My epiphany: We have just one life to live and have no idea when it will end. Therefore, why live waiting for the next big thing to happen before being truly present, happy, and connected to those we love.
Growing up with my dad who was a psychiatrist and my mother who was a therapist, I was encouraged to look for deeper meaning and ask thought-provoking questions. Inspired by them, I completed a psychology degree with the long-term dream of becoming a therapist. However, I deferred this dream because I wanted to gain wisdom and life experience before trying to help others. In the meantime, I embarked on becoming a successful serial entrepreneur, running multiple tracks many times. My supercharged success pattern was one in which I was in serious competition with myself, and I always wanted to be seen as THE BEST at everything.
My first upheaval came during the 2008 financial meltdown when an internet startup I had poured my heart, soul, savings, health, and marriage into, evaporated along with my marriage. A few years later, a bout of mononucleosis forced me to slow down and this disruption made me realize how fast and hard I had been running for decades. The final piece in completing my epiphany was losing my mother within weeks of her cancer diagnosis. It was then I realized that we don’t live forever, we can’t take our supercharged success with us when we die (truly, no one cares how quickly we respond to emails), and all that matters is our relationships with those we love.
It was from this place of self-discovery and self-reflection, I launched another startup but this time focusing on Employee Happiness and Well Being. As I got to know the Coaches I was hiring for the startup, I realized I was resonating very strongly with the Coaching Model and it was much more in alignment with who I was than being a therapist. This set me on the path of getting trained and certified as a Professional Coach.
As I embarked on the journey of helping others through coaching, I became more grounded and anchored with more losses of close family members. This anchoring has softened my soul to hold space for other people’s suffering and struggles. I am now a fierce advocate for self-care and self-compassion with my clients and myself.