1. Tell us a bit about yourself
After having children, I knew I couldn’t go back to my full-time job, but it didn’t take me long to discover that I wasn’t happy being home all the time either. Unfortunately, without any professional guidance, it took me over a decade of trial and error to find a career that met my needs.
Now I’m working hard to make this process easier for other women. I help my client's balance career and family and find meaningful work that doesn't take away from family time. It is by far the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.
When I’m not working, you will probably find me at a baseball field watching one of my four sons or on the ski slopes if it’s snowy outside. I also love to dance and I volunteer at the local high school College and Career Center.
My work has been featured on:
Your Teen Magazine
Career Convergence Magazine (May/June 2020)
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job out of college was actually teaching high school theater and dance. I really enjoyed it, but the hours were atrocious. Working at school until close to midnight most nights was unsustainable with four children. However, I’ve found the skills I developed teaching self-conscious teenagers to perform on stage have been invaluable when helping my clients build confidence and prepare for interviews.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
For years, I belonged to a moms’ coffee group. Half of the moms in the group worked, and half of the moms in the group didn’t. I was surprised to discover that we all had an equal amount of angst. The working moms wished they could stay home to spend more time with their families, and the stay-at-home moms wished they could go back to work to earn more money and contribute to society. Once I realized that I wasn’t the only one struggling, I went back and got trained as a life and career coach to help ease this incredible tension between work and family for mothers.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
Don’t wait so long to go back to work, and don’t feel guilty about it when you do because when you get the career piece of your life right, you will be a better mother and a happier human.
Now that my children are starting to apply to colleges, I can see how watching me pursue my dreams has given them more confidence to pursue theirs' as well. Writing that brings tears to my eyes because getting to this point was a long, stressful journey for me. I would definitely tell myself not to wait until my children graduate to focus on doing what makes me the happiest. Do it right now!
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
This is the place where most coaches will write about how big they want their practice to grow and how well known they want to be in the industry and how famous they want to be, but that’s not really my style. I’d rather grow in-depth than in breadth. I’m satisfied with the state of my career and the balance of my life as it currently is, but I do hope to expand the depth of the services I offer. Many of my clients come to me after infidelity has rocked their sense of security or because their relationships are suffering under the weight of their career stress or lack of personal fulfillment. I've learned that when you aren’t satisfied with work, it’s more difficult to feel satisfied in your relationships, and vice versa. So, within the next five years, I hope to add couples counseling and sex therapy to my list of services to help my clients find a more holistic sense of fulfillment in their lives.
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