As soon as we got off, he turned the barge around and left the quiet green-blue bay. Probably back to the mainland.
There were only a couple of houses in this bay. And a dirt road up the hill. No tourist shops. No cafes. Nothing.
No people either. Just the two of us.

We took photos of the breath-taking bay, surrounded by native bush.
We had arrived at Rangitoto ki te Tonga in the Marlborough Sounds, at D’Urville Island named after the French explorer Jules Dumont D’Urville.
Obviously, this island isn’t a mass tourist destination. This is a pinch-my-arm paradise, isn’t it?!

‘What time will the barge man pick us up?’, I asked Victor. He didn’t know because he hadn’t asked.

Oops! Images of being stuck on the island popped up in my head.
I had the choice of being in panic, telling him off, stay put at the wharf to watch the barge coming back. Or just trust that we’ll be fine. I chose the latter.
This certainly excites my adventurous and curious spirit.
Without a doubt, I must have been an explorer in previous lives. And – after 3 years in New Zealand – I’m embracing the Kiwi ‘She’ll be right’ culture too.
A map on the wharf showed that the island was much bigger than we thought.
‘Let’s just have a quick look for an hour or so and then back to the wharf to catch the next barge’, we said. Great idea!
We started walking up the hill, encouraged by enchanting native bird songs. With every step, the island felt more and more as the ultimate paradise on earth.
So quiet!
But wait…what is that sound?
After half an hour or so, we heard a car behind us. That must be one of the 30-odd or so locals. The driver stopped his ute. ‘Hi, how are you? All good’?
A friendly smiling man and woman wondered where we are going. So, we told the story of being curious about the island. To walk for a bit, and about having no clue when the barge man would be back.
He said, ‘ah, I’m working on the roads here and I need to take some photos of work that we’ve done. Would you like to come along? You can phone the barge man anytime when you want to go back to the mainland, and he will pick you up’.
Heck yeah!!

Making a long story short. We pretty much got driven around all 90 km of the island’s dirt roads. Saw the luscious green hills, valleys and bays for 4-5 hours. Stunning nature that we never would have seen on our own.
Our new friend told us insider’s stories of the islanders. A couple of them are rich and famous, who want a place where they can’t be found. And before getting in touch with our barge man again, we had tea and cake at their house.
All of this because we embraced the unknown. Such an awesome day!
Embracing the unknown is good for your business too. And I’d like to even take it a step further.
Don’t wait for those moments to show up, but create them deliberately and consciously ‘space in between’ time in your calendar. At least once a week for an hour or so. Do not plan anything during that time.
And besides that, don’t take action in chaotic, complex situations. Just let it be. Stop doing, embracing being.
In that ‘space in between’ you’ll find the hidden paths of change. The treasures, the golden nuggets that truly align with who you are, will reveal themselves to you.

But hold on. Wait.
Don’t do anything with those golden nuggets yet. Let them be for a while. Just write them down on sticky notes and put them on a wall or whiteboard. At one point you’ll feel the inner urge to rearrange them into new positions.
Embracing the unknown requires courage. It’s not about being fearless. It’s about being, letting your heart and soul shine through your business. It’s about doing what your heart desires.
Because courage comes from the Latin word ‘cor’, which means ‘heart’. To survive in our modern, uncertain and complex world, we must make a habit to explore the unknown fuelled by our heart.

Let me show you five results that will emerge thanks to that exploring habit:

You don’t wait for something external, because you make it happen from within.

You don’t hold on to things that limit your growth, because you open yourself up to more than you can imagine.

You don’t spend too much time on every single detail, because you embrace the perfect imperfection.

You won’t be afraid to take actions, because you create moment by moment, day by day.

You don’t waste time on superficial stuff, because you connect with what and with who matters most in life.
All this will help to grow your business, to flourish in ways you couldn’t have imagined. You’ll discover the patterns and understand the dynamics that cause complexity so that you can better position yourself and grow your business into full potential.
A Wayfinding Entrepreneur is an explorer with an open mind, an open heart and an open will, to find inner freedom and make the biggest possible change happen.
I would love to be your guide. Let’s explore together:
Happy exploring into the Unknown today!
Monika de Neef
The barge man had finished for the day by the time we phoned him. He was very grumpy that he had to come and get us. But he did, this time in a dingy with an outboard motor. Our friendly smiles and innocent eyes did the trick. So, we did get off the island. Woohooo, such a wonderful, magical day!