Meet Natalie. Natalie was in her early 30s, had returned from the Peace Corps two years prior and was trying to decide on a career. She had a variety of passions and experience in HR and international development, but wanted to solidify the next steps on her career path.
By the time Natalie connected with me, she’d already tried a number of things—informational interviews, career assessment tests, speaking with people in different fields, looking at degree programs online, prayer—but was in overwhelm with what direction to go. She wanted to make a decision and move forward, but wanted to be confident in that decision and not question her every move. Since the intellectual approach wasn’t working, she wanted to try something new – a deeper mindfulness practice.
We began by looking at the places where Natalie was distracted or unfocused. Like many people, she’d filled up her schedule with activities that kept her from feeling lonely, but that did little to move her forward. Natalie was blocked by a fear of conflicts, which we needed to address. With coaching, she learned to tap into her authentic truth and mastered some new communication skills. She was able to clear space in her calendar for her mindfulness practice, and learned how to quiet her mind. Through her practice, she was able to perceive what was really important to her and shift from “should” to “want” — giving herself permission to have what really made her heart sing.
Knowing what she wanted, we then talked about a long-term vision for her career. We blended together her skills and interests and came up with a number of solid options. Initially, she was concerned she’d be giving up opportunities to work in the international sector or travel overseas, but I helped her see how she could combine several aspects of her life together so she didn’t have to sacrifice anything.
I feel like I’ve gained more self-awareness and ability to handle thoughts and emotions; I am more solidified in my career direction and confident in decision making, overall. I’m confident and ready to continue on the path that we’ve mapped out!
In the end, Natalie took a big step forward, enrolled in a training program, and received great feedback and support around her ability to succeed in the field of humanitarian work.