I grew up, like millions of young children here in Australia have, as the daughter of immigrants who migrated here to Australia from a little tropical island in the middle of the Indian ocean, called Mauritius.
My parents came here for a better life, as newly weds taking a huge leap of faith, leaving their families behind at home. They worked hard to set up a new life for themselves. Over time, they were then joined by most of their brothers and sisters, who also decided to move out here to Australia.
Our life revolved around volleyball, soccer and lots of Mauritian parties. I have such fond memories of eating, dancing and drinking at these get togethers, which brought so much joy to my life. Our Mauritian family & friends, were a huge part of my parent’s support network here in Australia.
The eldest of 3 children (2 girls,1 boy), we had a pretty care free existence, right up until the time of 7, where I sadly witnessed my younger sister be hit by a car at one of my parent’s volleyball matches. This was traumatic time for all of us, especially my sister and completely changed the way we lived our lives. My sister thank god; survived this tragic accident, almost losing her lower left leg; but with the amazing medical care she received and with the support of our close family friends, in due course life resumed back to normal for us.
Manifesting my hubby into my life (YES, I did indeed do this) – not long after retiring from soccer, I knew I really wanted to get married and create a family of my own. I knew the power of manifesting through my sporting career, and thought I’d give it a shot – what did I have to lose? So I wrote down in my journal all the qualities I was looking for in my soul mate for life and then got on with my life.
A few months later, after being invited to an election party of all things (truth be told, I was living on my own at the time, and didn’t want to spend another Saturday night home alone), I remember having an internal conversation with myself, that went something like this….
“Feel like going out tonight Kaye?”
“So, you’re going to spend another Saturday night, home alone, with doritos and sweet chilli and sour cream dip for dinner?”
“You are never ever going to meet anyone, sitting at home alone in front of the TV, so put some clothes on, and go out with your friends”
I never in my wildest dreams, believed I would meet someone that night.
Little did I know my life was about to change forever. There weren’t very many people at this party, which forced all of us to chat and I remember listening to this one guy talk whom I found quite funny .. I remember also liking his shoes – It was all about the shoes for me back then.
I found later that he had no intention of staying long at this party because he had another party to go to…He never did make it to his second party that night.
Later that night he asked for my number, and almost twenty years later, we’ve proven what a great team we are riding the highs and lows in our life together, and guess what?
He still makes me laugh (thank God).
I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mum, I don’t know why, it was just a feeling deep in my gut, which guided me to stay at home with my children, when they were young. It felt like the right thing for myself and my family. I was not to know, how bloody hard it would be, and yet in hindsight, it was one of the most rewarding times in my life.
Looking after my daughters, whilst my hubby, worked hard to provide for us, also sparked my deep journey and interest in, mindset, intuition, well-being and spirituality.
I used this time at home with my daughters, to keep learning and signed up for many online courses, to better myself and to help learn how to provide an amazing quality of life for my family.
I never do things in halves, and being a high achiever, devoting myself to being an amazing mama is one of my priorities in my life, still to this day.
When you become a mum, you start to realise that life is much bigger than yourself. The miracle of birthing a child, is enough, to make you realise that there is a much deeper meaning to our lives, and for me, this was enough, to go looking for this deeper meaning, and I’m still deep into this journey today…..
I was born into a sporty family so playing sport was a no brainer in my house.
In fact my mum and dad were both talented volleyballers, and mum played volleyball up to 8 months pregnant with me. Then at 6 weeks of age, she and dad tucked me into my bassinet and we hopped on a train from Sydney to Cairns, to play in a volleyball competition.
I grew up on volleyball courts and soccer fields, and so it was no surprise that I was keen to pull on a pair of football boots just like my dad and my little brother did. The only thing standing between me and my desire to kick a footy, was my mum. She was hesitant at first to let her daughter play soccer, because back then not many girls played soccer.
I was lucky then (or was it written in the stars), when one day, whilst watching my brother play a club official was walking around searching for girls for their girls soccer team. My mum was still hesitant but saw the excitement in my eyes and let me jump on the field right there and then, and I never looked back. I went on to score my very first goal in my very first game, and my sporting career was born.
In the next 15 years, soccer became the main love in my life. Playing soccer brought a huge amount of joy into my life; as well as many friendships. My whole life pretty much revolved around my sporting commitments. My poor brother and sister were dragged to tournament after tournament, supporting me. Only now do I realise what a pain that would have been for them. There were hard times too, and in many ways playing soccer helped form my character as a person. I worked hard for many years as an elite athlete, earning representation at all levels here in Australia through the junior, youth and senior ranks.
In1999, struggling with the highs and lows that sport can bring, with a heaviness in my heart I hung up my boots, and moved into the next chapter of my life.
Learning when it’s time to say goodbye to something you love with all your heart is tough, but what I didn’t realise and probably couldn’t fathom at the time, was that life had much bigger plans for me.