It’s hard for me to believe, but this summer marked the start of my fourth year working as an executive coach. As with any milestone or anniversary, this one has made me reflect – on how I got here, what’s gone well and what hasn’t, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
If you know me personally or have followed me for some time, you may be familiar with my story. I spent fifteen years working as a lawyer and executive in all kinds of businesses, from publicly traded companies to high growth start-ups. But about five years ago, I began to feel the gentle nudge that something wasn’t quite right, and that there was something else I was meant to do. After sitting with this feeling and giving it some time and space to develop, I eventually left my legal career behind to focus my work exclusively on helping people like me – high performing professionals who were struggling to find a way to continue doing the work they loved while feeling like they were thriving.
To be honest, I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made. I’ve spent the past three years learning, growing, and working with a set of fabulous clients. Watching them make lasting changes they didn’t think were possible before is truly the most energizing work I’ve ever done. Every day I feel grateful to work with them and challenged to become even better as a coach.
Since I’m being honest, I also have to tell you that my entrepreneurial journey (like most) hasn’t always been easy or smooth. I often joke that there’s nothing like being an entrepreneur to make you aware of your insecurities and hang-ups. There’s more truth in that statement I’d like to admit. But, there’s also no better training ground for personal and professional development than entrepreneurship. I’ve learned more about myself in the last three years that I could have imagined. I’ve grown in ways I didn’t know I needed and would have doubted were possible.
There will continue to be ups and downs in my journey, I’m sure. At this point, however, I can’t imagine ever practicing law again. In fact, I can’t imagine doing anything other than what I’m doing now. There will undoubtedly be changes to my business, and I’m committed to continuing my own development so that I can bring new and exciting coaching offerings to my clients, but my heart lies in helping people make the changes they want most in their lives and careers.
The other main driver in my decision to leave my corporate legal career behind was to find my own better way to thrive – ways to be more present for myself, my family, and my friends. This leg of the journey has also had it’s up and downs, which I’ll share in more detail in my next newsletter. (Don’t receive the newsletter? You can sign up here.) But overall, I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve found a way to do work I love, with people who challenge and inspire me, and have the space to be there for those that matter most in my life. It’s been a pretty blessed ride, and I can’t imagine what’s around the next corner.