I came to the proverbial life crossroads in my 40’s.
My Mom had passed away unexpectedly, and my world started shifting. At the time I was a wife and a Mom (to 2 teenage daughters), had great friends and lived in a beautiful place but something started to change.
For me, work had become my friend at an early age; a way to have some pocket money in a family that didn’t have much and a way to feel good about myself. Work and a driving need for external accomplishment became my steady companions. Finance and administration were the route I took into the work world, and when I became a mother, I started a small bookkeeping practice from my home.
But in 2008 I started looking for something different. The work I had chosen was beginning to feel lackluster. I was looking for something that would fill my heart and feel purposeful in a different way.
I learned about coaching when I was researching continuing education. I didn’t really know what I was looking for but what I read about life coaching really spoke to me. I jumped in! I took my first training in 2008 in holistic life coaching. It was a perfect blend for me, an approach that incorporates body, mind and spirit…a recipe for a
Working in the field of coaching speaks to my heart and my nature. I can help guide and inspire others to see something different for themselves, to choose what’s best for them, and empower them to keep moving towards what they desire and dream of. And it is not one sided---the people I work with always teach me something about myself and about life. I am so grateful for the relationships and connections I have been blessed to make working in the field of coaching.
There have been lots of ups and downs on this journey of self employment as a coach too. I have tried to leave coaching behind many times because I felt like it was too hard. (BTW, self employment is hard and often not what we think it will be when we start out with those dreams of independence twinkling in our eyes)
What I have come to understand is that I, like you, have a gift, talent or service that wants to be shared with the world. If I can help and serve others to be in harmony with themselves, help them to know who they are, what they want and figure out ways to get there, why would I not do it? Ask yourself the same question when you are doubting yourself or wavering on the cliff of quitting.
When we come to those life crossroads we all have a choice. We can carry on down the same path and make the best of it or we can take a different route. When our heart starts to call for something different, we can be brave and answer the call. Change is not easy, it’s not a smooth sail from one place to another, but we all have access to resources (external and internal) and the strength to see the journey through.
What have you learned at the crossroads? (Leave a comment or an insight below.)
And thank you for reading a bit of my story today!
May your journey be fulfilling, free and joy-full!
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