Ever since I was a little girl, I had this burning desire to make a difference in the world. A psychology degree, eight years working for the Australian Government, and a beautiful family 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 and 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.
When I went on maternity leave, following the birth of my son Daniel, I remember telling myself that it was time. It was time to discover and create my version of a purposeful life. I began to focus on getting to know myself better, tuning in to my intuition, following my curiosity, honouring my need for creativity and self-expression, prioritising self-care, and pursuing my craving for self-growth and development.
By doing this, I started to notice ‘clues’ and take inspired action on living my version of a values-based, useful, passion-fuelled and purposeful life.
For me, this meant quitting my Australian Government job and establishing my own business as a coach – a business that has led to me being awarded International Coach of the Year, becoming an Engaging Women Ambassador, featuring in over 60 print, digital and radio media sources including the cover of inspired COACH magazine, and an abundance of happy clients who are soaring in their businesses and lives. It also meant realising, fully embracing and harnessing the fact that I identify as an extreme introvert, empath and highly sensitive person.
Before I knew it, I was then enrolling in a Master of Human Rights, launching a Dream For Others® podcast where I interviewed inspiring public figures on how they use their platforms for social good, and following my deep passions for human rights advocacy and activism.
A combination of business, entrepreneurship, education, self-care, dreaming for others, advocacy, supportive loved ones, and creativity proved to be part of my path to feeling purposeful in my life and work. What lights you up will likely be different to what lights me up.
However, I believe that my personal and professional experience, combined with my qualifications in coaching and psychology, and my talent for helping people discover their uniqueness – is a powerful cocktail of coaching arsenal to help you discover and create your version of a values-based, useful, passion-fuelled and purposeful life too.