Between where I am
And where I want to be
Because of all that I may become
I shall close my eyes and leap
– Mary Anne Radmacher
I sat in the middle of the arena, eyes closed, head bowed, hand out, praying that horse would just come over to me. But it wasn’t the horse I really wanted – it was approval, acceptance and a life I loved. I thought all of that would come from somewhere outside of me, but the truth is that it’s far more powerful when it comes from within. It took me 43 years to figure that out.
Up to that point, I thought I was in a pretty good place. I had gotten good grades that led to prestigious universities that led to good jobs in great companies. Truth be told, I wasn’t really happy. I was successful, but something was missing.
Then it happened.
On a transformative vacation, my heart cracked open the day I had the incredible, soul-moving, life-changing experience of learning valuable life lessons from a horse named Imus. I recognized that I enjoyed my work and life, but it didn’t feed my soul…and I wanted it to feed my soul. I knew then that I would be helping people access their inner wisdom so they could create a life they loved.
My journey moved into warp speed. I started exploring who I really am and what I truly wanted in my life. I worked with coaches, spiritual advisors, took classes and got certifications out the ying yang, including one to do that amazing work with the horses. I never felt like it was enough.
The problem wasn’t what I knew or didn’t know.
It was that I was too afraid to take the leap. I covered my fear with practicality (I can’t just quit my job and pursue my dream – I need to make money. What will people think? I need to plan something this big.).
When we don’t make the important decisions for ourselves, sometimes they are made for us.
I came into work one day and my position was eliminated. This was the second time I had been laid off – and it wasn’t part of my plan. I spent the next two weeks in shock. I was angry, I cried, I reached out to those friends, coaches and advisors.
All along, I knew it was time…
Time for me to take the leap, time for me to pursue my dream. So I sold my house, packed up everything and moved from Washington DC to a small town north of Phoenix, Arizona where I knew only one person and had zero job prospects.
Everything started to fall into place, though not without it’s terrifying moments. There were days I wondered what the hell I was thinking when I made this move. And most of my friends and family were 3000 miles away.
This time I had the tools I needed to move forward, to find the answers where they had always been – within me.
I finally let go of my attachment to a specific outcome around how my work would unfold. I took time for me – to rest, to explore, to feel, to learn, to plan, to let go. Only then was I free to start my own dream business. I’m a Life Coach and a catalyst for self-discovery. I help people who are ready to make a transition identify and eliminate obstacles so they can create a life that feeds their soul.
So now it’s your turn.
Maybe you know what the dream is, maybe you don’t – it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you feel ready to answer the call of your life. You are ready to kick the derrière of what’s getting in your way. Accept the invitation to stand in your truth and create a life you love, a life that feeds your soul. I’ll be right there with you, helping you propel your life forward. And I promise we’ll have some fun in the process! Isn’t it time?
Now for some of the more traditional credentials:
- Bachelors of Science, Business Management and Psychology, Meredith College
- Masters of Science, Organizational and Social Psychology, London School of Economics
- Master Certified Martha Beck Life Coach
- Certified Equus Coach
- Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning
- Certified consultant for Birkman Personality Assessment and Myers Briggs Type Indicator
- Certified in 15 leadership development programs including, but not limited to: Situational Leadership, The Oz Principle Accountability Program, Courageous Conversations, The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach
If you want more, you can check out my LinkedIn profile