Every week, we are bringing you a new Goddess Rising interview, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing words of wisdom and advice to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.
This week, we have Skye Gilkeson from The Fit Traveller!
Skye Gilkeson is a journalist and a health, wellness and luxury travel expert. She is the Founder and Editor of The Fit Traveller (www.thefittraveller.com.au), an online hub that showcases the best in wellness, gastronomy, fashion and luxury travel from around the globe. Follow her on Instagram (@thefittraveller, @skyegilkeson), Twitter (@thefittravellr), and Facebook for more tips, tricks and healthy travel inspiration.
Passion Yoga School: Hi Skye! Thanks so much for joining us! First off, how do you use your work as a spiritual tool?
Skye Gilkeson: I really believe you need to pursue what you love to really lead a fulfilling professional and personal life. When you truly take a chance on creating a career out of a passion; something that motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning, something you want to share with others and something that helps you grow and become a happier human, there's nothing more spiritually fulfilling than that. For me, travel and wellness have always made me feel like the best version of myself. They both push my mental and physical limits, boost my confidence and help me to thrive. The Fit Traveller combines those passions so my work has now become a way for me to stay spiritually connected to something in a very authentic way.
PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.
Skye: I became quite ill in my late 20s. I had been pushing myself with consistent full time study alongside full time work, long hours and overnight shift work for many years and it finally caught up with me. Falling ill forced me to re-evaluate what I was doing and more importantly why I was doing it.
As an A-type personality and perfectionist, losing control of my health, my body and effectively my life for a time was one of the most challenging things I've ever faced, emotionally and physically. It made me angry. It made me sad and I felt like a failure in many ways. But ultimately it made me put my health and wellbeing first again and that lead me back to a place where I wanted to inspire others to do the same.
If I hadn't have fallen sick I may not have launched The Fit Traveller and be cultivating a life that benefits my body, mind and spirit as well as others I hope.
PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?
Skye: I am very self deprecating and critical. I try to watch my self-talk and the way I talk about myself in front of other people. It is definitely something that takes constant conscious attention, but I think being aware of the impact of it in the first place is a great step towards changing it.
PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?
Skye: Back yourself. If there is something that you really love to do, something that you would regret not doing if your life were cut short, it is probably something that you should pursue.
Be patient. Particularly when you are pursuing the road less travelled in terms of growing a business, undertaking a creative endeavour or something very unique and personal to you, it won't necessarily come easily, nor will the income. But hopefully the process is one that is enjoyable enough to keep you motivated beyond those initial humps.
Don't believe everything you read/hear. When you are chasing a dream, particularly not in the mainstream, you will find many people have advice for you. Take all of it with a grain of salt. Be grateful, be thankful but ultimately follow your own intuition.
PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?
Skye: Unfortunately, it changes daily as I am travelling full time and I have been now for 10 months.
My ideal day will begin with some kind of exercise; a run, a walk, a HIIT session and often a coffee. I love coffee and it's a morning ritual that my husband and I share together. We talk about the day, our travels, our goals over a morning cuppa.
I try to get some kind of writing or photo editing done everyday. Anything creative is spiritual to me.
I am working at nurturing a meditation practice. It is something I haven't developed consistently yet, but I am working on it.
I also experiment with journalling. It's something I used to do for many years and a habit I want to rekindle.
PYS: Who inspires you? Who should we interview next?
Skye: I have a lot of strong, inspirational women in my life, from my mother to my sister and great friends. They have all followed different paths in life but in one way or another they have inspired me in my own life.
I am inspired by the compassion and positivity my husband shows to me and everyone he meets everyday.
My family has always inspired me to work hard for what I want. They are some of the hardest working people I have met.
I am inspired by female business leaders like Arianna Huffington and people promoting accessible health and wellness like Sarah Wilson. Anyone who has overcome adversity inspires me and reminds me how amazing my life is.