HELLO FELLOW ADVENTURESSES
I’m so excited to meet you here (though a face to face would be better)!
A little about me. And you. And ‘we’.
At my core, I ooze passion about creating a gorgeous life you love and experiencing it every day with an attitude of wanderlusting into life’s journey.
I know that life isn’t always lived with laughter, stilettos and a sassy, soulful heart. I’ve been to darker places of loss, soul shaking fear and that aching throb of regret and unfulfilled potential. But through all that, I now know this…
Life is worth living every day and you (yes, you there reading this) have that sparking power inside of you to create a life you absolutely adore.
I’m Arienne Gorlach*, inspiration-infused life coach with a modern alchemist attitude to life. I love embarking with people on luxe-filled adventures into life’s journey. I write, speak, coach and design life-enhancing paper diaries.
* Pronounce that any way you want, I’m not fussy. Many call me ‘A’ or ‘A.G’.
I work with aspirational women who feel they are destined for more in their lives, but don’t have the clarity, confidence or steps to work out what it is, or how to get there. I help them wake up, shake up and step up into heart-soaring lives they love. Together, we craft out the time, space and tools to inspire wanderlust in life and to become The Adventuress of it.
I feel inzazzled (inspired + zippy + dazzled) when I think about maps of life, dream destinations, styled itineraries and living it out every day. There is a massive overlap between work and play for me!
I believe that life can be fully and wholeheartedly an expression of our unique selves. I believe we can question the status quo to craft our own life, adventure into it daily and get to experience everything we truly desire in a sparkly, uplifting and light-hearted way.
LUXE LIFE DEFINED
Luxe Life: ‘Owning’ whatever you yearn for and celebrating the luxury of being truly YOU in your own version of life. Every. Single. Day.
Adventuress: Cultivating an attitude of wanderlust towards life.
SO HOW DID I GET HERE?
+ I had a super nomadic upbringing. Singaporean Mother. German Vater. Dutch Stepfather. Born in Hong Kong. One sister born in Singapore, the other (14 years younger!) in Perth, Western Australia. Moving countries and, often, continents on average every 18 months. International Schools galore. Scattered trail of friendships and connections in Europe, Australia & Asia (thank God for Facebook). It taught me to embrace change. Acceptance. Compassion. Flexibility. My childhood was wonderful overall and my beautiful, crazy family remain my biggest supporters.
+ I did well at school and at work (hello goody-two-shoes). I embarked on my Commerce degree with success. I worked in small business with my mum’s company and grew their admin systems, facilitated customer service and eventually ran the marketing side of things when I graduated.
I had lovely boyfriends. Overseas holidays. Fun girlfriends. A lovely home. A smiley face. An easy-to-laughter personality. But I was haunted. I knew I could be more. Do more. This existence was… fine… Everyone told me I had an amazing life, and I’d nod along but that agreement didn’t go very deep… Something bigger was calling me. I ignored that wise voice and just kept on keeping on with the status quo. That uncomfortable niggling feeling persisted until…
+ I fell into the darkest hole of my life and had my wakeup call from the Universe. In short, when I was 26, BAM! KAPOW! POO-ZILLA!, anxiety crashed into my comfortable, mainstream world. For 3-5 months on end, then a brief pause and then again. I couldn’t eat, sleep or stop crying. I had to stop work. I stopped living. Intense fear and anxiety followed me in every moment of every day, seemingly about nothing in particular but really about everything.
It got to the point where I had to choose from two options. Thankfully, I chose life. It set me on this path today where I am now vibrant, grateful, passionate, purposeful and oh so gleeful that I am an Adventuress and creator of a life I love!
Seeing me now (and even before that life-changing saga), people are surprised I experienced this, which is why I want to share it. That things are not always as they seem and that if you cultivate the attitude and do the life-inspired work, you can get through anything. And you don’t need to wait for the painful call from the Universe.
+ I did the work of self discovery with and without help. I put myself out there trialling different things, different jobs, different callings. I did a lot myself and with help from others. It was magical.
On the way, I found me. The real me. The one responsible for that niggling voice. The one covered by layers of shoulds and self imposed unrealistic expectation. She was always there, she just needed to be heard. Thank God I finally listened.
+ Learning so much about myself and going through this experience, I want to help others uncover that voice that needs to be heard. I know that doing this work (and all that there is to come) with you and other inspired women, is my purpose in life. That in order for me to feel that fulfilled potential that is personal to me, I need to inspire and help you. There can’t be one without the other in my case. In order for me to live my vision I need you to live yours. That part is in your beautiful hands. Only you can step up, take responsibility and make your life happen. I can only be your tour-guide, your travel agent and your cheerleader in a cute dress and pink pom poms. We can do this!
So far I’ve run workshops, coached women 1:1, shared stories and experiences on my old blog SavvySassyShe.com. Through that I’ve met women who have started to flourish. Turn things in their favour. Change their minds. Change their life. Stand up. Speak up. Connect. Learn. Grow. Have Ahas. Embark on the journey. Reach milestones. Stand on top of mountains. Become captains of their ship. Being a Life Adventuress.
Reading their emails and hearing their outcomes reminds me to never underestimate the impact you have on people – big or small. I’ve got big plans to step this up. More programs, books, guides, how-tos – ooooh I’m excited!
I have a vision of a world where we are free from the expectations of others, from the weight of what we should be (and all the anxiety and doubt that comes up when we are not ‘it’), where we delve into ourselves and define success on our own terms and carry it out.
Where we can be joyful and excited about life everyday because we are creating and living intentionally. Fulfilled. Happy. Passionate. Purposeful. Connected. Shining. Able to deal with the challenges that come up and knowing that even though everything doesn’t turn out as we plan, that we are doing the best we can and that we will be fine. And in the meantime, as we build this dream life that we at least have 10 minutes of ‘luxury’ daily amidst the busy-ness and have-tos, we celebrate who we are and what we have done. A Luxe Life Adventuress.
+ I love organisation. I have a yearning to streamline everything yet live with a bit of chaos around me. Mainly because…
+ I’m super visual. I use the Life is Crafted paper planner I designed, I’ve got lists and drawings and plans on my walls. I heart inspiration boards. If it’s not in front of me, it is out of mind. If I think it, I ink it 😉
+ I’m an audiobook fanatic, I even recorded a chapter for a book at Librivox
+ I wrote a post a while ago with 50 more random things about me – you can do the same, I love reading these!
+ When I polled my clients, family and gal pals, for the 5 words they would use to describe me, this is what emerged:
HOW I SPEND MY DAYS
Everyday is a little different. I try to work with my energy and around my lovely commitments. I schedule time for different types of work but allow it to be flexible. Most days include…
Creating: Constantly! Crafting, book outlines, planner products, business ideas, creative solutions, coaching.
Planning: Checklists – check! Project files – check! 3 most important tasks for the day/week/month – Check!
Journaling: This is my main method of self discovery and working through the inspirations and challenges that come up.
Reading: I read everyday. From embarrassing-to-admit fiction before I go to bed to lots of business books & self-help tombs. Spending time in a bookshop gives me such a feeling of possibility and is one of my ultimate luxuries!
Gratitude-ing: This practice is literally perspective-shaking and life-changing.
Dog walks with our Hairy McClary lookalike & bum pats for my new and hot Hungarian Husband
Yoga-ing: Heated vinyasa flow come to me! Though I’ve started to cultivate more of a home practice of late.
Thank you for visiting me here. Make life as you wish, Adventuress!
OTHER PLACES YOU’LL FIND ME
My planner junkiness is apparent with my diary insert and planner range, Life is Crafted
My cofounder Kirsten Blatcher and I started LifeTyped to celebrate life’s moments in print. One of the things we do is a life manifesto with your name on it: