Hi, I’m Lisa - writer, adventurer and contemplator or life.
I’m a 35-year-old writer, living in beautiful New Zealand. Reading and writing have always been a big part of my life. Ever since I’ve been a kid, I’ve loved getting lost in a good book. Today, I start most of my days reading for at least 30 minutes, which gives me inspiration for the day ahead. Writing is both a hobby and part of my professional life. It has always been one of my favourite parts of my marketing career, and at a personal level, writing is my way of processing as well as a creative outlet.
Over the last few years, writing has become an even more important part of my life. I’ve discovered a passion for writing with the intention of inspiring people. On my blog Life Done Differently, I write about what life is like when you don’t want to follow the traditional path around work, family and mortgages. I’ve also been writing for a couple of other blogs and website and am a regular contributor for a local travel magazine where I get to inspire by sharing other traveller’s stories as well as my own travel adventures.
My favourite part of being a writer is when people tell me they found inspiration in my words.
My biggest writing project yet, has been inspired by another big passion of mine: personal growth and seeking to understand the meaning of life. I’m an avid fan of non-fiction literature, especially anything in the field of positive psychology and happiness, and love to contemplate human nature. I’m fascinated by how unique we all are and how differently we deal with situations, react and feel. One of my core beliefs is that we need to respect our individuality and that we need to find our own path to happiness, based on our personality and values. This belief is what inspired my first book, One Size Does Not Fit All, which will be out soon.
One Size Does Not Fit All is inspired by my own journey to a happy life. Today, I'm extremely happy. My life is fun and meaningful, I feel comfortable with who I am, and I'm fit and healthy. However, that wasn't always the case. Up until about twelve years ago, I was unhappy. My life felt boring, meaningless, like it was going nowhere, and I felt lonely and disconnected. I was severely overweight, unfit and unhealthy, depressed at times and without hope.
When I think about what it was that enabled me to turn my life around, there is one thing that stands out: gaining knowledge. I started to learn about happiness, the meaning of life and various other topics. I learned about personality, values and what it is that makes us all unique. I learned how to bring change into my life and how to make it last. It was this knowledge that gave me the power, inspiration, and skills to make the changes I needed to make. However, the really great stuff didn’t come from having knowledge of these individual areas, but from being able to put all of it together. The real breakthrough came once I had learned enough about myself to be able to view other insights about happiness and living a meaningful life in the context of who I am, instead of blindly following one-size-fits-all advice.
In my book, One Size Does Not Fit All, I share my own experience and the knowledge I’ve gained along the way to help other people find their personal path to a happier life.
In addition to being a writer, I work as a marketing advisor and freelancer. And when I’m not working or writing, I can usually be found outdoors, surfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, or just exploring this beautiful country in my campervan.