I was a marketing executive for 20 years, with a 1.5 year stint as the owner of a dog walking/pet sitting business. As a marketing professional, I led marketing initiatives for global companies like Unilever, Intel, McDonald’s, and Sony Pictures. The projects I worked on were glamorous and fun, but something was missing and it felt like my soul was being sucked dry.
In search of a more rewarding career, I transitioned to the nonprofit sector to serve as the marketing director for an organization that gives second chances to underserved youth. The experience was life changing! The work I was doing made an impact and I was inspired by the strength and resilience of our young people as they have worked to overcome issues of street violence, abandonment, homelessness, and more. Still, there was this lingering feeling that something was missing from my life.
As I began to dedicate time toward figuring out what was next, I thought about a concept a friend introduced me to nearly eight years ago – becoming a life coach.
When the idea was first presented to me, I thought, "Really? That’s a thing?" I mean, I wanted to do something different, but not that different. It felt so New-Agey, you know? Nevertheless, I indulged her by doing some research on this new path. It seemed interesting enough, but I felt so overwhelmed by it. What I definitely didn’t know at the time was the possibility coaching brought to people’s lives.
In September of 2016, I started my coaching certification program knew instantly that this is what I was meant to be doing. I graduated as a Certified Professional Coach in May 2017 and launched my coaching business while still working full time as a marketing director. This was arrangement was working…until it wasn’t.
Fast forward to April 2018, when my business is peaking and it also happened to be the busiest and most stressful time of year at my full-time job. One morning while writing a simple email, I began to experience numbness on the left side of my face, head and arm. I was terrified. Initial signs pointed to a stroke, but as it turned out, it was a panic attack. Wow. After extensive conversations with my doctor, who informed me I was doing way too much for one person to handle, he advised me to get my stress under control ASAP. This, combined with my values being challenged daily at my full-time job and realizing that my clients served as a mirror for me, I made the spine-chilling yet exciting decision to leave my full-time job to focus on coaching.
For the first time in years, I am excited to get out of bed and take on whatever the day brings. And now I want to help you have your own ‘aha!’ moment so you can be excited about what’s ahead for you, too! It is truly an honor and a privilege to hold space for those who are at their own fork in the road, questioning everything, trying to find their way through the fog, or who are sharing things that are scary, overwhelming or painful in an effort to bring about a shift in their life.