I retired from corporate America two whole years ago and have been coaching for over a year! WOAH?!?! It's been an incredible journey of growth and cool experiences, but the thing I'm most proud of is this:
I've created a career I L-O-V-E, LOVE!! *
(*Literally 98% of it, EVERYDAY; the 2% is spent on taxes and expense management)
Throughout this process, I've had some serious "pinch-me" moments about what my career is today. Things I would have never thought possible. So I've compiled a list for you, to make sure you know what I didn't.
My Top 5 Lessons Learned from Creating a Career I Love:
- Starting your own business or shifting your career to be more intrinsically rewarding doesn't mean downgrading your lifestyle. It might mean a lull in income, but if you deeply believe in what you're doing, you will find a way to make money. I still live in my same condo, continue donating money to my favorite causes, travel, see the doctor for check-ups/sick visits, buy the groceries and clothing that make me feel good, and I make sure my dog, Stan, eats high quality food and has fun toys to keep him happy:).
- Making a big career change doesn't have to mean HUSTLE HUSTLE HUSTLE. In fact, in many cases, it shouldn't mean that. Putting 100% of your time into ANYTHING jeopardizes your creativity and ability to see "outside the box." I have more harmony in my life now than ever and prioritize quality sleep, eating nutritious meals, exercising, embracing a spiritual practice, and spending time with the people (and furry friends) I love.
- Your gut is the most powerful asset you have; trust it, it will always be honest with you. Whether you're surrounded by people who tell you "the grass isn't always greener" or people who think you're crazy for wanting to change the "perfect life" you've set up for yourself, minimizing the outside voices while embracing your own is incredibly powerful. Remember that voice is there for a reason.
- The actual work is exciting! I no longer say "I should work with that client, I need to make money;" instead I say "I can't wait to start working with that client and see what we do together!" No more Sunday Scaries!
- You can't do it on your own. There were (and still are) many people involved in helping me create this new career. Asking for advice, support, inspiration, coaching, and reflection is key to growth and satisfaction.
Ok, I lied to you. There are actually 6 lessons learned. And #6 is SUPER EXCITING!
Because I've learned so much through my own process, it's become increasingly evident that I LOVE focusing on career satisfaction with my clients - and they're getting great results from it.
We spend 2/3 of our waking hours at work, so work can play a HUGE role in living to our fullest potential.
Without further ado, I announce to you that I am opening my doors (and Skype account) to officially focus on helping my clients create the careers that they love.
Do you want to transition to something new in the corporate world, start your own business, brainstorm how to improve your current role, or figure out what to do if you've realized your career you've poured SO much time and money into is just not for you?
I've lived and am helping clients with each one of these situations, so I'm leveraging my experience in personal & professional development, corporate culture, and entrepreneurship to help you solve your challenges, and empower you to LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
My updated website is coming soon, but please email me with any questions you have in the meantime. Life is too short to not love what you do. Thank you for all of your love and support throughout this journey.
Also, I'm curious, what's the biggest thing holding you back right now from creating a career that you love?