Because it’s all about the journey
Courage is needed to trust your gut. Especially when so many think you’re crazy for going against the grain. Doing things differently. If you’re interested in comfort, might as well stop reading now. Is our life easy? Not at all. Have we pushed the limits of our relationship, pocket book, and sanity to transform? Yes. We’ve taken buses to dream days with only $100 left to our names and slept on friend’s and families couches more times than I can count. Not to mention the loans and family support. I’ve quit more than once, only to change my mind the next day.
Why? Something in me kept saying, “Don’t give up, take one more step.” And, always, at the right time something needed would appear. Imminent failures magically avoided at that last moment.
The first few years were exciting but hard. “50 pounds or less” is our running joke because that’s the extent of our belongings – 50 pounds each. If we go over, we’re punished by the airlines with a baggage penalty. Keeping us (and the bags) in check. Downsizing from owning a house, car and all life’s standard fixings takes a bit of getting used to. Never knowing where the money might come from or where we might be sleeping from one night to next isn’t for the faint of heart. A faith guided tightrope balancing act.
Today, life on the road is normal for us. Things we once considered disasters are now opportunities to learn more about ourselves. But we had to learn to walk before we could run into this new life. With this new balance, we now surf the waves of life, going with the flow. Trusting in ourselves and the spirit within. Trusting in the momentum we’ve created. We believe giving its own reward. This perceptive shift has allowed the flow of giving to cycle its way back. Instant karma is real whether you believe it or not.
This homeless journey all began with a wish-granting driving tour from Montreal to Miami, Miami to LA, and LA to Vancouver. With about 40 stops in between. Soon after, we created the I Am Genie foundation, followed by an egotistical desire to bring peace on earth before settling into being content with inner peace.
Reminding me now of Rumi’s quote “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Dream days soon became wish weeks and what we were doing began to attract the attention of some people involved in TV. Then came our events with spiritual leaders Dr Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Gabrielle Bernstein, James Van Praagh and Marianne Williamson. We evolved. Happiness quickened by living moment to moment.
Has it made us stronger? Yes. Have we followed our dreams? Totally. Would I change a thing? Nope. Because everything we’ve done has led us here. To this book. I give you this true story in the hope you find yours. I believe Oscar Wilde words “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Let’s be rare together and remember Dr. Seuss’ advice “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Let’s begin making that smile of yours a little wider.
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Meet the team
Genie, Dad, Lover of Life. Josh received his Bachelor of Commerce in International Marketing in 1998 and sold his first business to Canada’s largest travel company at age 30. Throughout his career, Josh has travelled the world extensively living in Canada, America, Australia, Ireland and England.
Although avoiding the use of traditional labels, Joshua has amassed a diverse, unconventional (and certainly odd) roster: TEDx presenter, writer, entrepreneur, stock trader, marketer, Thai scuba diver, race car driver, fighter jet pilot, and principle investment advisor.
As a real-life Genie, he spends most his days on the road granting wishes. A gypsy by nature, this fun-loving Genie is on a mission – to celebrate life with light, one wish at a time.
Mrs. Genie, Artist and island hippy girl at heart, Ingrid’s life experiences are rather unique. At the age of 5 she’d meditate to feel the heartbeat of ancient trees and spent hours in solitude writing letters to God.
A true lover of nature and animals, Ingrid proclaimed at the age of 6 she would be farmer, had her own baby deer, and grew a veggie garden. Having travelled extensively around the world, Ingrid has had some incredible experiences which include motorbiking across Southern India, deep water diving in the beautiful Bahamas, painting in South Africa, camel back riding in Egypt and party coordinating in Japan.
Ingrid is the most fulfilled when she is travelling around the world with her main squeeze, Joshua Dawson. Together they are on a mission, to help others in need, shine their light, and bring joy to the world.