My Own Career Path to Meaning and Joy
Are you here because your heart is aching for a life that feels meaningful and purposeful – where you’re making a difference in the world?
If you’ll allow me to share a few things about my own Path, perhaps I can help you to feel like you’ve come to the right place, and there’s light at the end of that constricting, frustrating tunnel…
I started off as a bright-eyed piano teacher after a 4 year Music Degree. I wasn’t able to find a permanent position at the time, and ended up as a clarinet player in the South African Army Military Band. A very strange and interesting place for a conservative young woman of 25. It was a shock to the system and eye-opening on so many levels – yet, not very fulfilling at all. I studied part-time to attain my Honours Degree while holding down a second job as a waitress. More eye-opening moments when I realised I really enjoy serving people and helping them to feel happy and cared for.
After 5 years in rain and shine outside on the parade ground, I was desperate for a career with opportunities where my unique gifts would be used and appreciated. I risked a complete career change at age 30 by having a savings policy pay out and studied for 4 months to become a computer programmer. It was scary to leave the comfort zone of a regular salary, yet something pulled me towards taking the leap. I loved the new challenges in this career – a combination of creativity, structure and logic. I couldn’t wait to get out of bed to rush back to work the first few years. It felt like I’d found my ideal career!
Joy turned to Slog
Until I started working too hard as I climbed the career ladder.
I had no idea how to say ‘no’ to too much work, I’d never even heard of boundaries and kept saying yes to unreasonable working hours.
One day I knew. I couldn’t do that anymore. Something drastic was going to have to happen, even though I was anxious about making yet another career change. I’d recently married and was really worried about putting pressure on our finances. My heart and soul knew that I would have to stop the madness that was making me so unhappy, reluctant to get out of bed and dreading Mondays.
I resigned, not yet having the next career planned out. I’d always wanted to support people through challenges and found that people easily opened their heart to me. With the financial support of my amazing husband, I could now follow my heart.
A whole new world and career opened up for me as a result of following my heart on that day when I said “No More! Even though I have no idea where the next cent will come from, I cannot stay HERE, and continue to do THIS. My heart and soul knows there’s something else I need to find.”
Thank goodness I listened!
Today, after obtaining certification in many different ways of supporting, guiding and helping others to work through painful and confusing challenges, I am so grateful to do work that I truly love and enjoy every single day. I discovered through my own growth journey many old limiting beliefs that I needed to clear out. Beliefs like “I can’t make a living doing what I love”and “I have to work HARD for my money.” Do these sound familiar?
I’ve authored 2 books along the way, am the co-creator of The EFT Academy of Southern Africa, and hold certifications in (amongst others) NLP, EFT, Matrix Reimprinting, PSYCH-K, Coaching, Tissue Salts Facial Analysis and Strengths Coaching. These techniques are profoundly helpful to work through stressful challenges and confusion – especially around which career to follow, and how to build a life that’s energizing and purposeful!
Is that where you’d like to be? In a life and career that makes sense to you, that has you go to bed grateful and getting up with a smile?
How I can Assist You
I work with introverts who feel that they want to make a bigger difference in the world. They want to contribute, and wake up feeling that they have a purpose. Together we discover their strengths and what brings them joy, process the emotional challenges around making a possible change, equip them with tools, techniques and resources so they can create work that they LOVE and feel fulfilled by.
My own career path has prepared me to guide you gently through the confusion, fear, loss, doubt and mixed feelings so you can find peace and clarity. A calm brain can make resourceful, mindful decisions. Your own wisdom will be able to speak, and find your own perfect answers from inside. And we’ll use some empowering processes to increase your confidence and chances for work enjoyment.
I’ve experienced change so often in my own career(s) and therefore have deep empathy for the emotional roller coaster. My creative (music) side loves to play and have fun, rediscover the magic of life and add in dashes of joy. My logical, structured, programmer side will make sure we go Step-by-Step, to guide you in discovering the career path that will bring you enjoyment. Then there’s our intuitive and Spirit side that speak to us when we open and listen deeply.
Sometimes, we look in the wrong place for the answer. I’d love to support you to look in the right place, where your heart and soul can answer and guide you to find and create meaningful work.
If this feels like a journey you’d love to explore, please contact me to discuss the possibility of working together. I look forward to hearing from you!