So often, we hear about people who are stuck in a rut. They have a lot going for them yet still don't feel happy or fulfilled. Or they've put their dreams on the back burner as they're busy with their current career or family.
They're exhausted, carry a lot of guilt and prioritize themselves and their wellbeing last.
Or they have trouble saying no and setting boundaries.
I get it. That used to be me.
I had a lot going for me, yet something was lacking.
While staying at Sick Kids for 31 days (over five visits) with my son, I finally had time to think once my son fell asleep at night and asked myself three questions. "Am I happy? Am I healthy? Do I feel fulfilled?" My answers to all of those questions were "kind of." Well, kind of for me is not OK, so I knew things had to change.
I had a lot of anxiety and stress in my life. I also lacked passion for my work and dreaded going to work in the mornings. I started with finding a career I was passionate about and then expanded into other areas of my life, such as what activities make me happy and what changes do I need to make in my life to be healthier, physically, emotionally and mentally. I also realized I hadn't been living authentically. I lived a version of myself I thought I should be in order to get ahead in the corporate world. It was exhausting.
It took working with coaches and therapists to understand that unhealthy habits are not just about food and exercise; they’re about our inability to cope with the stresses of day-to-day life. I struggled with investing both time and money in myself but looking back I can see it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I think as women, we so often put our fulfillment second to everyone else’s. Perhaps out of guilt?
Now as a certified Health, Life and Transformational Coach combined with firsthand experience, I help working professionals who are burnt out from juggling it all. Together we maximize their well-being so they can be successful in every area of their life.
As English novelist Rose Tremain said, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” We only have one life, and I for sure do not want to waste it.