I started working at the hospital at the ripe old age of 19. I was full of energy and ready to make a difference in people’s lives by being part of an amazing team that helped take care of them. I had good pay, benefits, a flexible schedule, awesome colleagues, a stimulating environment and lots to learn. Within a short amount of time, I had a permanent full-time day position; which is THE position to have; essentially what most employees strive towards for years. I should have been thrilled but I wasn’t; I felt trapped. At 23 years old, I had to go on sick leave for burnout. I realized that my idea of a happy and fulfilling life didn’t fit the status quo and I needed to make some changes.
Fast forward to three years later, I went back to school, switched departments, went back to working evenings and now only work part-time. While I feel a lot better, I still feel that this isn’t what I’m meant to do for the rest of my life.
Over the years, I’ve had multiple side gigs and what I loved most about them was the freedom to choose what jobs I wanted to be part of, with whom I wanted to work and when I wanted to work. While none of the jobs I tried felt like something I could do long-term, they all reinforced one thing I’ve known all along; I want to be my own boss.
Then I stumbled upon coaching and WOW! This is what I want to do. Coaching is a combination of my love of studying human behaviour, my need for personal growth and development, my passion for fitness and helping others and the freedom I crave by being my own boss. I’ve spent the last few years reading books, articles and blogs, watching webinars, attending seminars and training sessions and then getting officially certified in May of 2016. I know there is still a lot to learn but for the first time in years, I’m excited to go to work again.
What are you passionate about? Are you making enough time to explore it?
Let me know in the comments.