When I was in the midst of navigating the turning point that led me to become an entrepreneur at midlife despite being safely ensconsed in my management position at a national non-profit organization, I found myself heaving and listing like a ship at sea.
Stay. Go. Stay. Go.
I was torn between feeling the need to have stability, a regular income and health benefits, and the desire to break free and follow a calling I only now truly understand. I struggled to make a decision because I, like many professional women I know, felt an obligation to my employer; to my husband; to my grown children; to my mother who lived with us; to everyone apparently but myself.
It took losing out on a coveted promotion and dealing with a life-threatening, but undiagnosed illness to shake me up enough to finally put myself on the map. At the age of 48 there was a changing of the guard and I said goodbye to the old and familiar and hello to the unknown.
How much easier would it have been if I’d had access to a program that dealt with this kind of transition? If I”d had the support of others who were going through their own turning point, or a mentor who could have helped me navigate through my old life and the new; who could have helped me to somehow successfully merge them both? That experience is what drives me in the coaching work I do with women in midlife. It’s my north star; my touchpoint, and a reminder that midlife is more a blessing than a crisis, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Thinking about getting some help navigating your midlife transitions? Drop me a line and let’s see how I can best support you.