Paula Martinis

The beauty about self-development is, unlike taking a horse to water and not being able to force him to drink, your own ability to develop personally lies with only one person, yourself.  Once those pictures are on a board on your wall, you can either leave it there till  it fallsl off, eventually putting it in the cupboard, or you can wake up each day, deciding to do something that brings you one step closer to it all.

When I put mine up after my wonderful morning out with my bestie Judy and Sharon Castle, I consciously decided just that.  Everyday, I would wake up and ask “what will I do today to get me that one step closer to it all.  After all “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do!”

It’s officially a proven fact, proven by myself in less than 8 months since I made my board and heard a story about some pink feathers.  #justsaying, if you want to know about the pink feathers then you need to make a decision to create a beautiful board with Sharon, no spoiler alert here I am afraid.  I will say this, once you start to see them, you can’t un-see them and oh my, it’s the most beautiful thing ever.

My Story in a nutshell is this:

As a self-employed, mother of two teenage boys now 18 and 16, things are more often than not challenging.  How you embrace that challenge and what you do about it makes all the difference.

On the 10th of December 2017, I was fortunate enough to relocate to Ballito.  Having lived in White River for over 16 years, it was time for change.  Little did I know that this move would change my life so substantially both personally as well as for my small travel company.

Determined to create a new start for my business, my two boys and myself, I joined the local Virgin Active Gym to get myself out and about.  For many years I had only just worked, cared for my children and spent very few moments doing anything for myself, not to mention my actual health.

When people tell you that becoming active can change a person’s outlook on life, general mood, wellbeing and many other things it’s hard to believe.  Let me tell you this, it’s all very, very true.

After a few short months I discovered my passion for Yoga and made new connections and friendships within a community of people in Ballito and the surrounding areas.  Through this newly found passion, I developed a whole new concept for my travel business and was introduced to Sharon Castle.

Before my first holiday in over 5 years, toward the end of December 2018, my now best friend Judy, invited me to a vision board workshop with a lady called Sharon Castle.  What better way to end a year and start to a new year, on my return from holiday, than having my intention set for 2019, I thought to myself.  Let’s see if this vision board thing works I said.  After all, if you build it they will come, right?  Wow, that also turned out to be true!

Sharon’s explanation and knowledge on the thought process, the way the brain works, the power of the mind and the fluidity of life was astounding.  Her passion, principles and excitement had me on the edge of my seat.  Suddenly everything I thought to be true and intuitively knew but never understood how, all made pure, logical sense.  By the time I got home, I was so excited, my board was up and I was ready for anything to come my way.

It’s now August 2019 and that same excitement, belief and knowledge has not left me once.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not go to sleep at night while looking at my board and observing what I achieved and what I want to work on tomorrow, to move closer to my goal.

My board is based around balance between work and life, family and home and also reminds me that I am conquering fears, finding true love and embracing all I can be and have.  Saying “It IS….”  rather than “I wish…..” is something that Sharon teaches and it works!

Previously, I was a single-owner run business.  in February of this year, we became an amazing team of four, including myself.  On Friday the 16th of August I moved into an office and took my business, which I have run for the past ten years out of my home.  This now gives me the ability to separate the two.  A proper balance between, life and work.  With the assistance of a great team I can now take a little more time out for myself, also giving me more time to work passionately on my new business, We Move Active.  My new concept, was visualised while on my yoga mat but I was always nervous to fully embrace the vision.

Eight months in, We Move Active has been on radio, assisted and hosted in 4 events, and we are working on even more projects.  A vision of having people enjoy the beauty of yoga and wellness, became a reality when we hosted International Yoga Day at Willard Beach in Ballito.  Attendance was over 40 people with R2000+ in donations raised for charity.

My small Travel Business is no longer. it’s now a thriving creative entity which serves many people.  My two amazing boys are also thriving.  Just like me they have also created their own boards with Sharon at her Teen Create Your Future Vision Board Workshop.  They also learnt that the only way to achieve it, is to see it, and work toward it.  They two have discovered their own pink feathers.

Never be scared to Dream.  Most importantly, remember that those dreams are a reality once you make it happen by jumping into your future with both feet and allowing it happen.

Much Love and boundless Pink Feathers