I worked night and day for many years and had lots of energy, as I was doing work I was passionate about, exercised regularly and ate well. Then in 2011 things started to change. While in Afghanistan, I got pneumonia twice and started to get recurring bladder infections. I was passionate about the work, kept working intensely and didn’t listen to my body. This continued into 2012 when I signed a one-year contract with an NGO that promotes women’s and children’s rights around the world.
Part way through the year-long contract I began to lose my passion. I started to feel SO tired. In the last couple of months my client asked me to negotiate a new contract for 2013. I was close to signing and asked to “sleep on it”. On awakening, my body felt so bad; like a lemon that had been squeezed dry. I realized I needed to take a break. I thanked my client for the opportunity and declined the offer. When asked why, I said I wanted to create more balance in my life.
I spent much of 2013 focusing on creating balance, studying and experimenting with various tools and techniques from neuroscience, Eastern Philosophy and the business literature on working smart. This included starting to meditate daily, using mindfulness practices, continuing to practice yoga four to five times a week, spending more time in nature and consciously spending more time connecting with family and friends. I also slept 10 to 12 hours a night for about 3 months and was still tired. In April I consulted a naturopath who said I had toxins in my liver, adrenals and kidneys. She put me on a number of homeopathic meds.
In mid-May (2013) I started to feel more like myself and began to write the book on Creative Living that had been in my head since 2008. On May 22, 2013 after listening to a teleseminar, I had a life-changing experience. All the pieces of my life came together. I got clear on the last line of a faith statement I had developed at a personal growth workshop years before; that “I am here to help build peace in the world”. In that moment I realized that my purpose was to help women find inner peace so they can then build it in their families, communities, workplaces, societies and eventually the world.
I am committed to enabling and supporting High Achieving Women to identify their passions, create balance and work smart while staying healthy and happy. Through my coaching programs with groups, individuals and organizations and through speaking engagements, I shine the light on the attributes of High Achieving Women and the impacts the negative attributes have on our work, lives, relationships and our health. I want to prevent other women from burning out and becoming ill and enable them to find more joy, fulfillment, balance and inner peace.
My coaching programs provide practical tools and strategies based on personal experience, work with clients, in-depth interviews with High Achieving Women and are supported by evidence from neuroscience, the health-promoting and healing benefits of the arts and Eastern psychology.
I invite you to join the Creative Living Community and learn to find balance and inner peace so you can contribute to building peace in your family, community, workplace … and in the world.