I can tell you that it is possible to recreate your life, no matter what your current circumstances are.
How do I know?
Because that’s exactly what I did for myself.
And more than that?
It’s what I now do for a living, helping my clients reinvent their lives.
But, it wasn’t always like this.
Here’s my story…
On the same day I lost my job,
I found out I had an autoimmune disease.
The job wasn’t one that I loved.
In fact, I hated it. But I had stayed with it because I felt like I had no choice.
I couldn’t just walk away from a high-paying corporate job and all of the security that comes with it. You just don’t do that.
I was also a caregiver to ill family members (a terminally ill parent and an ill sibling).
I was stressed out, overwhelmed and overworked… but that was part of being successful, right? Taking care of everyone else was what good people do, right?
So the news that my company had lost its biggest contract, and that I would no longer be needed, did not come as a relief.
And then… just one hour after receiving news of my termination, I received the results of my bloodwork from my doctor.
I had an autoimmune disorder, for which there is no cure.
(For those of you not familiar with these types of diseases, it means that your body is confused and starts attacking its own organs. Imagine that your new status quo is feeling like you have a really bad flu… all the time.)
At that point, I had no idea what my future would look like.
No job. No income. No health. Just a broken down body.
Over the next 3 years, things got worse. I took another (toxic) job to make ends meet, my health got worse, and things escalated with my sister’s illness.
So I did what any sane person would do…
I decided to go on an 11-day cycling trip in the Mediterranean mountains.
I had to take out my savings to do it.
And I knew my health would slow me down.
But I didn’t know if I’d ever have another opportunity.
So I told myself, “I’m worth it. I’m worth one big trip. A trip of a lifetime.”
On the trip, I was by far the slowest of my group.
On day 4, my body was so exhausted, I had to sit out that day’s ride.
I felt like this was proof that my life was over.
As the rest of the group took off, I kept thinking, “How am I supposed to handle the rest of my life? I can’t manage with this disease.”
I cried the entire day, unable to stop the tears or hide my sorrow from my fellow trip mates or the world at large.
The next day, I was still unable to ride – so I sat reflecting on all I’d been through.
As I gazed out over the stunning landscape and deep blue sea I felt a shift take place inside me.
I thought, “Look at where I am. Look at what I’m still accomplishing. I’m realizing my dreams in spite of my circumstances. I keep thinking I can’t handle it. But I am handling it. And I’m cycling mountains in Italy even though I am penniless, very ill and see no future ahead! How many people would even dare to do this?”
When I returned home, I got sicker and sicker. It became clear that I needed to make some drastic changes or else I was doomed.
But I was scared, and couldn’t see what possible choices I had since I was so ill and struggling alone.
Then one day, I saw a quote on Facebook:
And I realized, “I’m the one that needs to take flight, leave the job, and focus on taking care of me.”
Because if anybody could figure out a better way to live – and handle it – it was me.
So I quit my job and gave myself a year to live off of my retirement savings while I figured out my life.
That’s when I finally followed my intuition and signed up for Life Coach Training by Martha Beck (Oprah’s life coach) as well as Mind-Body Coach Training by Abigail Steidley (Director at Martha Beck’s Institute and owner of Anamsong Mind Body Coach Training University).
And today, I love my life.
I’m now a life and mind-body coach who helps others listen to their inner stirrings, by aligning their life with their values and putting their potential to use in a way that feels meaningful and purposeful.
My clients feel inspired to take action. And they feel like it’s 100% possible for them.
Your circumstances do not dictate your destiny, you do.
Although great challenges can feel overwhelming and it may seem like there are no solutions or avenues for you to take, I can reassure you you can recreate your life and fill it with the things you love – it just takes a shift in perspective and recognizing the infinite life force that you are.