(Updated July 2021)
I have loved the freedom and the adventure of living my life in new ways – ways where I have needed to move to, and experience, much higher levels of trust, guidance, and resilience in my life.
As I move through 2021, I am still enjoying living my life in ways that give me more choice and options.
Apart from being a professional house sitter, I am also a Professional Life Coach, former long term public servant, casual government contractor, qualified community services worker, passionate fisherman, writer, blogger, author, minimalist, and a handy gardener as well – amongst many other things I seem to find myself doing in my life.
(See ‘My Services‘ on the Home Page for more information about this, and how I might be able to be of service to you).
At the end of 2014 I decided to leave a wonderful workplace and career in the Tasmanian Government in the Department of Treasury and Finance. After more than 10 years working in the Liquor and Gaming Branch in both the Operations and the Compliance teams, I decided that I needed to change up a few things in my life (one of the catalysts for that decision being a bowel operation in 2014 – reminding me that I wasn’t quite as bullet proof as I thought I was) as I approached the age of fifty.
It was much more than that though, as I genuinely wanted to break new ground, and experience new ways of being in, and seeing the world. For me, life has always been much, much more than 9 to 5 and the expectations and assumptions that go with it.
Conventional living, as wonderful and comfortable as it is, can be stifling and repetitive at times. The need for safety and security, although important, can paralyse us from taking risks or truly living our lives. And living means taking risks…as I continue to find out.
Despite the fact that I would be experiencing different ways of living without the security or the certainty that goes with it, I knew that this change was much more aligned to my values and aspirations, and a wonderful way to further develop my spirituality, life coaching, and my writing.
For someone as relatively free spirited, and as free thinking as I am, I simply needed to experience more and test myself in new ways. Prior to this change, I was comfortable but restless. The simple fact was that following the well worn path of career, was not ticking all the boxes for me, at least at that point in my life.
In short, I wanted to further develop my resilience, intuition, and instinct. I wanted to create new pathways of living and experiencing the world – spoken perhaps like a true coach! But then by my own admission, I don’t like to define myself too much with any label/s too tightly – labels change… and so do I.
[To put the above (and me) into a little more context perhaps, I value IQ, I really value EQ – and then there is SQ. For me SQ is the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is what drives me on a deeper level. That said, I don’t like any intelligence measure/s or numbers associated to people – they are limiting.]
Throughout the following year (2015) I decided to travel throughout the UK doing Workaway (similar to Woofing – see my ‘Travel Testimonials’ on the Testimonials drop down menu to read about it) in Ireland, Wales and England.
I was also fortunate enough to spend several months in the beautiful Isles of Scilly during this time doing both Workaway and working on the other side of the bar (my previous role in Treasury had been working for 10 years as a Liquor and Gaming Compliance Inspector where I audited licensees and directed proceedings in front of the bar). An interesting and valuable experience.
I returned to Tasmania for Christmas 2015 with an open mind to what was next for me. My intent and vision to keep creating new ways of living and to continue trusting in life….without floaties so to speak, meant that I needed to keep open to opportunities – and to create them.
In simple terms, I continued living my free range lifestyle fully self funded and independent of, and from, structured secure day to day employment, and the safety net. I then created my house sitting business, and further developed my coaching to also include live in one on one coaching experiences.
One of my mantras in life is to keep open to possibilities….and never say never. Life changes – and so do I. It is reassuring and life affirming, to have a number of gears and approaches to work from.
Life certainly has changed dramatically for me since making the decision to transition to new ways of living. I have learned, given, and received so much during this journey – experiencing new levels of resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability in my life.
At the end of 2017 after 3 years of living life without a car, I decided to buy another one. The business attire, at least in between contracts, is now in storage. Shorts and a T shirt are my preferred dress code whenever possible these days.
Most of my wardrobe now fits into a backpack, and the home base is now wherever I happen to find myself. It is probably fair to say I live a very carbon footprint friendly lifestyle!
During the last 6 years, I have slept in more beds and places (I stopped counting past 50…), lived with dozens of people, eaten all manner of foods, and shared all kinds of stories and ways of living. The old fundamental routines of conventional living were literally thrown out the window as change became the constant. Its been refreshing and challenging. The result, as I had hoped, is a greater level of appreciation, gratitude and acceptance for what life provides and reveals.
I’ve slept in caravans, in tents, on ferries, on beaches, buses and trains, in cars, couches, sheds, on floors, a park bench in a Churchyard, and even in a yurt! I have also been fortunate enough to stay in some very beautiful and luxurious places and surroundings – the contrast of my life during this time has been significant! I’ve also met some very interesting people along the journey.
Importantly, this experience has helped me generate more ideas, experience new ways of living, and it has opened up new possibilities for me in creating a lifestyle.
House sitting and pet sitting, for now at least, fits into this new way of living – hence the moves into it, and in developing this business and website.
A little more about me:
I am also the creator and cocreator of a number of self development and coaching programs. I have over 30 years experience in the field of personal, spiritual and self development – it is a major passion and a way of life for me.
I have also written and narrated my Instinctive Living self help series of ebooks and audio books that are available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
As mentioned earlier, I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). My earlier studies involved attaining an Associate Diploma of Social Science in Community Services (Welfare Studies).
I also spent a year in Fremantle Western Australia studying Fishing Operations and Aquaculture – another time in my life where I followed my passions and curiosity. You can also add dozens of the usual (and unusual) self development and professional development courses many of us seem to accumulate throughout our lives.
A philosophy of mine is to keep adding value and to constantly improve service delivery wherever I find myself. The ultimate aim and intention being to facilitate a process where individuals empower themselves to take action that serves their businesses and the community. This fits not only with the way I work generally in a conventional working sense, it also strongly represents my life coaching philosophy.
I keep fit and healthy with regular gym workouts. I regularly fast/intermittent fast, and meditation is an important part of my life. Cycling and walking are also a big part of my lifestyle. Health and fitness is important to me. I live and advocate developing and creating a lifestyle, and a work life balance, that is aligned to personal values – living a life that works for you in other words.
My life long passion is fishing. I love to spend time in and around coastal and natural environments. I can often be found fishing a coastline or wandering and exploring a beach… in between looking for birds and animals… and fish of course!
I love gardening, writing, blogging, creating and learning…in fact I love a lot about life.
I live the life and the values I advocate and write about. Selling up and giving away a lot of my possessions, grabbing a backpack, and living life on the road, certainly has been a very valuable experience.
For now, this way of living is the life I choose. Next week…? I am always open to opportunity. Many of us fail to understand or recognise that with effort and intention, we can consciously and deliberately change our lives – if we choose to.
In fact, after 80 months living and travelling on the road so to speak since November 2014, I have rented for only 3 months of that time – that time coinciding with requirements for a government work contract.
*If you would like to learn more about what I do, and how I can help you, and your business, you can contact me here.
*Craig Hedge is a Professional house sitter and pet sitter based in Hobart (nipaluna), Tasmania, Australia.
He is also a Professional Coach and author of the Instinctive Living self help ebook and audiobook series available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.