I have an incredible sense of freedom this week. I resigned from my job! Gosh, I never thought I’d say that.
I’ve been on maternity leave for almost a year and when my bub was only 4 weeks old ( I know, what was I thinking??) I enrolled in a year long certification course to become a Health Coach.
I’ve spent the last 10 years being a Social Worker in Hospitals in Both Sydney and the UK and have loved it. It’s been challenging, rewarding, emotional, frustrating, joyous and exciting. I’ve had the privilege to work with people in some of the darkest moments of their life and offer them a glimpse of kindness and support.
Whilst pregnant with my 2nd baby and working in a hospital Emergency Department, I decided that it was time for me to move away from this career. I am so energised by helping people and guiding them to reach their goals. I love health and fitness and everything that goes with it AND I really wanted a new career path which was more flexible and allowed me to be at home with my kids.
It was incredibly hard for me to admit to myself and to others that the monotony of feeding and changing a newborn was getting me down. But when I did, and decided to go back to study, to give myself a focus and challenge JUST FOR ME, I felt a huge weight off my shoulders.
I won’t say it was easy. Listening to lectures while rocking a baby to sleep and studying for exams after a 12 hour day with 2 kids, was exhausting. But I was loving everything I was learning. I was passionate about creating a business and I was improving the health of myself and my family in the process. I am coming to the end of my studies this winter and have started working with some amazing clients! I work the hours I want, get to help people reach and surpass their health goals and still have the opportunity to spend glorious sunny days in Sydney with my little ones.
Three powerful questions helped me get to the place where I was ready to leave my Social Work career and embark on this new journey. I thought they might be helpful for you to ask yourself if you are in the same place I was. Looking for something new, different and exciting that makes you feel passionate about the life you are living.
Here they are;
1. What is good for the world? (What could the world use more of, what could people benefit from?)
2. What do I enjoy? (What are you passionate about, what energises you, what activities bring you joy?)
3. What am I good at? (What are your strengths, what comes naturally to you, what have people told you you do well?)