Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your grey-haired, 90-year-old self looking back on your life. Imagine all your experiences, decade after decade, flashing through your memory. What do you want to remember your days being filled with?
If you’re anything like me, you don’t want those memories to be consumed by years sitting in a cubicle, slaving away with the end goal of accumulating more stuff. It’s been said that at the end of our lives, nobody regrets not working more. People look back and wish they had spent more time enjoying life, taking risks, doing meaningful work, and spending time with the people they loved.
Annie Dillard said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
The problem is, most of us are caught up in a cycle of the day-to-day grind that we feel like we can’t get out of. We know that those days add up to weeks and months and years, but it’s hard to see how to get out of it on our own.
Maybe you took a job straight out of college and accepted one promotion after another. And now you find yourself, 10 years later, stuck in a job that was just supposed to be “temporary.”
Or maybe you started a business so you could have time and location freedom, but it has crept its way into every corner of your life.
All you know right now is that you crave something different than what society prescribes: School. Job. Better Job. Car. House. Marriage. Job Upgrade. Baby. Car Upgrade. House Upgrade.
- Know that you can’t keep up this frantic pace forever
- Are looking for a way to work and live in a way that revolves around the lifestyle you envision—and not around the corporate grind
- Have tangible skills, but you’re not sure how to turn those into a business
- Know that what you’ve got going now isn’t the life you want to build, and you need help from someone who’s been there
- Have a drive inside you to get out and go places…
You’re in the right place, friend. If you feel like your work is crushing you, you’re not alone. There is a different way.
I’m Madelaine Corke, and I’m here to help you get the clarity and confidence you need to take a leap and create the business and lifestyle you dream of. I’m a Small Business Lifestyle Consultant who helps men and women design businesses that support alternative lifestyles through systems and automations, plus the more intangible vision and mindset work.
Like many of you, I spent years working in corporate, doing all the things that society told me I should be doing. I was climbing the ladder, getting headhunted with job offers, and achieving what others viewed as success.
And I was miserable. I finally realized that I didn’t want to be on that ladder in the first place. I was burnt out on corporate, and I bailed. A couple times.
After I quit the 9 to 5 grind in pursuit of time freedom and location independence, I ventured into online business—starting a virtual executive assistant business and co-founding Create Your Laptop Life. While I was successful in both of those roles, I eventually looked around and realized . . . I was on that damn ladder again. Both businesses had become remote 9 to 5 positions, which didn’t align with the vision I had for my life: flexibility, a 2-3 day work week, travelling, and the ability to work remotely.
These days, I work with women on a deep, intimate level to help them launch a new business or structure an existing one in a way that supports the lifestyle they desire. I love helping my clients:
- Take their tangible skills and morph them into consulting offers.
- Create actionable plans and systems to build a manageable business that earns the revenue they need.
- Work through mindset issues that come along with breaking out of the societal mold.
- Move past procrastination and overwhelm and get clarity so that they’re ready to conquer their goals.
On days I’m not working, you can find me hanging out with my corgis (yes, the I have two!), gardening, biking, or finding other excuses to be outside. My husband is a freelance video editor and rescuer of marine animals, and we have some big, crazy goals for being location independent for ⅓ of the year, escaping the cold Nova Scotia winters, and travelling to unique locations while continuing to work remotely.
Nothing in nature is straight, and the same is true for our paths in life.
You’re not meant to live by some formula that society concocted. You don’t have to apologize for creating a lifestyle that allows you to spend time doing things you love with the people you love. A life that you’ll look back on when you’re 90 and celebrate.
I don’t want the linear, corporate ladder to the top. I’d rather hike a mountain—picking berries, jumping in waterfalls, and experiencing life to its fullest as I follow a wild, winding path to my summit.
What kind of life do you want to build for yourself? If you want to get off the ladder and enjoy the journey, too, let’s chat.