Trish Tutton often speaks of a moment many of us have experienced. A moment that amid all the craziness, you find yourself coming up for air and realize you’re not living the life you want.
Your life is fine, but not exceptional, and you can’t exactly remember how you got here. You’re coasting.
Often these moments come with an unforeseen life event, something jarring that makes you take a real, critical look and examine where your life is at.
For Trish, this event came in the form of tragedy.
“On the verge of burnout, I lost my mom suddenly to breast cancer and things became clear: life is not about burning ourselves out to be successful,” she told us. “Success is being truly happy, and happiness is not created by overwhelm, it’s created from within.”
Trish was in a place where she did not feel like her life, her time, or her energy was her own.
“I spent years working in cultures that told me that to be successful and happy, I needed to be overworked, overwhelmed, burnt out and stressed out. I needed to give so much of my energy to work, that I had none left for what and whom I loved.”
When the loss of her mother made her question everything, she switched gears. “I chose to do things differently – to use the tools of mindfulness to slow down, to work happier, not harder.”
Now, Trish runs her own business, working as a Motivational Speaker and Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. She helps others find clarity about where they are, where they want to be, and what tools and gifts they possess to help them bridge the gap. This work also leads them to take a critical look at their lives before an unforeseen life event forces them to.
We chatted with Trish to get to know more about her, her work, and her daily wellness practices. If you’re interested in leading a more mindful, intentional life and leaving that unfulfilling, over-caffeinated hustle in the dust, get to know Trish, the mindfulness powerhouse you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Non-Negotiable Daily Practices
We’ve all got an array of things we do that we consider “wellness practices.” For some, it’s throwing on a seaweed face mask; for others, it’s a daily cup of green tea. Whether you practice yoga for wellness or simply try to give yourself a little social media break from time-to-time, everyone’s practices are valid and deserving of celebration.
The thing is, it isn’t always easy to be consistent. That’s why adopting some simple, but non-negotiable wellness daily practices, can be a total game-changer.
“My non-negotiable daily practices are a written gratitude practice and breath meditation every morning; daily movement (sometimes flow yoga, yin yoga, cardio workout, walking/hiking, SUP), and intuitive eating,” Trish explained.
“Daily pauses are also so simple and powerful. Maybe a pause to notice how I’m feeling or take a few deep breaths, a pause before responding in a conversation, or a pause in the warm sun to re-energize.”
If you’ve ever responded to a message without pausing first (we’ve all been there), a short, calming pause would have made a world of difference.
Use Everything in Your Tool Box
Before landing where we feel perfectly content, we tend to bounce around having different experiences, gaining new perspectives, and earning (seemingly random) credentials. Instead of looking at time spent as wasted, draw upon all of the tools you’ve acquired along the way. All of us have wildly different experiences, and our personal skills and learnings work together to make us unique and help us in our endeavours. You just need to think critically.
“My story of building my business is one that only makes sense now, looking back! I went to school for theatre, worked at a non-for profit coordinating logistics for the founders of the organization’s speaking engagements, and then managed logistics for conferences. I put all that knowledge together with my mindfulness training and now speak on conference stages across North America, sharing how mindfulness can help us work happier, not harder!”
This one’s a little more straightforward. Commit to being a life-long learner. Never stop growing, learning, and evolving. Be thirsty for information and stay curious. Pinpoint what is essential to you and seek knowledge and experience in those areas whenever and wherever possible.
“I’m deeply passionate about growth and evolution. As far as I know, we only get one shot at this life. I want to use it to learn as much about myself as I can and make the most of this journey of life. I’m passionate about reminding myself and others to make sure that you are prioritizing the IMPORTANT – not just the URGENT in life.”
That’s it, folks! Your three-step, uber-simplified guide to a more mindful and exceptional life.
Trish Tutton currently dwells in Banff, Alberta and is this week’s face of our tuja lives well series. Trish Tutton lives well, and she helps others do the same.
Thanks for being you, Trish ?