My journey has been everything except straight forward. As a kid I wanted to study music, but my very practical parents wanted me to become an engineer. So I got a degree in Chemical Engineering and tried to be that person. But 3 months into an internship, I knew engineering wasn’t the path for me. I quit that and got a job as an IT Consultant with Accenture. While working there, I fumbled around, learning about how the corporate world works, learning how money works and in between, I was asking myself - What do I want?
But after 8 years in corporate work, all I figured out was that I didn’t want my job. I didn’t want to wake up dreading work. I didn’t want to spend my weekdays looking forward to the weekend. I didn’t want to live like a zombie anymore. So I faced my biggest fear - losing the security of a job, and I quit.
Now, I’ve been through some scary stuff - I’ve jumped out of a plane, been 10 feet away from a lion, and got robbed on a vacation abroad. But quitting that job was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I had major anxiety about my future. I worried about where money was going to come from. I could hardly sleep, and when I did I would dream about failure. During the day I came close to panic attacks about making a bad decision. But most of all, I got depressed because I had lost my identity. Who was I? Who did I want to be?
Intuition is the Key
I came back to the question - 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 to be my own boss. 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. I talked to some yoga friends about what was happening with me and we got to talking about bodywork, energy healing, and anything related. My friend said to me, “Hey I think you’d be good at this.” And 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. My research didn’t get me far, except to tell me that these classes were expensive. They sounded interesting and I felt that small voice inside saying, “Do it, this is right.” In the end I took the risk, listened, and after the first class I was hooked. I love working with people to help them feel better. I love helping them understand themselves better and I love seeing people grow.
As I took up running 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. And 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.