Finding my Path

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.

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