Big realization this morning…..
There are only 155 days left to our wedding! Oh dear. How did this creep up on me? I swear just 200 something days ago I was announcing our engagement. I wish I could slow things down, savor each and every moment, capture every memory and relive it all over and over again.
I am always in awe of the energy you feel when things are changing in your life. Good or bad, there's always energy isn't there? I think our minds, our consciousness and maybe even our bodies just sense it. I remember feeling this last year. I began to realize the unhappiness I felt with my career. I had one of the most gratifying jobs ever- I was able to sit down each and every day with a child and help their day be better. Whether that involved big or simple actions, that was my job. Man was that gratifying! But it takes more than gratification and acknowledging the good in what you do to feel happy, doesn't it? At least I think so. I knew something was missing, actually I knew a lot of things were missing. I just didn't know what that meant or what I was supposed to do about it. And so I waited.
I started to pay attention to my moments of happiness- what did they involve? What was behind the emotion and how could that be translated in to a possible career? It was so frustrating at times because my family and friends would ask me…"well, Jenn what makes you happy? What do you want to do if you don't like your job?" I DON'T KNOW! I honestly had no idea and it was such a scary feeling. Here I was, at 29, living my life in Boston. I had graduated college, worked, finished my graduate degree, got licensed as a teacher and a child life specialist…and I still wasn't happy. I wasn't fulfilled. I felt selfish. And I wasn't sure how to change.
What ultimately carried me through trying to answer my questions was this: I began to pay attention to the parts of my life that 1-made me undeniably happy and 2- that I wanted to make better. For me, that was my health, my well-being,and healing my body and my back from years of pain and abuse. A short few months after I began this, I discovered coaching with Beachbody. My gosh was I freaking excited. Here was an opportunity for me not only to create my own business but to be someone who can help others reach their goals, change this life and better their health. Fabulous! Done and done! So I jumped on that bandwagon and kept pushing. But you see, the picture wasn't complete yet. I needed more but I still didn't know what that looked like.
I started to meet with a life/career coach. Together, we started to explore elements of my current job, my new job as a Beachbody coach and my life, in order to see what else was missing. This was a slow process but worth it! I was still working full time as a child life specialist at this point and my level of satisfaction was dropping fast. But so was the economy. I felt stuck, again. How was I ever going to make a huge career move or transition with the economy in the state that it was? I felt stuck, I felt depressed, scared, frustrated, angry and just plain unsure. Unsure of answers that no one else could provide me. I continued meeting with my coach and in the summer of last year, I started to sense the change. Change was near and I could feel it. I was so close to doing something but it was unclear to me…
During one of our meetings, we began talking about coaching in general and how that might be more of a part of my life. What kind of coaching fit me and my style? Being a coach for Beachbody allows me to help people establish new habits, start exercising or change what they are doing and helping them reach health and fitness goals. But I had all of this knowledge in psychology and education that I wanted to put to use. There was a reason I studied that in school and I knew something was out there that would fuse all of these ideas together.
And then we discovered the wellness coaching program through Well Coaches. This was it! This was my gem. A program that would allow me to help people not only change their daily decisions with health and fitness but change the way they think about their day and their lives! Discover true passion and dreams and then making all of that become a reality. It was perfect!!! I will be able sit down with someone, help them craft and change their life in a way that improves all areas of their well-being. My dream was here.
And so I left my job. In the middle of an economic crisis I left my job in order to pursue this dream. Scary? Yep. Planning a wedding? Yep. Just moved into a new home? Yep.
But things have a way of working out. It's been hard, very hard. I have a lot of work ahead of me but I can honestly say I have never, ever been happier. And that is worth everything!
So, my friends, in 155 days I will be marrying the love of my life. I will also have my dream job in 155 days.
There is a reason to my ramble. I hope that my story will allow you to do this: listen to your heart, listen to what makes you happy. Dream big. Take time to sit down and ask yourself: what do I really, truly and wholly want in my life? What does that look like and feel like? And then, very slowly you take a step forward and you go after it.
So my question for you today: have you ever been unhappy with your career/job? If so, what did you do about it? How did you change?
I hope my story is well, entertaining first off. And secondly, I hope my story can remind you that you deserve to love what you do, feel healthy, alive and just darn good!
Have a wonderful weekend
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