From tiny ember to magnificent bonfire by Trina Hinkley

From tiny ember to magnificent bonfire

by Trina Hinkley

In my late 20s, I had it all. Nice house with a great view of the mountains, husband, motorcycle business, children.

Many people thought we were the perfect couple and had a great life … and I was miserable.

I felt like the very essence of who I was had been diminished to the tiniest memory of a flame, and that flame was in the middle of a vast darkness encased in a massive cage. (I know that’s a bit odd … you can’t really encase darkness in a big bird’s cage … but that’s exactly how I felt!)

I knew I wanted to shine brightly. I knew life had more to offer … that I had more to offer. I knew there was so much more that I could gain from life than the things I’d collected around me. Those things included social approval because I was ticking the boxes other people thought I should tick. I had no idea what my life could look like because I was so lost in that infinite darkness of my then reality.

So I walked out. I took my kids, my car and my computer (a cumbersome desktop thingy in those days). And I left. I had no money, no home, no job and two tiny children – 18 months and 3 years of age – to raise. I felt like my life was a failure.

More than that, I had no clue who I was.

Maybe you can identify with this?

Maybe you’re feeling lost, disappointed, wanting something different from life

Maybe you feel like you give so much of yourself to others that there’s nothing left for you?

Maybe you’re looking to explore yourself more?

Fast forward a couple of decades of roller coaster adventures. That last tiny ember that was all that was left of my essence is now burning brightly. Sometimes, it feels like an amazing bonfire fuelling me.

Since then, I managed to earn myself a PhD in behaviour change. I have married that with delicious practices from Eastern traditions and the richness of Australian Aboriginal wellness and earth connection practices. This beautiful combination provides the three pillars of the work I do to support you to awaken and expand the essence of who you are.

Join me for a one-day workshop as I walk you through some of the secrets to Awaken YOUR Essence.

I believe to really achieve something, we need to build a solid foundation first.

Imagine a huge crane on a dodgy concrete base – sooner or later it will fall over, wreaking havoc.

Let’s build your foundation, so you can reach for the stars.

In the Awaken YOUR Essence workshop, you will:

  • Find out what’s really important to you – these become your foundation.
  • Learn how to make practical, manageable changes that you can maintain – you won’t set goals. Instead, I’ll guide you how to make small changes that you can build on.

Learn practices that will nourish you and that you can take home to keep on nourishing you. These solidify your foundation and provide the nourishment for your essence to shine brightly.

Come along to this one day workshop to Awaken YOUR Essence. Build your foundation and turn your ember into a bonfire.

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I’d love to connect with you. You can reach me at or on 0403 045 173.

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