'
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about becoming that butterfly? Are you already the butterfly? It's so empowering to think about that, and it makes me want to go out and just look for butterflies.
Anyway, I just wanted to kind of be raw in this moment because if I come on and I have an episode where it's "la, la, la, this is what's going on!" That's not authentic to what I'm going through in this moment. Transition is hard. Being a nomad is hard. It's so rewarding, and I would not change it for the world. But like I've said in other podcasts, it comes with its ups and downs. There are always going to be challenges. And so today was my me day. Today was my day to just walk around and get a coffee and relax. I played some Animal Crossing, just kind of had a chill day to let the dust settle.
And usually when you slow down and pause, that's when these answers come to you or what they say "downloads." And for me, my download was the butterfly. So I wanted to share that with you because I do believe we're all connected. I do believe we're all going through these things collectively. I know I'm not the only one that feels this way, and maybe my circumstances are different, but we're all going through a kind of a weird time in life. Just know that you're not alone and it's okay. And if you want to stay in your cocoon, for a little bit longer. That's okay. Just take your time and most importantly, be easy on yourself...but be true to yourself and we can all turn into beautiful butterflies and fly away and be happy and I'm so excited to reach that point.
I haven't even promoted this podcast. That's like how much I've been hiding. And so if you listen to this episode and I still have not posted anything on it about Instagram, just call me out.
I really want to give a shout out to you. I want to thank you because I know that there are a lot of podcasts out there. I know that there are a lot of businesses and people expressing themselves. And the fact that you're listening to my words right now means more than you know. You have no idea how much that means to me. I'm breaking out of this cocoon. It has to happen. I've been in it for so long and I hope you'll join me.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Really from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.