Wednesday, April 21, 2010
when i grow up
on monday morning my artsygirl doodled this at the breakfast table, and it's clear she is more opinionated about her future than i was at her age. even when i was a teenager i had no clue what i wanted to do with my life. i loved to doodle, but it was only on t-shirts and covers of mix tapes and i didn't see much of a future in that at the time. in hopes of some direction i took a career development test, which revealed that i was best suited to be either 1) a superintendent of a concrete mixing plant or 2) a shoe salesperson. i will never forget the day the high school counselor handed me that piece of paper! it set the tone for decades to come. no doubt it was a lousy test, but my reaction to it - and others that i took after it in college and graduate school - reflected that i didn't have a solid sense of self or the confidence to go after what i really enjoyed doing. rather than dismissing that test as a load of bullshit, i was really disappointed. i wanted those tests to tell me what to do. obviously not a sustainable way of living. and so began that journey i chronicled in nice to meet you.
i'm fascinated by the profession of life coaching that has taken form over recent years, and i think i could have benefited greatly along the way from a voice of reason - not a substitute for the journey or one that provided a bundle of packaged answers, but one to help me get more out of my exploration, one to ask the questions that i was terrified to leash upon myself. one of those people i've met along the way is michelle ward, who has dedicated herself (and has gone through intense training) to be a life coach, and has just made the leap herself from corporate life into a full time coaching career. she well knows that journey.
so we decided to team up and give away a doodleprint of nice to meet you. if you'd like to toss your name in the hat, please stop by michelle's blog and leave a comment there. if you are one who is still ransacking corners of the earth to find yourself, you'll love her world. it's full of motivation, reminders, questions, nudges, even a scholarship to get you going. don't miss her interview with newsweek in which she describes what a life coach does, how she made her own life changes, and how she became certified to help people emerge from their career misery. she's someone i wish had been around in my day to help me hash out what the hell i was doing with myself.
if you're willing to spill, what did you want to do when you grew up? or have you done any major career changing/lifestyle alterations throughout your years? i love stories of people who work up the moxie to rise above their funk, nail down their calling and make it happen. i am still working on it!
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