I had a hard time finding practical, applicable resources to support me during this life change. Luckily, I had the support of my family and friends – and my own dogged determination – as I worked my way through this transition. Eventually, I found challenging and rewarding work as a researcher, clinical supervisor of speech-language pathology graduate students, and owner of my private practice, all in my field of speech-language pathology.
Sure, I was securely set in my new work, but the struggle that was a part of this transition haunted me. How many others were out there with just as much energy and promise to share with the world and unsure how to move forward?
“There is so much talent out there sitting on the bench,” was my constant thought. I felt a persistent calling to address this.
In 2011, I submitted a proposal in response to a call for papers put out by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. To my delight, my proposal was accepted! I flew to San Diego and presented a seminar at our annual convention: “Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Return to Work After Extended Time Off.” I shared my journey and resources in order to open up this conversation and provide support to others in the midst of, or contemplating, such a change.
Little did I know it at the time, but following my instinct to reach out to partner with others on their journey of transition and transformation planted the seeds for yet another professional transition and transformation of my own.
I investigated the field of coaching, including hiring my own coach. I knew little about coaching and had to make sure this profession had credibility. It does. My next challenge was to see if there was a way I could marry my respect for scientific research and its positive impact on our lives with my less evidence-based – but just as real – experience of our human capacity to grow and transform through stillness and connection. Yes, I found a way. In fact, my coaching practice is centered on these two principles:
1) Respect for the integrity of peer-reviewed published research and its application to improving our lives, and
2) Reverence for the miracles we’re capable of when we are supported in our quest to find and lead the fullest expression of our lives.
I have been coaching for close to three years now. It is my privilege to partner with my clients on their journeys to a fuller life. Where is your journey taking you? You never know where following your inner voice might lead you as you travel along your path. Why not embark on this adventure only you can complete? Bon Voyage!