I always enjoy reading pithy book jacket bios that read something like:
Linda lives in Outer Mongolia surrounded by a herd of yaks. She spends her time devoted to yurt interior design when not writing her next bestseller.
Alas, I have never been to Mongolia.
My story more resembles a play with 4 Acts and this would be the outline:
Act 1: Arrival
- Nurtured by a loving family.
- Decided at age 13 to become a lawyer.
- Spent the next 12 years proving a multitude of skeptics wrong and earned a law degree.
Act 2: Survival
- Married college sweetheart.
- Raised 2 children (they are the joy of my heart).
- Corporate regulatory work in Chicago with a mix of satisfying church and community involvement.
- Game Plan: Do it all by having it all-together.
- Hit the wall.
- Realized that I could never be Super-woman, but that I really wanted to be Happy Person.
Act 3: Discovery
- Investigated what activities engaged me and what brought me delight and joy.
- Learned the importance of connecting with supportive people.
- Light bulb moment: decision to pursue life coaching.
Act 4: Joyful Homecoming to My True Self
- Coaching people who seek assistance in discovering the life path that will fill them with satisfaction and well-being.
- Considering a trip to Mongolia.
- Choosing to spend my time with those I love and doing what fills me with a sense of well-being. And this is how each day I begin with joy.