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Life Transitions

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

It’s official. I am here. I am officially here.

It’s taken a while.

That’s okay.

This picture is of me and my husband on our wedding day 21 years ago. It was the happiest day of my life. Well, evening of my life.

On that afternoon after a very busy day of preparations, as the priest led me out of a room to walk down the aisle, I looked at the clock and saw the time: 5:57 PM. The nuptials were to begin at 6 PM and we were on time. At that moment, I felt like a prisoner finally freed from the to do list, guest list, phone calls, and organizing people, places and things. Looking at that clock, I knew that if it wasn't done yet, that it wasn't going to get done and that I did not care. I was free!

Throughout the ceremony and evening, though, there was a life changing payoff for getting to that day and that moment. As I walked down the aisle, we said our vows, and then walked out onto the street where my husband's high school marching band was playing Al Green's "Love and Happiness" (his wedding gift from me), I could feel a palpable web of love growing around me. The feeling of love around me continued to grow and set its roots during the reception. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before.

On our wedding day, my husband and I had been together ten years and two weeks. It was a long road to get me -- and him -- there. There were ups and downs. And even the week before the wedding I questioned my decision. After ten years and one week with this man, I was still questioning whether I should marry him. Wow. I am slow to commit to say the least. I have to weigh and touch and feel and KNOW everything before I move forward.

Post wedding, twenty-one years and four months later....

So here I am, embarking on another transition. This time, one to do with career. That is, on the surface.

It’s taken (lots of) time, nudges, kicks, and support from others, great loss, self examination, learning and determination from me, and a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on most every aspect of life in the western world. But the most important thing it’s taken me to get here is love. Love from others (especially my husband!), from myself, and for what I do, that is, helping people connect the dots to unveil their gifts and skills and themselves to impact the greater good. You see, I am a firm believer that if each of us sees what is good in ourselves, and what we have of value to contribute to the world -- however small or large you want your contribution to be -- the wellbeing throughout our circles of families and friends, workplaces, communities and, indeed, the world, will be improved. So simple. And so hard.

That’s where I come in for you. Even for someone in this business, that is, career coaching and experiential education consulting, change is HARD WORK. To change ourselves, our ability to navigate prospects for opportunities, the programs we administer, learning environments we lead and the way we communicate is not easy. In addition, there is competition for everyone’s attention and at every turn. And those attention getters can get in the way of connecting to ourselves, information we need, the people around us, and opportunities that await us.

While it's taken me a long time to call myself a coach/consultant, I am recognizing that facilitating conversations and experiences, creating unique sharing spaces, connecting others to important resources and people, and most importantly, their own gifts, is exactly what I have been doing my whole life -- my aha moment! So maybe it hasn't taken me so long after all. I am just now calling it something different and reaching out to a broader audience.

So, I am here. Let me know how I can help you discover your aha moment, make the connections you need and changes you seek. I am here. I am ready. And I hope you are too!

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