I’m Paige and I create and manage things here at Simple Mindfulness.
I’m a 48 year old wife, mother of three awesome kids, writer, entrepreneur, mentor, yogini and finance executive. We live in the mountains outside of Colorado Springs, CO with our domestic cats, dog and mountain lions.
I’m incredibly lucky to have the life I do.
I have spent over 20 years as a financial executive. After my first seven years in Corporate America, I wondered if that was what I was supposed to do with the rest of my life. The intuitive answer was a resounding NO but I didn’t know what the answer was.
So I dropped out, put all of my things in storage and packed up my Jeep with some essentials and followed the voice in my head that said, “Go west and do something with horses.” My logical mind asked, “Where west and do what with horses?” And the voice wisely answered, “You go figure it out.” And off I went.
Stepping Into The Unknown
Growing up in New Orleans then moving to Boston for college and the beginning of my career, I was a “city girl” who never spent much time outdoors (ew! dirt and bugs!). So, logically, the first step in the adventure was to live in a tent outside of Jackson Hole for a month and a half and learn how to be an outfitter (it’s west and horses, right?).
It was an amazing and inspiring experience learning how to live in the woods, hunting (for photos, not heads), fishing, packing horses, cooking over a fire… I learned all new levels of self-sufficiency. But it wasn’t “it.”
From there I managed a dude ranch in northern Colorado where I met my husband who managed a nearby wildlife center. While the dude ranch wasn’t “it,” it was closer.
The next step was working at a local university’s equine program on the feed crew, caring for a few hundred horses and working with a trainer learning how to start horses.
While working with the trainer, I received a call to train a horse for a local equine therapy program. Here I was exposed to a variety of therapies where horses are used to work with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. I was hooked and continued to volunteer with this facility and others over the ensuing years.
Serendipitously, my cousin gave me the book The Tao of Equus by Linda Kohanov which opened my eyes to the possibilities of the miraculous ways horses and people can work together. I found “it.”
During this time I also realized how good I felt spending time helping others. It fed my soul.
Why Simple Mindfulness?
I started this blog to help others find more happiness and achieve their dreams.
During my life I’ve dealt with a lot of crap (divorce-twice, job loss, bankruptcy, family struggles, relationship issues). Some of this had to hit me over the head multiple times before I finally got the message.
Over a decade ago I started practicing yoga and meditating. This allowed me to slow down, calm the chattering in my head and begin to hear the wise voice of my True Self. By tuning in, getting the messages and acting on them one baby step at a time, I am now living my dream life.
I continue to work as a financial executive as my day job. I have time freedom and have learned to simplify my life as I move toward financial freedom.
With all that I’ve been through, I know that anything really is possible if you want it badly enough.
This is why my passion is to support and work with as many people as possible to guide them along their path to living their own version of the good life.
Let me know how I can support you in your journey.
I can be contacted at Paige [at] PaigeBurkes [dot] com or (719) 661-2306.
You can read a little more about me at The Native Society.
Hear the story of my journey on the Join Up Dots podcast! http://bit.ly/jud-465 David and I discuss what was going on in my head when I left a great job in Boston to venture west and into the unknown to create the life of my dreams. We also discuss my approach to life that anyone can adopt that keeps me happy. Check it out HERE!
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