It’s finally here! I’ve taken control of my life and it feels amazing! This week marks the start of my next chapter. Just days ago, I was an employee of a large global corporation and today I am the full-time CEO of my own business!

 

Why?

What possessed me to leave my comfortable corporate job? Well, that’s just it. It was comfortable. The compensation package was good (ok, it was great actually). And I was content. But being content and comfortable no longer seemed enough for me.

I’m realistically going to be working for the next 20-25 years and I want to do something that I feel truly passionate about.

 

Finding my ‘why’

My journey to finding my ‘why’ has taken me a few years and has been a twisty one. I’m not yet sure if it’s complete.

Age Life Balance blog conceived in Dec-16 and started in Mar-17

Coaching – training started in Mar-17 and qualified in Nov-18

Blue Diamond conceived in May-18 and launched Sep-18 – evolved into 1:1 Coaching & Workshops

 

How I found my ‘why’!

Often people I speak to haven’t found their purpose – yet….

Three years ago I would never in a million years have predicted where I’d be today.

I discovered my ‘why’ via reading, self-reflection, coaching, investing in myself and a few ‘aha’ moments thrown in.

It’s not always been clear or easy. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy along the way. I’ve encountered a number of challenges and obstacles. I’ve also made a few mistakes, all of which I’ve learned from.

My main driver has been the desire to do something I feel passionate about. I love challenging and developing myself – I’m an achiever at heart. I also love helping others to be the best version of them that they can be. Coaching seems to be a perfect channel to do that.

Mid-career professionals is my most recent refinement. They say your ideal client is who you were several years ago and this sums it up for me.

I sometimes wonder where I’d be now if I’d received coaching before my own turning point. Would I still be where I am now? Would I have always reached it regardless at some point?

 

Bit drastic?

For some onlookers, leaving my job – my whole career even – may seem a little drastic. Why not carry on juggling work and coaching?

I will miss my monthly salary. I will miss my colleagues. I will miss the security & support of being part of a large organisation.

But leaving work and running my own business is something I’ve 100% compelled to do for some time. So I’m doing it. I’m fully invested in my present and my future.

 

Motivational drivers

Do you know what motivates you?

I do.

A few months ago I discovered the Motivational Maps profiling tool and took a test.

My key motivators are SEARCHER (searching for meaning and purpose in what I do) & SPIRIT (needing freedom & autonomy). This confirmed to me what I already knew: that I had to break free and just do my thing!

It also explains why being a part of a large organisation was no longer motivating me. In fact, I was actually feeling physically drained by the work and the environment I found myself in. It was not sustainable.

If you’re interested in finding out what motivates you – contact me to learn more.

 

Plans

I’ll be taking much of the next month off with my kids. I won’t lie, I planned to finish at this time for this very reason. It’s the first time I’ve taken this much time off with my family since maternity leave. I’m only a few days in and I’m loving it. I cannot believe how truly liberated I feel…

From September onwards, I’ll be in full flow with my coaching and workshops. Check out my Blue Diamond website here to learn more.

 

Wrap-up

I’m realistically going to be working for the next 20-25 years and I want to do something that I feel truly passionate about. Just days ago I was the employee of a large global corporation and today I am the full-time CEO of my own business!

I feel excited, if a little nervous, that I’m taking the next chapter of my life into my hands. I feel liberated & empowered having taken control.

I had no idea I’d be here three years ago….Just imagine where could you be in three years from now!

 

Thank you for reading! For more on Age Life Balance, browse the blog at www.agelifebalance.com to find out  more.