Kia ora! Welcome!
I’m Lee-Ann McKenzie (Lee for short) and I’m super grateful you’ve landed on my little home on the internet! This page exists for you to get to know me better and I honour you, your energy and truly thank you for being here and taking the time to read this.
Let’s get stuck right in.
I care deeply about women living expansive lives of purpose and freedom. It’s so easy to slip into autopilot in our 20s and 30s. A time when you are navigating the working world and being influenced by achievement-based foundations that shake up your self-worth and internal beliefs. It can be a time when you put play, laughter and daydreaming second. Where bills and “success” take precedent and you are left in a routine that you didn’t consciously choose.
That’s not how life is supposed to be.
I’m here to help you step out of autopilot, overcome bullshit limiting beliefs, remember what lights you up, and craft a life that feels free, expansive and oh-so-good.
How did I get here?
It’s been a wild journey. Life coaching is something I grew into through many learnings, triumphs, falls and all the in-betweens.
Befreewithlee started as a little space for me to share my healing journey and has transmuted into a brand that is here to help you find your own freedom, right alongside me. My medicine is coaching and if you’re reading this then it’s likely my medicine is for you.
I grew up in the small coastal town of Timaru in the South Island of New Zealand where I spent most of my time competing in netball and track and field. I was competitive and driven. My passion for improving myself in sports naturally grew into wanting to improve myself in other areas of my life then into helping others improve too. It was through sports that my passion for helping others blossomed. I coached little ones in athletics and loved teaching my friends new skills on and off the sports fields with things such as how to drive, ski, do the latest on trend hair style and more.
I started my adult life at Uni studying Social Work as I thought this would be a really meaningful career choice but lost interest in the subject and switched to Criminal Justice because I wanted to be a police officer. After graduating I worked in a courthouse and gained first-hand experience of the justice system and the stress that came with it. It was here that my life took a completely different turn.
I was diagnosed with depression, was overworked and unhappy.
It was from this experience that I started my healing and transformation journey. I found meditation which was a practice that literally changed my life. I started practising mindfulness, spent time in nature, went hiking and exploring my backyard. Through my healing journey, I began writing about my experiences which led to the start of Befreewithlee – a mindfulness and travel blog. The travel blog took precedent for the better part of 5 years but I always had this nudge to get back into writing about life topics.
I’ve been on a personal development and spiritual journey for over 10 years now, asking life’s big questions when I was 17 to reading the bible at 23 and having an innate knowing there was more to life than working.
I read the Alchemist and started believing in omens, practised the 4 agreements, delved into uplifting podcasts, found the Morning Miracle, Manifestation Babe, Sahara Rose and opened up my relationship with the Universe. My past had taught me that I loved to motivate others but the most pivotal moment that combined my passions, talents and desires and ultimately led me down the life coaching path was reading Discover your dharma by Sahara Rose.
I realised my purpose is to be a life coach and raise the collective consciousness. This is my dharma. It combines my love for teaching, motivating, and connecting to the divine.
I have now developed my own spirituality and practises (which is a never-ending journey). I believe in tarot and oracle cards, meditation, mindfulness, astrology, tapping into your intuition, manifestation and vibrations. I’m now on a life-long commitment to hold space and help you be the best version of yourself you can possibly be and help you reach your dreams and goals.
I want you to remember:
You are worthy
You have a purpose
Life isn’t supposed to be “this hard”
Those “blocks” you have are not really blocks at all but invitations for growth
You can achieve your wants and desires
Those heart desires are there for a reason- They are meant for you!
Life is meant to feel free, expansive and good. Let me help you reach the version of freedom you desire to embody, whatever that looks like. My clients have released blocks, found what lights them up, ignited their passions, begun to embody their authentic selves, improved their self-worth and so so much more.
Tell me, where are you in your life right now? Is there anything you might want shifted or to move towards? I’m thinking of you and am here to help. Drop me a DM on Instagram @befreewithlee or send me an email [email protected]. Or pop on over to my services page to learn more about how we can work together.
Lastly, just in case you’re interested here are a few golden nuggets about me
- I live in Queenstown, New Zealand
- I’m a Taurus sun, Leo rising and Scorpio moon
- Words of affirmation and quality time are my love languages
- I make a really delicious cheesy cobb loaf!
- I’m a big lover of the outdoors, I truly believe being in the outdoors connects me to my higher self. Whether it’s mountain biking, trail running, skiing, or walking the dog being outdoors is home.
- Dogs are my life – I have a border collie called Lady and had a pug called Abe who pops up on my IG from time to time – (He lives with my ex)
- I’m very sensitive to energy and pick up on negative vibes as soon as I walk into a room!
Quals because they weren’t for nothing right?
- Bachelor of Criminal Justice
- Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
- Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction
- Qualified BYCA Life Coach