At the age of 42, I’ve owned four businesses and had three different career shifts. In the past few years I’ve done a lot of inner work to find the road back home – that road that leads you to the door of who you really are and what you were meant to do and be in this world.
Living your life on purpose is the idea that we are all born with a specific job to do in this lifetime. For some of us, the word “job” seems like work, but if you’re really living your life purpose, there is no such thing as work. The struggle for some comes in finding out and figuring out what the heck we’re supposed to be doing in this lifetime! What resonates? What lights your fire? What makes time go away?
A few years back I knew I was becoming dead inside as a schoolteacher. I could feel the drain on my system, saw the dark circles underneath my eyes, was taking aspirin for headaches – you get the picture. It wasn’t pretty, and was very obvious I wasn’t living my life purpose completely. I absolutely loved teaching, but something didn’t click. By working with a life coach for six months, I finally found the courage to quit my job so I could move forward instead of running in circles.
What I wasn’t aware of was that I also had to clean up a lot of my own “stuff” to get closer to living my life purpose. So, in that time, I also cleaned up old relationship residue, family baggage, financial concerns and got myself back into a strong self-care regime. I was literally rebuilding myself from the inside out – cleaning up old residue so I could make room to expand.
What coaching has done for me, as well as my clients, is given fire where there may have only been a tiny flame flickering, or maybe just a small stream of smoke. When our saboteurs or inner critics show up, that flame dims or may be hidden so deep that it seems like it’s gone out completely. What I’ve learned in my years is that fire takes many forms. Sometimes all it needs is a little air to get it going again, or some friction to create heat. That fire is always there inside you, no matter what form it takes. What excites you? Who are you when nobody’s looking? Who are you when everyone’s looking?
I am the wildfire who ignites love, joy and passion. It’s what I do, who I am, and why I’m here.