Land Your Dream Job-3

An inspiring podcast with the talented Sarah-Jane Perman.  Sarah shares with us how she has come to travel the world doing what she loves, yogaing and retreating and living a truly authentic life inline with her vision.

 

Sarah-Jane Perman on 2016-02-29 at 14.33

 

Kylie

Today I have a very special guest joining me, Sarah-Jane Perman. Sarah-Jane is an incredible inspiration to so many people across the globe and she has an amazing story to tell us about her personal career journey. Sarah Jane is a yoga teacher, spiritual mentor, Tantrika, and 5 elements dance facilitator. She travels the world teaching embodied movement practices, facilitating goddess retreats and sacred ceremonies. She works mostly with women in her Sacred Sisterhood and Sisters of the Moon programs. She has travelled to incredible places to lead powerful retreats and workshops and participate in magical festivals. Sarah’s going to share with us how through her personal journey of self-inquiry and quest ease her constant anxiety that something fundamental was missing in her life she created her own path and amazing career.

I’m a firm believer that we can find a career aligned to our purpose, love our work and enjoy success beyond our wildest dreams. I also believe we can only achieve all these when we start our quest with self inquiry, when we get super clear on who we are – our values, passions and unique talents.

 

Sarah

Thank you for your beautiful intro. So my journey started quite young care of my “hippy” mother. I’m really grateful because she has been a really strong mentor for me.

I’ve done all the normal work stuff, I used to work in television, in marketing and PR and before I was in TV, I was in the arts. I’ve always followed my passion. I used to do a lot of acting, I was a dancer for 18 years and that led me to working in the arts, I used to work at West Australian Ballet in Perth for many years. When I cast my mind back particularly on my working journey, I’ve always had awesome jobs. I’ve always engineered my jobs to really suit my abilities. In WAB I used to run an education program and taught dance workshops all over Western Australia and did marketing for them. Then I found myself in Sydney and did corporate, which was really not for me.

 

Kylie

Sometimes it’s good to do these things as they teach you what you don’t really want to do. When something happens that’s really bad, you’re forced to make a decision. Some people, who don’t have so much confidence, get stuck in less-than-ideal situations and it’s easy to get stuck.  Being in a position where you’re really not happy can be a good thing as it teaches us so much and forces us to learn and make real changes.

 

Sarah

I think I was ... because I was going to inject some life and energy in to the company when I took a job in finance and I think I was quite entertaining at meetings but I can’t talk really much on commodities and mining and things I should know about. But having been working in the arts then suddenly being offered finance kind of salary I was offered good money. But that didn’t really work out. Then I walked into a job in the television and landed a coveted job by chance.  I’ve always been really good at creating reality as I lived my life very openly and trust that whatever I need is going to show up.

 

Kylie

Talk to us a little bit more of how you’ve created and fostered that trust in yourself.

 

Sarah

Interestingly enough as I’ve gone deeply into this self-enquiry, I treat it as an experiment. I realise now when I look back that I was really good at manifestation. Just being able to stay grounded at whatever happens, I’m sure there’s a reason for this. From that perspective I was good at creating what I want, because we can have what we want, it’s all possible.

From corporate, I did the TV, bought a property then became a yoga teacher. I was teaching yoga classes but still working full time. Realising that what I was doing in TV was not really my path.

 

Kylie

That’s a big part of it – there is a peace in finding what you are suited to, that’s going to really play your natural strengths and talents. It’s meaningful, if you can add value and you’ll get that sense of fulfilment. But there’s also your attitude on a daily basis – finding the joy in the job. The situation itself is not going to bring you joy.

 

Sarah

Back to the leaving TV story, there were a series of things that happened where I wasn’t really valued. There were a lot of “red flags” that kept telling me maybe it was time to go, but I was holding on because I was scared. I have this on my wall and in my cubicle at work “she took a leap and built her wings on the way down” and I remember thinking “I have to do that”. And so my mom told me to work until Christmas, it was July then. But my intuition was strongly telling me I needed to go then and there. I just trust the universe and the universe has got my back. Then I rented out my apartment and packed my bags. Then I found myself overseas and I remember having a little panic because I had just started my own business. I had a plan but it didn’t feel like a plan, it felt really panicky and not good, I thought I had made the wrong decision. So I tried to come back to the space of trust and sure enough the reason I was away showed up and I met my husband in Ibiza. And it became a little more clear as to why I’ve thrown myself out there, as I did. Ever since then so long as I can stay grounded in every moment, things work, and this journey of being entrepreneur is not easy. It’s about finding gratitude for every moment. How much I’m learning is how I define my success. In my business now, which is predominantly working with women, I do a lot of feminine embodiment work, helping people including men who’ve been stuck in the masculine energy. This journey of coming to a space of trust – really listening to the wisdom of the body and intuition and allowing the essence of ourselves be seen.

 

Kylie

That makes perfect sense. You have to own your own value. When you are in a position that when you feel you are not valued, you are under-valuing yourself by staying in that situation.

We are socialised that we need to live in a certain way – live in the office environment. Success is one kind of definition – living materialistic and external goals. Some people have got “everything” but still not happy but stay where they are out of fear because it’s scary to look outside. But that shift has to happen. Basically life gives you everything that you want but it just doesn’t come in a packaging that you’re expecting it in. It sometimes it comes in a different order.

Goals are great and give us something to work towards but how you need to operate and move forward depends a lot on your personality. If you’re too narrowly focused on achieving something, especially something external, you may well struggle.  If your goals are around fulfilment and contentment then great, this is something you work on every moment. If your goals are too externally focused then you will absolutely miss out and not see the opportunities that are in front of you.

 

Sarah

I remember a girlfriend’s criteria who was desperate to meet a man but had really rigid criteria. She was so rigid for many years on what she wanted and nobody was good enough and I said, you’re limiting yourself there because you have to allow that open space for what is always trying to come in. For me it has been a process of dissolution and just allowing what is meant to happen. It’s a very receptive way to work. I just allow the energy of the moment and guidance to show up in whatever form. I’m on another interesting journey now as I’m pregnant. My clear intention of the last few years has been to kind of throw out the rules. It’s been much more about “how do I want to feel”. I’m really because my business follows my life – I am my own brand. What I learn about my own life is what I share.

 

Kylie

In terms of how you allow those things into your life, especially people who are interested more in energy, what would be a kind of hack – life hack around manifesting and trusting. Do you have any tips on how people can start moving to that space?

 

Sarah

We have a lot of stuff that blocks us from being able to create what it is that we want. I am in no way perfect in my journey. My favourite affirmation is “I’m ready”. Whether or not you meditate, just take a moment, get quiet, breathe deep into your belly and feel yourself connecting into the earth, find the trust to make yourself deeply grounded. The more I am grounded the more I can affirm. Just be open to the energy of the moment.

 

Kylie

The problem is this is also very hard to do but also fundamental. None of all the things we do matter until you tune in to who you really are. To your point, I’m an advocate of meditation but people are different and have different ways in which they can connect.

 

Sarah

We all are different human beings and we all have different paths. Inviting that energy of allowing things to happen doesn’t mean you have to thrown out your goals.

 

Kylie

Absolutely and you bring up a very good point. You’ve got to have strategy online and goals as well. However when you are too attached to goals and outcomes, that will only bring you frustration and unhappiness. If we are too rigid in our thinking, we’ll end up disappointed.

 

Sarah

And we often block the energy. We really do attract what we exactly need.

 

Kylie

It depends on your belief system and the way you’re conditioned. I firmly believe in energy work and creative visualisation and there’s a lot of science behind that now to really show how affirmation and creative visualisation and the flow of energy is certainly not “wowoo”.

 

Sarah

No, that’s right and even more evidence is coming over the years –linking science and spirituality. It’s even more fun if proven.

 

Kylie

One of people’s main drivers is they want to add value, they want to contribute something larger outside of themselves and the sooner you can connect to that, you can become more motivated. People get real value from the feeling helping other people.

 

Sarah

I don’t think ego is dirty by the way. Understand when it is taking control and be able to not let the ego drive all the time. And now I’m also going through a big period of acceptance that maybe my next phase is going to be smaller. Maybe my next path is working intimately with people and making a difference that way. You have to be ready and flexible to shift and change.

 

Kylie

That’s another great point on flexibility. We change so much as people. We hold on to our old idea of ourselves, old values or values from our parents when we were younger. But if we can be more flexible, things work out.

 

Sarah

It’s really being able to listen to that inner wisdom, just being receptive to what’s going on in that moment.

 

Kylie

I wish you everything wonderful on your next exciting journey.

Thank you so much for your time today, Sarah-Jane.

 

Sarah

Everything’s in my website which is my name – www.SarahJanePerman.com. Please check the website for the list of upcoming events.

Thank you, it was lovely to talk to you today.