I’m Ka Sundance and together with my wife Katie and our 6 kids, we’re The Sundance Family. We want to share our story with you, so you know where we’ve come from and how we got to where we are today.
When Katie and I first started out as a young family, we quickly came to realize that the ‘normal’ life, you know the one everyone tends to go for, 9-5, work hard until you retire, take a holiday once a year if you can afford it - that just wasn’t for us, and we really didn’t want that for our kids either.
THE QUEST BEGINS...
So one day, we just decided to leave our regular careers behind and follow more ethical pursuits. I guess we never put it into words back then, but what we were really looking for was a life that had deeper meaning, certainly with more purpose than the one we were living at the time - I’m sure you can relate to this.
SO ABOUT 8 YEARS AGO THIS WAS US:
We were working 3 jobs between us - Katie worked in a health food store and fair trade clothes shop, and I worked night shifts in a home for the elderly. And let me tell you, our life wasn’t fun! We worked so hard we barely got to see each other or our kids (we had 4 at the time).
To say we ‘struggled financially’ would be a complete understatement - we were literally struggling to survive! It felt like we were killing ourselves with work and yet, just putting food on the table was our mission.
Looking back, I can only describe that time in our lives as a very dark, empty place and I’d never ever want to go back there. It’s hard for me to even find the words to tell you just how sick of it we were!
The work never stopped, and still, there was never enough money. Somehow our life had turned into a massive struggle that was dragging us down a little more each day - it felt like a never-ending grind.
And what was it all for, really? We had absolutely nothing to show for it at the end of the day. All that hard work, the money issues - every day the same dull, repetitive, boring stuff - it was slowly but surely sucking us dry and crushing our souls...
YEAH, WE WERE STUCK
Life had become so unbearable, we felt like we just couldn’t carry on like that.
On the one hand we wanted to stay true to our ethical beliefs, but at the same time we also wanted to enjoy life. We wanted to feel fulfilled in our careers, to make good money, to have enough time to be with our children and see them grow up.
We just didn’t know what to do! It seemed like the only option we had, was to go back to our old careers. It wasn’t what we wanted at all, but we were really desperate.
THE WAKE UP CALL THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES
Well, what we realized then shocked us so much that, believe me, we’ll never forget that day. We worked out that even if we returned to our old life, we’d barely make more money than what we were making now!
We’d earn just enough to cover the basics - there’d be no extra money, not even enough to treat our kids to a nice holiday. Even worse, there was no end in sight - we’d have to work and live like that until we were old!
AND THAT WAS OUR WAKE UP CALL. Living that awful life until we were completely spent and too old to enjoy anything - that just wasn’t an option!
LIFE JUST CAN’T GO ON LIKE THIS!
We didn’t know how we’d turn things around, we didn’t know where to start, but we knew one thing for sure: Life just can’t go on like this! We felt like we were in a prison, desperately asking, “How do we get out? Where do we turn? What do we do?”
MAKING A START
We thought about it and realized that the one thing we could realistically and immediately do, was to work on ourselves, so we decided to look into spirituality and healing work. We read books on mindset, manifestation, and affirmation. We watched films like “The Secret” and we discovered Yoga and meditation.
Something was telling us we’d started down the right track and these were the first little baby steps, but we still didn’t have a clue about how we could change our situation in life.
...THEN, THE PENNY DROPPED!
It was then, that a random comment by someone pointed us in the right direction. We were really passionate about our raw food lifestyle and we’d often talk about it, so one day we found ourselves explaining the benefits to a friend and when she pointed out just how excited and enthusiastic we were about the topic - then, the penny dropped!
This was our passion, this was what we’d spent years doing and developing as a family - this was what we really knew about and could help other people with!
Out of nowhere, our mission appeared right in front of our eyes: teaching people about raw food, its benefits, easy ways to prepare it, and how to make it taste delicious for the whole family to enjoy!
WE LEARNED THE HARD WAY
We got started right away, creating eBooks, blogging, posting recipes and photos… We put our all into it, but boy was it tough!
Slowly though, we learned through trial and error what worked and what didn’t. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel made us stronger, even though life was still difficult.
It took a long time and our stress levels went through the roof, but we persevered and eventually we got to the point where we were making enough money to quit our jobs.
It felt so good to finally be able to spend our time and energy on what we enjoyed doing, and all while helping people and giving our customers genuine value for their money!
REACHING OUT FOR HELP
But we weren’t quite there yet, and it was another realization we had then, that turned out to be a real game changer: It became clear to us that we couldn’t do it all by ourselves.
What we really needed was an experienced coach who could guide us, help us stay on the ball, and not lose ourselves in this process. So we reached out for help and were lucky enough to find a great coach, who was there to motivate and inspire us through the rough patches and low points.
We also met lots of amazing people, who had chosen the same path as us, and that community really helped us to keep going on a personal level.
Those who’d made it and were now living their dream life were there for us too, and they’d encourage us to hang in there saying “See, it’s possible! You can do this too!”
GETTING CLOSER TO THE GOAL!
A bit at a time, life got better. It became clearer and clearer to us what our calling was and what we wanted our life to look like.
We’d also learned through experience which healing techniques worked best and how to actually make them part of our daily routine. What we had been doing without realizing it, was laying the foundation for our very own coaching system. Our own journey had taught us what worked and what didn’t, so we had a real, solid system that anyone could follow.
And that’s when we had our next ‘light bulb’ moment!
THE MOVE THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES FOR GOOD
We took all the knowledge about nutrition and lifestyle choices we’d accumulated over the years, and we combined it with our own tried and tested healing methods. What we ended up with was our very first purpose-designed business as nutrition coaches!
Looking back, that was the move that ultimately changed our lives. Everything we’d worked so hard for and that meant so much to us was now all of a sudden coming together. Things just started to flow - it was as if the circle had closed.
We didn’t realize it immediately, but the days of hard toil and grinding labor were finally over!
AND LIFE NOW?
Fast forward a couple of years and our Facebook page has literally exploded with over 500,000 fans, we’ve reached over 100,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel, and we have the kind of income we’d never even dreamed of achieving!
Our favorite part though, the thing that really confirms to us that we’ve arrived at our destination, is that we only work around 10 hours a week. And it gets even better, because we have complete freedom to choose when we want to work - we call the shots!
As Coaches for Authentic Online Business we now show people how to do what we did and help so many of them to completely turn their lives around.
WE ARE LIVING OUR DREAM!
Right now, we’re busy building our dream home along the beautiful coastline of Costa Rica together with our 6 kids.
When we’re not in Costa Rica or Germany, we explore the world as a family. We’ve travelled around Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA - something we never imagined we’d have the time and money to do! Spending time at beautiful resorts, private houses with pools, and amazing white beaches, is something we can now do as a family whenever we feel like it.
After where we’ve been and everything it took to get here, it feels absolutely amazing to be able to say, “We ARE living our dream!”
Just a few years ago we’d almost given up hope that our dreams would ever become a reality - that place just didn’t seem to exist, and if it did, it felt like it was impossible to get there.
Here we are, 8 years on from the beginning of our quest for a more happy, meaningful, and fulfilled life, and we can confidently and proudly say we’ve really done it - and not only that, but we’ve succeeded so far beyond what we thought was even possible!