Leaving the hamster wheel of the corporate world

Brooke Nolly used to live the corporate lifestyle working for billion-dollar companies like Dropbox and Pinterest. Now she lives life on her own terms and is empowering others to do the same. We caught up with her to find out why being a self discovery coach is her calling.

Hey Brooke! Let’s start off with an easy one. What’s your ultimate dream in life?
My ultimate dream in life is to wake people up to their purpose. Our purposes are all different. The life most people are currently living is what has been “handed” to them, it’s not the life they truly want to cultivate.

So, you’ve had quite a crazy few years and you’ve left the corporate life behind to focus more on self discovery. Can you tell us about that? 
I have always been one to take life by the horns and take any and every opportunity that has come my way. From a young age I played competitive golf, I was an avid snowboarder, overachiever in school and eventually got a scholarship through my university AUT to head over to San Francisco to live and work.

What I found was I was somewhat running from the internal conflict that had erupted in my life. I had a trying and extremely toxic relationship with my dad and what was apparent is that “kind” of relationship was showing up in my work environments.

Brooke’s last workshops in New Plymouth sold out.

In order to be loved I felt I needed to achieve or be perfect and it’s a daily practice to shed this limiting belief. It didn’t matter where I went, I would have the “same kind of boss” that made my life miserable and hard.

I realised pretty early on that I couldn’t run from conflict or myself, I had to address that within me. I had a breakdown from encountering the same toxic relationships time and time again and finally realised the power to change was within me all along, I was just too comfortable in my victimhood. 

Self discovery is the only way to get control over your life. If you do not understand your strengths and weaknesses or have genuine compassion for yourself you’ll never get out of the hamster wheel, aka toxic relationship cycles. For me, I knew I was meant to be more, do more and create impact, I have always known that.

Working for billion-dollar companies like Pinterest (1.6 billion), Dropbox (2.2 billion) and Revolut (1.7 billion) in San Francisco and London were the most rewarding, challenging and character building experiences of my life, I am madly grateful.

Brooke, presenting at a workshop

I’m a small town chick from New Plymouth and I worked in Silicon Valley with some of the biggest hot shots, but what I realised was they’re human, like you and me which made me realise I can literally do anything I put my mind to and so can you. I knew it was my purpose to help people get out of their own way and believe in themselves so they can create a life of aligned purpose. 

And now?
Life is awesome because it’s on my own terms. I eat, sleep, poop and work when I decide. How many people get that freedom? Not many because they choose to stay in the hamster wheel. I don’t like cats (or animals really) I didn’t grow up with them so it doesn’t excite me like the rest of the population 😉

As a coach, I help women and men alike strip back the layers of social conditioning and limiting beliefs that keep them stuck and in fear. I help people create a sustainable plan of action toward a more meaningful life.

This time around Brooke is holding two events while she is in town from Melbourne

What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned over the past few years?
The only thing you can control is your actions and reactions. You can never control anyone else, the external environment or what people are going to think of you.

Have any parts of your journey been stupidly hard, and how have you dealt with that? 
I remember feeling so defeated time and time again about the inauthenticity and manipulation I experienced in corporate.

I would witness people throwing each other under the bus and living in full survival mode all the time. I was like “surely there’s got to be an alternative.” I had concluded if there wasn’t I would work in a pub and live in the country over corporate corruption and earning big bucks.

I realised there is an alternative and that is called self discovery. Once you become unshakeable within yourself and comfortable in your own skin, you’re unstoppable, but it takes work. Life is a lot harder when you don’t put the work in.

Do you have a favourite quote that sums that up?
“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” – Jerzy Gregorek

So, you start your day with a tongue scrape. Fill us in on why this is a thing.
Haha, it’s an ayurveda technique I learnt in Thailand. It reduces bad breath caused by germs and bacteria on the tongue. It stimulates the taste buds, which enhances a person’s sense of taste, removes the slime coating on the tongue that can contribute to tooth decay, and improves digestive health, since many foods are first broken down in the mouth.

If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would you pick and what would you talk about? 
Carl Jung – Dreams
Dr Gabor Mate – ADHD
Brene Brown – Authenticity

You run some pretty rad workshops, and you’re back in Taranaki soon to host some. What’s on offer time time around? 
I am hosting a Women’s Wellness Retreat as I am obsessed with women taking time for themselves rather than putting EVERYONE else and everything else first.

It’s called the R&R Recalibration Retreat and is happening July 19 – 22 in Onaero, Taranaki. There will be healthy nourishing food, massage, facials (everyone gets a complimentary one) yoga, meditation, cooking workshops, coaching workshops, hiking, nature and sisterhood.

For more information on Brooke’s events you can visit her website

We currently have ten incredible women and have room for 2 more. For details please check out my website here, and email me to secure your spot.

I am also hosting a self discovery workshop at Gover St. We must understand our inherent strengths and weaknesses in order to feel aligned in our work and relationships. If you don’t know what you’re good at or your blind spots, you’re going about your life just that, blind.

Join us for tapas, wisdom and connection on Saturday, July 13, from 3pm – 6pm at Gover St, New Plymouth. You can find out more here.

I also offer 1:1 coaching and group coaching programmes, as well as a free 30 minute discovery call to see how I can help.