Making big decisions and living your why with Bele Masterman

Making big decisions and living your why with Bele Masterman

My beautiful friend Bele is one of only a handful of repeat guests on the poggie, and this week she’s back for her third chat. In a wide-ranging and super honest conversation, Bele and I talk about making big life changes as we become more attuned to our Why in life, and why she and her family have decided to move from the inner city to an old orchard outside Sydney. It’s really interesting to see that she and I are at a similar cross-roads with deciding where to live and how that aligns with our values, and while they’re at a point of actually doing something about it right now, Ben and I are still working out what that might look like for us. Honestly, I found it really inspiring to listen to the questions and choices that went in to this decision, and can’t wait to see it unfold. We also talk about the decision-making process that goes in to big, life-changing decisions like this and how we both have learnt to accept the discomfort that often goes along with them. Bele is always full of insights, and this episode is no different as she looks at the idea of seeing ‘signs’ in our lives, what it means when we go with our gut and how she and how she’s learnt to deal with criticism as she’s grown older. We also get off-topic and start talking about the movie Everest, Amy Poehler’s amazing book (one of my favourites ever in the whole world), some Star Wars origin stories and why Bele thinks Thoreau was a pretty miserable guy. I love this lady so much and it’s been a pleasure getting to know her over the past couple of years. The choices she and her family are making are endlessly inspiring to Ben and I, and I hope you enjoy this chat just as much as I did.



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7 Responses to Making big decisions and living your why with Bele Masterman

  1. Hi Brooke, in a recent podcast you asked who we’d like to have you interview in the future. Well…one if my goals is to get on your podcast:) I wrote a blog called “What if all I want is a mediocre life?” Whoch caught the attention of a BBC journalist. I will be doing an interview with her this week (crazy!) for a series she is helping produce. Anyways, though my heart is beating wildly I am throwing out my desire to one day get to chat with you and Ben:)

  2. I have thought about volunteering as an “ordinary person” a few times – but here I go! I don’t have a blog or any online presence (that’s not professional). I’m a university research academic, Australian, with 2 kids (primary school aged) and a stay at home husband. We’re about to go on a 4 month road trip around Australia, made possible due to our simplified life (and long service leave!). Many people at work express shock that I am actually taking the LSL (it seems no one usually takes it!). I love your show! Vanessa

  3. Really enjoyed the podcast today. My family is currently embarking on a life change journey too, a decision that took a little while to make. With things being evaluated; and life simplified; it seemed an easier decision to make than it might have been if faced with the same choice just a few years ago. Never have we been so alive and happy with life after having two beautiful children through IVF, and so lucky. The choice involves a move from country Victoria (Ballarat) to the coast of Western Australia (Bunbury) for work, and a chance to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle at the beach. We both kind of jumped at it, knowing it would be hard with two young kids, but knew it was the right choice to make too. Leaving all of the family behind will be hard, but missing out on this chance of a happy new life for us and our kids couldn’t be passed up. Looking at journalling the process of the life transition in a blog I’ve started;

  4. Really enjoyed the podcast today. What a great conversation! I particularly resonated with the bird analogy…and remembered a time being swooped by magpies. :)
    Thanks so much ladies!!

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