As I learned how to be in this new normal, I would ask myself: What do I want? It’s such a simple question but at the time, it was hard for me to answer. I just didn’t know. I knew what I didn’t want. So I started there and began to rebuild my life.
I wanted a career in wellness and helping people live better lives. Broad at first, I know but then I honed in on the details. One day, I was talking to a friend of mine about her massage practice, and she said to me, “Hey I think you’d be good at this.” That’s when the spark showed up. That risky spark that grabs your attention and lights up something deep inside. But I had never noticed that part of me…so I hesitated and did more research. The classes sounded interesting and I felt that small voice inside saying, “Do it, this is right.” Now, I had never gotten a massage nor tried getting bodywork, so this was a leap for me. But I jump off the edge and after the first class I was hooked. I love working with people to help them feel better, and I love helping them understand their bodies.
As I started walking down this new path, a lot of my friends popped up to say, “I wish I was brave enough to quit my job too.” And immediately I felt a deep empathy for everyone who was going through what I went through. If I had someone to help me get through my transition, I would have been mentally healthier and happier. Then another spark showed up – I wanted to help people with their own career transitions. So I got a Life Coaching Certification with the Foundation for Holistic Life Coaching and I started career coaching.
This journey has been anything but easy – starting new, sacrificing time and money when my friends were going on vacation or buying homes, it was hard to not compare myself and wish I had taken the safe route. But thanks to my teachers, friends, and family I’ve built my practice and am happier than I have ever been.