I do things a little differently than what you may be used to.
Most notably, I don’t think you should have to “hustle” or burn out to find and keep doing work that is fulfilling.
This does not mean I let my clients sit on the couch and eat bon-bons, or tell them to “just give up and let the universe be your guide.” This does not mean I want you to let life pass you by or stay stuck in an unfulfilled never-ending cycle of shallow work, just because it’s easier to do the job you already know and cry into your wine glass every night.
But it does mean I think there’s more to life than your career success—like your health and happiness—so we’ll approach things in a way that takes into account everything you’ve got going on and helps you let go of the feeling that you have to impressively juggle everything.
Make no mistake: This goes against our very nature as doers, get-’er-done, accomplish-it type people. This is radical and it’s weird. I mean, I’m telling you not to actively seek your dream job and not to bust your butt to reach career “success.”
I didn’t always think this way. I’m a former Corporate America Participant, having hustled through my 20s in the fast-paced conference industry at one of the top organizations in the field. It was a tough work environment, and I found myself getting sucked into something that didn’t ring true to my values. Though I was making good money, developing good relationships, and learning a ton, I was ultimately unfulfilled, burned out, and felt like I was fighting through my days.
One (typical) late Wednesday night in late 2011, I was taking the subway home from the office and I caught a glimpse of myself in the window. I looked completely miserable and exhausted, and had even developed a pretty not-rockin’ case of rosacea. And I was only 28.
I knew this wasn’t what I wanted for my life.
So, I quit my job, gave up my apartment in New York, and moved to South America alone. I arrived in Buenos Aires and immediately signed up for an intensive Spanish class. I volunteered at an NGO. I traveled through Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay. I became my best possible self. Oh, and the rosacea disappeared.
I came back home with a greater sense of purpose than I’ve ever felt, and promised to never lose this “best possible self” feeling again. (Real talk: I definitely lose that feeling from time to time, but the difference now is that I know how to find it again when I've gotten off track.) I became dedicated to showing up every day of my life with integrity, intent, and love- with a large dose of humor—and to helping other women do the same.
After 3+ years working privately and in groups with 30-something women to help them get in touch with what will truly make them feel fulfilled, understand what is holding them back, and put plans into action to accomplish those goals, something was still missing. While my clients saw incredible results, I couldn’t help noticing a couple of things:
How much pressure we as women put on ourselves to have everything figured out now.
How difficult it is to make major moves for your professional and personal development when you’re trudging through your day-to-day.
That’s why I founded the Career Passport, a way to literally and figuratively transport yourself to your “best possible self” reality.
The Official Stuff
I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). This means I completed 250+ hours of training and do regular continuing education work to keep being a better coach for my clients. I’m also part of professional organizations like Dreamers//Doers, BNI, Lean In, Six Degrees Society and others, and this regular interaction with other awesome professionals helps me learn from others and pass that learning onto you. I graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a history, sociology and business degree and I bring that 360-degree global view into my work with my clients and everything I do.
The Fun Stuff
3-4 Year Goal: Own a winery in Argentina or Uruguay and build a retreat center and B&B on the property
Biggest Fear: Besides being locked inside a banana processing plant? Being lonely.
Book That Changed My Life: Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Most Challenging Experience: Completing the four day hike to Machu Picchu
Proudest Moment: Putting my money where my mouth is and launching my damn retreat business (after years of talking about it!)