In 1999 James left his home, his family and a successful career in Australia to try and break into the fast paced world of photography in New York City.
Unfortunately the timing for his leap of faith couldn’t have been worse. When James finally did find an agent after not working for more than a year he thought his luck had changed. Eighteen months later that agent declared bankruptcy, stole almost a years worth of his earnings and fled the city. Soon after he watched in horror as the September 11 World Trade Center disaster literally unfolded before his eyes.
“Those were dark, dark days.” James confides as he opens up with raw honesty. “I was depressed, defeated and filled with despair as I watched was left of my savings and self-confidence dwindle.”
Then one day he made the fateful decision that would change his life: he splurged $65 he didn’t have on a small, luxurious berry-scented candle. The high-end candle represented the life that he really wanted to live and each day he would use a simple ritual to connect to what that candle symbolized. He proceeded to upgrade other small objects in his tiny studio apartment like his bedding, towels and even his toilet paper.
Against all odds, James’ practice of focusing on the small symbols of the life he wanted to create started to turn his life around.
What began with a small Parisian candle flourished into a dream life as an award-winning and world-renown photographer, filmmaker and activist.
The results? Peace of mind, greater professional achievements, better health/well-being, financial abundance and a loving relationship – things you are likely seeking, too.