I had what I thought was my dream job.
And then it wasn’t.
The changes happened slowly. I started spending more money on frivolous things “to treat myself.” I planned a vacation while I was still on one to have something to look forward to when I went back to work. I ignored the warning signs because I had a “good job,” made decent money, and was the breadwinner for my family. Everything was "FINE." When I thought about leaving, I told myself the grass wasn’t greener somewhere else.
But I knew something wasn’t right. I felt like my soul was being sucked dry.
I dug into my background in curriculum design and creative problem solving. I drew from the over 100 books I read each year. I figured out what I really wanted – and what I didn’t – and used my skills and strengths to redesign my life.
The key to crafting a career path that ticked all the boxes was getting clear on (and being honest about) who I was and what I wanted and taking manageable steps in the right direction.
I am a Professional Certified Executive Coach with the International Coaching Federation and love sharing my process with other high-achieving professionals who felt stuck. I have coached early career professionals, people who left the corporate world to launch their own ventures, and those looking for meaningful “work” in retirement. What they all have in common is a desire to engage in work that gives them a sense of direction, control, and purpose, in a culture that aligns with their values, and I consider it my mission to help them get there.
The best piece of praise I ever got from a client was: “Working with Kirstin came at a time when I was feeling fragile and quite lost. Now I'm working on new and exciting projects, and I'm looking at some of my past but languishing interests with new eyes. I am happier than I have been in a long time.” Another told me, “I wish you had a time machine to help me sort these things out years ago.”
I don't have a time machine, but if you'd like some help in writing your next chapter, I’d love to work with you!