For over twenty years, I built a successful career in accounting, finance, and human resources. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. We live in lovely home in the suburbs of Maryland, our daughters attend excellent schools, we are in overall good health, and we are generally able to afford all of the material possessions we desire. From the outside looking in, my life was a shiny and polished box. However, on the inside, I struggled with a deep sense of discontentment and a lack of fulfillment with my life. I grew tired of having what felt like two identities – the thick-skinned business side which learned the hard way how to survive in soul-sucking and often hostile business environments and a deeply spiritual side which felt a deep calling to do something more meaningful and impactful with my life. I often showed up too busy, mean and agitated in my personal relationships and too soft and compassionate in my business roles. A successful career came for me, but it was always a struggle. I was good at everything but not great at anything, and at the end of the day, I was always plain exhausted.
I also had many struggles. I lost my mom and aunt to lung cancer and my maternal and paternal grandmothers in very tragic ways, a car accident and a senseless murder. My oldest daughter was shockingly diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and my father developed dementia and Parkinson’s disease leaving me to become his primary caregiver. Overnight, I became a full-fledged member of the “sandwich generation”, a term used to describe those struggling to balance the demands of caring for young children at the same time as caring for aging parents. I often felt like a victim and wondered why life always seemed so hard.
All of these experiences were signposts along the way. I sensed I needed to make a bigger change, yet I didn’t not know how. And I was afraid. Afraid to let go of what was comfortable and familiar for the unknown. I stayed in what I knew to be the wrong direction for over twenty years. In the words of Laurence Boldt, “There is nothing wrong with working just for money for a time a time; but sooner or later, your soul will likely want more from you.” I believe that God allowed me to have these experiences so that I could understand at a deep level the pain of living a life out of alignment with your divine call.
I believe that there are detours and service roads in life, but no wrong turns. Our experiences, good and bad, shape us into who we are meant to be. There are signposts and struggles along the way signaling us to change things up and take a different path. And when we are not obedient, God simply turns up the heat. This, I believe, is all in done in a pre-orchestrated manner to work together for our good. The great news is that it is never too late to take a new path, to create a new story!
Ultimately, I decided I wanted to help others who were dissatisfied with their life to reauthor their story! I built a coaching practice around just that and I now feel so blessed to enjoy a life of deep meaning and satisfaction. It is so empowering to enjoy the freedom of creating and living a life based on my highest priorities, and not someone else’s. I see the work I do with my clients as a sacred gift! I would be honored to share in the divinely inspired unfolding of your story!