I remember being a shy, introverted, highly sensitive small town girl who wanted to make a difference in the world. I just didn’t know how.
I could feel the passion, the ambition, the desire to help folk, the deep feelings, and the sense of unrealised potential churning within me – but I didn’t know how or where to channel this.
A psychology degree, a move to ‘the big smoke’ (well if you count Canberra as ‘big smoke’!), and eight years working for the Australian Government later, and I still felt a yearning to do and be more.
Don’t get me wrong, I was happy. I had a wonderful husband, an incredible job, lovely colleagues, a pay cheque that many would envy, loving family and friends, and free time to pursue out-of-work interests including reading, film, volunteering and bushwalking. But there was a part of me that felt unfulfilled or incomplete.
When I went on maternity leave following the birth of my son, I remember telling myself that it was time to figure it out. I knew that in order to do this, I needed to do things differently. Hanging out in my head, researching and re-researching, analysing my options to the point of confusion, wasn’t getting me anywhere. So I made a commitment to experiment with ditching my head and following my heart for at least one whole year. It was scary and completely foreign to my usual way of operating.
And oh, did it result in some big life changes. For example:
- I enrolled in an online business course that my old university-only biased brain would have never previously considered.
- I enrolled in a life coaching course instead of the Master of Clinical Psychology that I’d previously told myself would be the sensible thing to do following my Bachelor of Psychology.
- Upon learning my father had terminal brain cancer, I quit my Australian Government job, sold our newly built home, and moved back to our regional home-town to be near family and pursue my new online business as a life coach.
- I made time for my passion in human rights, attended conferences, read books, took social justice courses, wrote a Give Back Policy, worked to become certified as a B-Corporation, and then enrolled in a Master of Human Rights while endeavouring to integrate my learnings in my life, business, writings and work with clients.
I suddenly started to feel more ‘on purpose’ than I ever before. This inner satisfaction was matched with outer ‘success’ too. I won awards, attracted significant media attention, received glowing client testimonials and referrals, had a six month waiting list for my coaching services, was invited to mentor and train business coaches, and was sought after by universities and organisations to support staff with goal-setting, leadership, resilience and social change.
I now feel so lucky to have found a way to satisfy my passions and interests, while also being of use to others – and I would love to support you in doing the same.