Updated: Aug 21, 2018
When I was very young I loved to explore nature and was very curious about most things like what might be hidden underneath a rock like a salamander (ah, the wonder and excitement of finding it) or hoping to see the ever elusive crayfish scurrying on the bottom of the river bed. I thought, wow, that’s amazing stuff! As I grew older my curiosity shifted and I was learning how to “fit in” in middle school and high school when I became interested in boys and boy, that was a lot of fun. During this time though the big question kept coming to me from every direction, what are you going to do with your life? I didn’t know and I thought my life was just fine; living in the moment, seeing what life brought my way. The messages I heard underneath these questions were; you need to know the direction you want for your life or you won’t be able to have a good job, you can’t live your life in the present moment because you won’t get anywhere and there must be something wrong with you if you don’t know (of course it helps to plan or to try new thing).
So what did I do? I tried it their way and I felt like I was failing and over time, I just gave up on living my life, my purpose and my ideas and thoughts. I proceeded to live my life like I was supposed to, like everyone else. I went to college, married, had three children, had many different types of pets and got divorced. I’ve been working in the same field for over thirty years and the same company for ten years. Sounds normal, right? I was right in there with most people, doing the same thing as everyone else, living life and thinking I was happy. The only thing is, I wasn’t happy. I complained constantly about my life and had many thoughts about how to change this life I was leading. I realized time was flying by and I was getting older. I am not in my 20’s anymore, I’m in my 50’s and I’m complaining about the same things. How did that happen to me? I thought I had this life thing all figured out.
I had to look closely at who I am, dig deep, ask for guidance and support and really look at myself and listen to my intuition. It took me many months and even close to a year to relearn who I am because of the many twists and turns of my life. I prayed, I talked with close confidants, I read many articles and books, I shared and then I listened, sometimes patiently sometimes not so patiently but what I learned about myself was eye-opening. It was very simple. I had overlooked my greatest quality, being able to really hear what people were saying about themselves, really hear what was deep inside them they couldn’t hear themselves. I was constantly moving people forward in their lives without even knowing it, inspiring them to take the next step, break through whatever was holding them back and really support them in who they wanted to be in this life. That’s WHO I AM.
I was already a Certified Triathlete Coach so it seemed the next right step for me to become a Certified Life Coach. My desire to change my life was more important and I knew I didn’t want to have regrets at the end of my life, on my deathbed saying, why didn’t I try? So I began the process of becoming a Certified Life Coach.
This time is different and the reason it’s different is because I was truly ready to be who I am meant to be. I couldn’t do it alone, I have a life coach who listens to me, supports me in my goals, asks me questions to help bring out my own answers, helps me to unblock me from what’s stopping me and supports me in building my confidence and know I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Reinventing yourself doesn’t happen overnight. It happens one step at a time, one day at a time and one action at a time. There is a lot of fear, excitement, expectations, disappointments, doubt, huge growth, energy, learning, fun, making new friends and much more but I wouldn’t change a thing!
You can reinvent yourself too, anyone can, at any time!
There is no time like today to change your life.
With courage and support,