At just 24, I thought I was having a heart attack. I sat on my roommate’s bedroom floor and couldn’t breathe. My chest ached, and my mind raced. I briefly considered having her take me to the hospital, but asking for that felt like too much.
I had no idea how to take care of myself.
I’d had pain shooting up my arms and legs for the last few days, and numbness and tingling in my hands. I was breathing heavily and couldn’t focus. I was under a lot of stress (although I wasn’t even conscious of my stress levels at the time!), broke, working nonstop and unsure about my future. While my “heart attack” luckily turned out to be an episode of severe anxiety, it was horrible. It’s something I never wanted to experience again.
A few months later, the job - that had caused me so much stress to begin with - was downsized. It was my dream job at a company whose values and work I 100% believed in.
And the layoff was the best thing that ever happened to me.
The next few years were a whirlwind. I started managing my anxiety with my doctor, moved across the country, and hopped from job to job without a clear vision for the future. Over and over again, I wondered what I wanted. I wished for nothing more than for someone else to TELL me what I wanted. I couldn’t handle not knowing.
One night, exhausted and unenthusiastic about the nonstop job hunt, I gave it one more shot. I knew something needed to change, and fast. The first listing I stumbled across was a position as assistant to a local life coach - and free life coaching was offered as a perk.
This was the doorway that changed everything. I said yes, despite my already full time work schedule and every other excuse my fear tried to come up with. I knew that this wasn’t what I “should” be doing when I had a full time job.
What I didn’t know was that my life would never be the same.
Always a star student, I embarked on a personal and introspective journey akin to a masters in personal development. I started picking up self help books and tarot decks. I tried (and failed) at meditation for months, until something clicked. I spent time alone with my thoughts and stopped trying to rationalize my feelings. I put my physical and mental health first in my life. I started to ask myself what I wanted to do, create and be. Slowly but surely, these experiences forced me to meet myself for the first time in a conscious way.
In all that hustle and bustle towards other people’s dreams, I didn’t realize that I hadn’t even met the real me, in a long time.
I realized my “big plans” were simple: I wanted to empower myself and women around the world to prioritize themselves. I wanted to help people face their life purpose and go for it, even if it meant radical change. And, most importantly, I wanted to keep other women from having to experience the intense burnout I did before finding the courage to live life with more ownership.
I became a certified life coach through Inner Glow Circle so that I could help women create real and permanent change in their lives, and I’m grateful to have been mentored by some of the best life coaches in the world. Since my original certification, I’ve gone on to coach many women over hundreds of hours, and have achieved the prestigious PCC level coaching accreditation.
These days, I work with private clients and with teams inside the most innovative companies to create strategic personal and professional development plans. I use coaching and speaking to teach others how to battle employee burnout, boost employee engagement and ultimately build leaders.
Now, my life couldn’t be more different from that stressed out and anxiety ridden 24 year old.
My body, mind and spirit are aligned, and I’ve become a conscious creator of my own life
I now know who I am and intentionally choose how I show up in the world
I base my decisions on my desires, not what I “should” do
I run my own business and value freedom and self knowing above all else
I work with clients to help them create a reality that truly works for them
I want this experience for you, but I can’t be the only one. Are you ready to take the first step in creating the life and business you truly desire (and deserve)? Are you excited to shift from martyr to a Well Supported Woman?