My Catalyst Moment
My life changed when I stopped fearing the safety net of being a worker bee, salaried employee...
This time last year I was living in NYC with a job that allowed me to come and go as I pleased AND provided a never-ending supply of free food (that enabled me to never have to buy my own breakfast or lunch related items). Basically, I was "living the dream" in my East Village studio.
I was also three months out from quitting this cushy job and packing up my perfectly located apartment to embark on my next journey - to see the world and where the universe, my past experiences, and my strengths would lead me next.
I value my independence above all else and have had jobs since I was 8 (yes, someone let an 8 year old babysit their kids), so the idea of walking away from financial stability was absolutely terrifying to me. But I knew I had to take a big risk to reap a big reward.
I eventually ended up in Oaxaca City, Mexico where I spent my days eating amazing food, reading books in the park, working out (during "off hours" of the day, which to me is a luxury!) and studying Spanish. I was eating a cream-cheese and jelly croissant from Pan AM in the park one day (if you are ever in Oaxaca City and don't get a croissant from Pan AM, you are doing yourself a disservice) when I realized THIS in fact was "the dream".
Well, maybe not THE dream but certainly MY dream, which was really all that mattered. All I ever wanted was to travel and immerse myself in other cultures. Not to stay in swanky resorts like you see on instagram or backpack through hostels like a drifter, but to live like a local an immerse myself in someone else's culture. Why shouldn't my every day be like this?
I also knew that by leveraging my previous experience (both work and personal) I could help others achieve this feeling too - a sense of "I am living the life I want to live". I wanted to help others design and live their own version of "the dream". I immediately researched the top coaching school that would allow me to become certified while I continued to travel and soon after started taking on clients willing to work with a newbie. But thats a story for another day.
I really should have done this sooner but it took my body breaking down physically for me to realize that the universe was trying to tell me it was time to move on. In all honesty, it took a lot of breaking down before I could connect the dots: multiple herniated discs caused by stress, severe anxiety attacks that only surfaced during my 25 minute walk to the office, crying for literally no reason at the most random moments... these are just some of the symptoms that added up to my diagnosis - it was time for some serious changes.
I couldn’t ignore my body any longer. Unless I wanted to be a hunchback with manic mood swings, I had to make some drastic changes to my life.
While I thought walking away from financial security would mentally break me, in reality it was the most freeing decision I have made. Even after being offered major salary increases to stay on at my current company I knew that there were bigger and better things for me out in the world and it was up to me and me alone to take the leap and go find them.
Since leaving my job, my apartment, and my life as I knew it, I have found my true professional passion and now get to spend my time helping others define their ideal life through adopting new perspectives and finding their version of balance & fulfillment.
If you are still searching for your passion (professional or otherwise) contact me to set up a free discovery session where we can explore how I can best support you on your own journey.