I was 37 years old, married mom of 2 children under 6, living in a beautiful 4-bedroom craftsman on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs. I had worked at Microsoft for a little more than 5 years, and had worked in the technology for more than 10 years. And then one day, just a regular Monday day in August 2015, I woke up and I just could not go to work.
This was pretty mystifying to me at the time. As someone whose identity was wrapped up in achievement, I was obsessed with following the rules of the system. And my definition of a good person did not include skipping work. At the same time, the engineer in me I tried desperately to apply my problem solving skills to this problem.
The only thing I could think to do was to follow my intuition – if I wasn’t going to go to work, then I’d have to just do whatever felt like the next best thing to do. So, I showered and got dressed, left the house with appearance of heading to work; but I went to the bookstore instead. Heading to the bookstore that day was a huge step in several ways. First, it was the first time in I don’t know how long that I had listened to myself, and done just exactly what I wanted to do. Second, it set in motion a series of events that lead me here. At the bookstore, I found the first breadcrumb that would lead me to discover my own path, rather than continue following the path of conventional wisdom.
At that bookstore, I found a book that lead m to a writing class. That writing class lead me to the clarity needed to end my marriage. Ending my marriage gave me the mental space to discover that I wanted to move to Seattle. Moving to Seattle gave me exposure to people who were living their lives in all sorts of different ways. With a wider view of possibilities, I quit my software job and started my own business. With a new understanding of what was possible, I started a life coaching program. And here I am starting my coaching practice, working with my first wave of clients that will help me to understand where I can most effectively be of service to others.
I hope to be of service to others who have traveled similar journeys. Perhaps a woman in technology who has just had that morning where she woke up sensing that something was wrong – she could use a guide to help her navigate these thoughts. Perhaps a mother who is recently divorced – she could use assistance in finding a new normal, especially when it comes to parenting. Perhaps an adult child of an alcoholic or addict – they could use an empathetic advisor to help them focus on their own recovery.
I want to be of service to people in their growth and awakening. I truly believe that the path to world peace lies in each individual learning to follow their own path, and contribute their own unique genius to heal this planet.