A few years ago I made the decision to change my life and moved across the country. I followed a dream that I had since childhood of living in the Bay Area. This was more monumental to me than just a new environment. I had for once actually made a choice to act on a dream. Most other things in my life, just kinda happened. And I rarely let myself hope or dream. I thought that maybe I would just one day wake up happy with a life that I really had no input in. I am so thankful that I finally let go of a piece of the fear that had held me back for so long.
That one little release had led me on an amazing path to finally take action to do something that I am passionate about and skilled at. Starting my coaching business and working with kids and families is the culmination of the past few years of discovering, embracing, and taking action on what I am meant to do. I have been able to put together what I love to do with what I am good at…and work has never felt so effortless. I had grown up with the idea that work was supposed to be just that…work. Annoying, frustrating, painful, tiring, draining—you had to suffer through that in order to do the things that made you happy. This limiting belief had me make choices that actively took me into things that I did not enjoy and even hurt in some ways. From the classes I took in college to the jobs I applied for. As a kid I told everyone that I would suck at a desk job and yet a decade later that’s the only type of job I had!
I used to actually feel guilty when I got paid money to do something that I enjoyed!
I’ve taken some time away from expectations to really dive into to who I am. In this process I asked myself, where in my whole life was the place I felt most comfortable? What just comes naturally to me?
Interacting with kids. Coaching. Mentoring. Guiding. Supporting.
People in my family like to tell the story about how, even at only the age of 5, I would lower the Easter Eggs on the kids’ hunt for the younger ones to be able to find. I wouldn’t give them away, but I was willing to give up some of my eggs for them to have the pleasure of discovering their own.
I’ve been working with kids for some time and nothing is more rewarding to me. I’m good at it. I’ve developed my craft at coaching and guiding kids to meet big and small goals and I’ve put everything I’ve had this year into training to be the best Performance Life Coach I can be, because it’s just who I am. It’s how I can be of service.
I still view those younger than me like I did that day during the Easter egg hunt…and in particular kids today. Chances are they are smarter than me and more capable, I just happen to have learned more at this point and have more experience to share.
And, for me, the whole point of me going through those experiences, the good the bad and the ugly, was so I can give that away to someone else so maybe theirgood is a little bit better, the bad a little less, and their ugly slightly prettier.