A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY BACK STORY
The No-Frills, Authentic Version
(PHOTO: With my son after completing our first 5k -- which happened to be very messy & colorful.)
I’m going to come clean with you right from the start.
I used to be an over-achieving, people-pleasing, perfectionist.
I served on lots of committees and boards – often times assuming leadership roles.
Having overcome a dysfunctional past, being offered these opportunities was a real ego booster; it energized me.
But gradually — then suddenly — I started feeling overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed out.
I was in a funk because the big 4-0 … and an empty nest …were looming.
I found myself in an incredibly toxic professional environment where my normal sunny disposition was cloaked by a dark veil of negativity; it was sucking the life out of me.
All this created a perfect storm that forced me to face the reality that some things needed to change… I needed to change.
After I did some serious soul searching about what I wanted my life to be, I stopped trying to prove myself and making everyone happy.
I let go of my fear of rejection.
I stopped continually comparing myself to others.
I started saying ‘no’ more than ‘yes’ and became very protective of my time.
I moved into recovery with my need for perfection and adopted the mantra, “Done is better than perfect.” (This came in really handy when I left my 18-year HR career to start my own business.... but that's another story!)
I began treating myself with the same level of kindness that I showed others.
Today I am a high-achieving woman who is closer to 50 than 40. I have great relationships with my kids but really enjoy & appreciate my ‘empty nest’. I embrace adventure and continually stretch my comfort zone – not to gain praise or recognition or to prove anything to anyone other than to myself. I say no to the good to make room for the great. I am actively moving my dreams to reality… a reality that is richly rewarding and fills me up.
I’m stressing less, achieving more, and taking time to savor life’s juicy goodness; I can help you to do the same.
The Sparkle & Shine Version
(PHOTO: With my mentor/teacher -- America's #1 Success Coach and Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup For The Soul empire -- Jack Canfield. )