Life just happens unless you direct it the way you want it to go.
That isn’t bad thing. We can stumble across great things-careers, people and places.
I enjoyed my found path for a long time. But I wanted a change when I realized I wanted to live differently than that career would allow.
I left college with a degree. Then it was all about getting a job in my field. I was clueless and had no one to guide me.
Waitressing had been my means to an end. It was how I supported myself through college. Then after college, it was how I got a car.
I was fine waitressing after college, until I got the car. Then I felt stuck.
My plan was to work nights as a server and look for jobs during the days. It didn’t quite work out that way. I worked, hung out with coworkers after work, slept late the next day, getting up only in time to do a few things before going back to work. I was suck in a rut that was getting me nowhere.
Once we get comfortable it is hard to change.
I needed a change, a big change. I had a friend who had moved to Atlanta and encouraged me to follow, so I did.
Once I got to Atlanta, I started looking for jobs in the paper-I was clueless-but I found one in video editing. It was the job that got me started in film production. Through that job, I met people and then found my way to freelancing.
I learned so much when I started freelancing in film. I learned about networking, relationship building and being part of a community. Atlanta is where I learned about how to make freelancing, in film production, my career. I was on a path I thought I wanted. I was only thinking about the job not the lifestyle. I was proud to have found my way to a career using my college degree.
I went to LA to continue on that path with a tentative goal of directing.
Once there, I imagined how my life would look if I stayed in film production. There were things I liked and things I disliked. I knew it would take time to get established in LA. So, I started to ask myself questions. Was this really what I wanted? Did I like the lifestyle? Did I want to stay in LA?
For the first time I was thinking about how I wanted to live. I was thinking about what was important to me. That is when I realized film production wasn’t going to give me the life I wanted.
I knew it was time for a change but once again had no clue what that change was going to be. My new husband suggested something. So I jumped on that path. It wasn’t right for me and ultimately not for him.
I tried other things after that and I finally found the career designed for me. I didn’t even know coaching was a career until I hired a coach to help me.
I wish I had a guide many times in my life.
Choosing a college, choosing a major, getting a job after college and finding a new career all would have happened faster if I had someone helping me. I struggled to find my way by trying new things, and searching for answers.
Once I found coaching, I knew I was in the right place.
Coaching uses many skills I learned in film production. One that I always loved is collaboration. As a coach I help my clients open up to new ideas, new thoughts, and new directions.
Remember we can’t see what we aren’t looking for.
That is why I am here doing what I do. I help people see possibilities, help them see that they can do anything they want, and help them get there.
Life is too short to work in a job you don’t like. Isn’t it worth doing something you love?