I've been where you are
You are not alone!
I can relate to your situation firsthand, as I too have dedicated over a decade of my life to the helping professions. I worked my way up from being a program associate to becoming a manager, and eventually the CEO and president of a nonprofit organization that I founded.
While I initially felt fulfilled by the work I was doing and the impact I was making, I eventually began to feel a sense of dissonance. Despite my best efforts, something wasn't adding up for me. I began to feel anxious, angry, and eventually, burnt out.
It was clear to me that I needed to take a step back and reassess my priorities. Although I took a sabbatical to try and figure out what was causing this feeling, it wasn't until I returned to work that I realized that the work no longer aligned with me. It was then that I took a leap of faith and left the nonprofit industry to embark on a journey of self-discovery.
I was lost and confused
In 2003, I graduated from high school, and my graduating class was given a book called "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson, MD. Back then, I didn't bother reading it, basing my decision solely on the title. However, life has a funny way of coming full circle.
Almost two decades later, I stumbled upon the book again, but this time, I was ready to read it. Having experienced a spiritual awakening, I left my career of 13 years, went no contact with my family, and ended my marriage. Starting from scratch, I figured that the book was worth a read.
The concept of the book is simple yet powerful. Our "cheese" represents our purpose in life, and as we grow and evolve, our cheese moves too. Our interests, passions, and values change, and in order to find our cheese again, we must be willing to take risks and step out of our comfort zone.
However, many of us are conditioned to operate out of fear, which keeps us stuck in the same place even when our cheese has moved on.
For me, prioritizing my own happiness and personal growth allows me to be of greater service to others. I am dedicated to living the most fulfilling human experience possible, and I am willing to leave behind anything that no longer serves me in order to find my cheese again.
Now, my cheese has evolved to full-time coaching, mentoring, and teaching. I write, speak, and consult on how to give birth to the most beautiful version of ourselves so that we can live fulfilled lives and teach others through our demonstration.
Through my own journey and experiences, I aim to teach and inspire others to do the same.