The biggest realization I’ve ever made was that I didn’t have to sacrifice a fulfilling life OR a fulfilling career.
There’s a way to have both.
It started as a long personal journey (nearly a decade, in fact), searching for meaningful & challenging work WITHOUT having to sacrifice attending my kid’s after school activities or worrying about mentally “checking out” on the nights and weekends (for fear of what might show up Monday morning if I did).
Almost every driven working mom I know struggles between the challenge of making an impact in her career with the responsibility and desire to be present & engaged with her family. Can you relate?
Technology has done amazing things for business & life...and yet, many of us end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted trying to DO & BE EVERYTHING to EVERYONE because the to-do list, emails, etc never seem to end.
As I got closer to hitting my 40th birthday, I realized that despite reaching every career milestone I’d set for myself, the excitement of those wins lasted for shorter and shorter periods of time before the feeling of discontentment would settle back in.
The success I had worked so hard for, honestly, felt empty & I began to crave MORE than the life I was living. I wanted to do meaningful work (instead of deal with red tape, processes and work that didn’t resonate with me) AND have my career to be part of my life, but not dictate it.
Ultimately, it took two cross country moves & years of researching, job searching and racking my brain before I finally figured out why - - why I felt unsettled & lost, why I wanted more when everyone else around me seemed to be happy when I wasn’t, and why I kept chasing the next thing to try and make it better.
For years I wondered why couldn’t I just be grateful for what I had...I felt guilty & wondered if the problem was me. I finally came to realize that the problem wasn’t me -- it was that I was looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. And honestly, what I was doing wasn’t working. I grew tired of making changes only to find that they ended up being more of the same 6, 9 or 12 months down the road.
Making the decision to stop trying to “figure it out” on my own & instead seek help to finally get clarity on the RIGHT direction for my career & life changed everything.
My journey & what I discovered has been so impactful for me, that I’ve made it my life’s mission to help other women create lives where they too can have it all.
Here are a few stories of successful business women who, just like me, decided to create a new path that would allow them to have a more fulfilling career & fulfilling life. I hope they will inspire you to create your best life as well.
How Meghan transitioned from Retail Regional Director to Financial Strategy Consultant after an unsuccessful job search
Over the last few years, Meghan had found herself less & less passionate about the work she was doing, so when she was furloughed, she decided to take the time to figure out what she wanted to do next. Having been in a volatile industry for almost 17 years, she knew all too well the fear of
whether or not her job would be eliminated.
Meghan was constantly working 50+ hour weeks and had very little (if any) flexibility. She couldn’t remember what it felt like to be energized by the work she did, but she wasn’t sure what other roles or industries might be the right fit for her.
Meghan began her job search & started networking, catching up with old colleagues and listening to their own stories of transition. Despite the time she spent connecting with others, her networking efforts weren’t leading her anywhere. Whenever someone asked her how they could help or whom they could connect her with, Meghan fell silent.
She didn’t know.
As willing as everyone was to help, they didn’t have a clear understanding of how Meghan could add value or what exactly she was looking for.
She was expecting them to connect the dots for her, but if she couldn’t sell herself, how could they?
When we connected, Meghan was spending around 20 hours a week searching jobs on LinkedIn. Everything she found was either more of the same OR required experience she didn’t have.
Despite the time she was putting in, she wasn’t seeing success in her job search.
It was then that she began to realize that she needed help to get clarity on the right path for her & learn how to position herself in the market for success.
Together, we uncovered why she wasn’t fulfilled & identified the most important things for her to be happy & successful for the long term. Next, we determined what pieces of her job she’d enjoyed the most and how those skills could be utilized in several different industries or careers.
During the process, she gained an understanding of her natural ways of working and the specific attributes she needed to look for in her next job, including the culture of the company & leadership. This was critical because most of Meghan’s career had been at one company & she wasn’t sure what else was out there, what would be the right fit, or how to best position herself through an interview process.
Once she had that foundation, it was easy to learn how to communicate in a way that built a bridge between her past & her future, showcasing that she already had the skills, experiences & traits others were looking for, she just happened to have used them in a certain way or industry.
The best part of all? The confidence & clarity she gained— knowing exactly what she was looking for, how to stand out in the market and how to maximize her value through negotiating her job offer. This allowed her to be targeted in her approach, saving her a lot of time & energy that would have been wasted continuing to go in circles.
Within just a few months of working together, Meghan transitioned into a role she says is “scarily close” to the dream job she envisioned and wasn’t even sure was possible.
She transitioned from being a regional merchandising director to strategy consultant at a financial services firm.
Today, Meghan wakes up feeling energized to go to work in a role that’s focused on everything she LOVES doing… AND she accomplished all that while increasing her income & having more time to enjoy her life.
FROM Fearful that What She Wanted Wasn’t Possible TO Creating Her Dream Life
Monique was suffering from severe burnout in a new role where the culture fit wasn’t a match, despite having done a lot of research beforehand.
She needed more flexibility & the ability to shut work off so she could be present for her daughters, but her job made it nearly impossible. She
found herself constantly working nights and weekends, all for a job she wasn’t passionate about anymore.
Monique knew what she was doing was not sustainable.
Despite conversations with family & friends, she felt trapped & fearful that what she wanted didn’t exist or would come at a big financial sacrifice.
She knew she needed to make a change, but she wasn’t sure exactly what that was or how to transition into something else without taking a huge pay cut.
It was important to make sure the next move would be the RIGHT one so she wouldn’t regret it & end up back in the same situation or worse.
Through working together, we unlocked her fulfillment framework - the key things that she MUST have in her career & life in order to be happy in the short & long term. Next, we identified her secret sauce transferable skills & explored all of the ways she could leverage her experience across different roles & industries to transition into more fulfilling work.
By diving deep, we identified her passion for championing diverse businesses & were able to connect the dots to her past experiences & how they made her uniquely gifted to do this work, even though she did not have prior experience in this area.
It took working together for Monique to understand there was so much more possibility for her life & that she could transition into a more fulfilling career & life without sacrificing.
With clarity and confidence on who she is, how she works best, and what she’s truly passionate about, we identified the best roles & companies that would allow her to build the life she wanted. Then, we built a strategic plan to position & communicate her skills in the market so she easily stood out.
As a result, she was able to transition into her dream job & drastically increasing her income & quality of life, while gaining the flexibility she needs for her family.
Monique transitioned from being a buyer in retail to Head of Emerging brands in the beauty industry & gets up every day passionate about the work she does.
Patrice stopped sacrificing for the big salary (because she didn't have to!)
Patrice, an HR professional, found herself stressed out to the max.
She was tired of feeling emotionally detached from her work and sacrificing her family time, but was lost & unsure on where to take her career. She just knew that what she was doing wasn’t it.
Patrice was debating what change would actually make things better. Should she go back to school, change careers or start her own business?
She felt pulled in all directions, with one worry at the heart of it all: abandoning the skills and expertise she had spent her entire career building.
Fast forward just a few months & her life has drastically changed. Long gone is the frustration of being in a career that no longer fits or the fear that she wouldn’t be able to replace her income.
Through diving deep & working together, Patrice was able to gain clarity on how to best use her skills and passions. She was able to be strategic & thoughtful in identifying the right path for her & realized what she really wanted was to own her own business.
Like most women, Patrice didn’t realize that the skills, knowledge and passions she’d developed through her own personal journey could be turned into a new path that would give her financial and personal freedom...and do so without wasting years or tens of thousands of dollars going back to school.
Within just a few short months, Patrice turned her skills into a consulting business, landing her first two clients & negotiating six figures of income.
Through this transition, Patrice learned how to elevate her skills & stand in her value, building a bridge to entrepreneurship that protects her family, brings passion back to the work she does, & sets herself up with a strong foundation for the future.
In discussing her journey through the program, Patrice described herself “like an emerging butterfly. I'm still learning & I'm still on this journey, but I feel like I have a new lease on life.”
Today, women have more choices & opportunities than we’ve ever had to create the lives we want AND make a great income, whether you want to build something of your own or stay in the corporate arena. There truly is no reason to live a life of compromise & sacrifice.
*All client success stories have “Story” or “Journey” in the title to help them stand out!