I know the difference between doing a job just for the wonga, and doing something that really brings happiness (yes, work can and does do that!). And that's why I'm here doing this, because I'm passionate about helping others find & develop fulfilling careers too.
But it wasn't always like this. To get here I had to face up to what wasn't working. It took some difficult times, some tears, and some help, to accept that I needed to step off of the conveyor belt of life. And it took some courage to walk a different path. Above all I wanted to spend more time with my then young son, and I didn't want to rush around like a blue arsed fly, in a constant state of anxiety. It took burnout to propel me to do something about that.
So, to cut a (very) long story short, I trained to become a coach, quit the office job, and thoroughly enjoyed spending more time with my son, whilst slowly building my coaching business (with allllll the imposter syndrome along for the ride). And not long after that myself & my partner decided to try something less conventional at home too, and in summer 2018 we swapped the house & mortgage for a narrowboat (and a much more affordable way of life)! And what a wonderful 3 year adventure that was! You can read about it here. But it wasn't just the big stuff that changed, there have been so many other little things too. I got clear on my values (and continue to do so, because it's not a one time thing) and swapped conformity & convention for freedom, fulfilment & connection.
Last year we welcomed our daughter to the world, and so I'm on to the next part of my adventure - navigating life and work with 2 small people in the mix! Recently I received some counselling, and my therapist said some words which seem to have been tattooed on my mind; "with everything comes a loss". You can rarely have everything you want at one time can you? When you are lucky enough to have other people in your life, and resources are not infinite, there are certainly compromises and difficult decisions to be made. The question really, is what's most important to you? And this is why understanding your own values is so important. Knowing what brings you joy, and feeling that deeper sense of happiness which comes with living your life with intention, rather than being a passenger.
And then when you bring strengths into the picture too, you have the recipe for finding fulfilling work, or for finding your current work more fulfilling! I'm completely obsessed with people and work/jobs/careers/vocations! I LOVE to hear what people do and how they got there, why they do it and how it impacts their lives and the lives of others. And my goodness I love to support people in recognising their own talents, and doing this whole work thing in a way that works for them.