{Podcast 002} Alana Helbig: free-spirited gypsy and She Makes Magic co-founder

Alana Helbig, She Makes Magic co-founder

Alana’s always been an epically positive influence in my life, but perhaps never more so than in the past couple of years. The courageous change she’s embraced lately is pretty bloody extraordinary.

So I’m super stoked that my dear older sister, bestie and fellow She Makes Magic creator — Alana Helbig — is sharing her story on the podcast today.

Five years ago, Alana started feeling like her life just wasn’t quite right somehow. Everything in her life didn’t seem to fit anymore: her job, her university studies, her toxic relationship with drugs and alcohol, even her sexuality.

Then her five-year relationship ended. Struggling to let go, Alana threw herself into a monumental journey of healing and for the first time in her life, began to truly own who she is.

Now Alana’s on a hunt for her true passion and purpose. And she’s taken a giant leap of faith to find it: this year she quit her corporate job in Brisbane, packed her life into Walter the Campervan and headed off on an epic “journey of soul discovery” around Australia — all alone.

It’s truly inspiring stuff, especially because this interview catches Alana right at the beginning of her trip, right in the beautiful free-fall that comes just after the leap.

In this interview, Alana and I talk about:

+ Embracing change when you’re not even sure what your calling or passion is.

+ How she financially budgeted for her epic nine-month, 30,000-kilometre campervanning journey around Australia.

+ How she faces the fear of not knowing what’s coming next, after the trip ends.

+ Using meditation and journalling to make sense of troubling thoughts and trigger points — and to activate creativity.

+ Her number one healing modality, which took her from a deeply depressed mess to truly owning who she is.

+ Why she believes following your passion can help heal the world.

+ How taking risks can be fulfilling.

+ Why truly knowing yourself is essential to living a successful, soulful life.

+ And a whole bunch more.

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My favourite quote from Alana’s interview is…

Alana Helbig's "fear is fearful" quote

Resources Alana mentions in this interview:

+ Sexuality, dark fears and great truths — Alana’s blog post sharing her sexuality story.

5 reasons why journaling will rock your world — Alana’s epic blog post on how to harness the power of journalling.

+ Nicole Mathieson, intimacy coach and kinesiologist.

+ Belinda Davidson’s School of the Modern Mystic and Guided Chakra Cleanse.

Connect with Alana at:

What’s your biggest take-away from this conversation with Alana? Share it with us in the comments below.

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14 Responses to {Podcast 002} Alana Helbig: free-spirited gypsy and She Makes Magic co-founder

  1. Katie Amero May 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    I’m exactly in the same place as you are with my searching thanks for sharing

    • Alana May 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

      Hello fellow soul-searcher! Isn’t the journey fun (if not a little frustrating)? So glad you found something in the interview that resonated. I think it’s good to talk about this stuff because, I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find myself getting incredibly sad and feeling terribly alone that I just haven’t found that ‘thing’ (whatever that thing is) yet. When someone says to me “follow your passion” I just want to bop them in the eye. Haha. Feel free to flick me an email any time, Katie if you wanna talk more or swap stories. xx

  2. Lauren Becker May 19, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Soul inspiring. I love this.
    I came to the exact same realisation a few yrs back and it’s absolutely freakin mind-blowing. Once you hear the song of your soul, your desire for that song repeatedly becomes overwhelming.
    Beautiful interview. Beautiful honesty. Beautiful vibrations.
    Follow your Bliss. It’s your magical wand in life <3

    Big Love to you Soulful Sisters.
    Thankyou for sharing <3 🙂

    • Alana May 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

      “Follow your bliss. It’s your magical wand of life”. Beautiful! Just popped over to your facey page. I see you graduated from kinesiology school this year. Oh my! How exciting! How did you find it? This is something I have actually been considering when I return from my trip next year. xx

      • Lauren Becker May 20, 2015 at 10:52 am #

        Yes! I’m SO so very excited to be able to share such a unique element of life, to others.
        As I was listening to your podcats yesterday I found myself nodding my body in agreeance with your statement about it being your lifesaver during your time of “new phase”. I too literally stumbled upon this beautiful expression (5yrs ago), and it became my religion also. How did I find it? Confronting…challenging…mindblowingly more-ish…undressed all vulnerabilities….life-changing.
        The layers of life…of ourselves, are endlessly deep, and understanding WHY we react/are triggered by/ hold onto things is a miracle within itself.
        Whether it be for the reasons to help others in your next journey, or to help yourself dig deeper into yourself in your next step, the rewards are endless.
        When do you return from your trip?
        If you get to do it the support from others is

  3. Lauren Becker May 20, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Haha! Woops! Wrong button! 🙂
    Was just saying, the support and community of others on the same journey/wavelength/field I found to be the most important. So if you endup venturing in that direction,although I’m sure you’ll have your contacts,but I would love to help if ever you need anything. sometimes can be a whirlwind of emotions! 🙂
    Big Love xx

    • Alana May 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

      Wow! It sounds like kinesiology has really changed your life. Isn’t it just the most incredible modality? I’m not sure where I would be without it.
      I’m not sure when I return from my trip. Likely towards the end of this year, although I’m leaving myself open to any opportunities as they arise! And thank you for your kind offer of support. I always love to welcome more women in my life who have similar beliefs. You can never have too big a support network. Please stay in touch, lovely! Xx

  4. Sally May 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    I wish I had a campervan. Instead, I have a baby and endless hours with just her to think about her, where I am and where I have been. Before her, I got so bored with binge drinking, although I knew no other way to get over being shy. I always felt like I was missing something, like there was something more than was constantly just out of my reach. I was always searching and reading way too much into things. This resulted in a panic disorder, and my god, that sucks. Having a daughter didn’t help that- in fact last week I experienced a panic attack that scared the shit out of me. Since then, I’ve come to realise that I don’t need to read into things anymore. Finding meaning serves no purpose because it just is. It is all it is and it doesn’t need to be anything else. I’m always where I need to be. ‘Let be be the finale of seem.’ And with that, a great burden is lifted. It’s funny what realisations we come to on our little journeys of stardust. One day we’ll get a campervan and I’ll show her the world. Thank you for sharing. xx

    • Alana May 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Sally, what a beautiful realisation to come to. Sometimes, I feel, we need the hard times to help us understand ourselves better and to really integrate these kinds of realisations, otherwise they might not be so powerful. Still, knowing this doesn’t always make it easy. Thank you for sharing your story here, too. Loads of magical love heading your way. Xx

  5. Konstanze June 10, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Girls, another beautiful, inspiring interview! Thank you! It’s so good to hear, when there are likeminded souls out there. I’m also at the point of searching for my “calling”. After school I learned in a bank for rational reasons and it was so not my world. After that I studied literature and history to become a teacher, got pregnant in the middle, and could not imagine going back to university. Now I have two awesome kids of 8 and 4. I joined a year – long School of herbal medicine and after that a year-long in Aromatherapy. Two great years in which I learned so much, but still not knowing where ist my f* place…I think I’m a talented, intuitive person with soooo many interests. (Too many?) I totally can relate to your feelings, Alana. And I also trust in my way and belive that life will show and lead me. My experience in the last year, when my husband got a burn-out is really “trust your heart and body, also when your mind freaks out and people think you are crazy” and “all things fall into place”.
    There are often nights when I get all frightend and I ask myself “how will this all work out?” But there is this little voice in me, every time saying “Trust. It will. And the sun will rise again tomorrow.”
    Thanks again for your sharing and your honesty.
    Is there a possibility to send you a postcard in real life? Like a postbox or something similar? You can e-mail me on privat, if you are open to it.
    Wish you a wonderful week,
    Konstanze with greetings from Germany

    • Alana June 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

      Oh! Thank you for this little comment, Konstanze. What a journey you have been on. Isn’t it funny how, for some of us, we have to try all these different things before we discover what is right for us. It’s almost like we need to know what we don’t want in order to finally know what we do. I love your views on trusting. That is such a big one for me and has been so for the last couple of years. Boy, this trip is really teaching me a lot about trust. It’s very easy to fall back into the standard way of thinking and forget the magic of the Universe. For me, this requires constant practice to choose trust over fear. I would love a postcard! I don’t have a fixed address at the moment though so you would need to send it to my parents to hold for me. If you think that will work, flick me an email at hello@shemakesmagic.com. xx


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