One of my lifestyle dreams in my mid 20’s (when I was working 60 - 80 hour weeks in my law firm) was to have more freedom. Over the years, my goal steadily shifted from becoming a successful lawyer, to having more flexibility and balance in my career.
It's no surprise that when I finally made the (difficult yet essential) decision to leave my career in law, I took refuge in a position in Local Government - a place where I enjoyed a flex day once a fortnight, was able to take the pressure off in terms of my ambition and gained the time and space to contemplate what my next move would be. It was a period of transition, and like all transitions in life - there came a time when I had to leave the comfort, the perks and the easier hours - to stretch myself once again - throwing myself (well, sensibly applying myself - I was a lawyer after all) into the career path my soul wanted.
Don’t get me wrong, my transitional government role was not without it’s own challenges. I had to get used to having a lot more ‘down time’ and learn how to be with myself without needing career achievement to bolster me. I had to let go of the huge ego boost I had built up for myself as a lawyer and take steps to detach my ‘real self’ from my ‘career self.’ I had to find my own self worth without the title of ‘lawyer’ and let go of some long held ideas about who I was. There were times when I was bored, periods when I didn’t feel like I was stretching myself and living up to my potential and times when I felt confused and without clear direction.
But I did learn and grow a lot, so much so, that I cultivated openness, discovered my soul career, married and created a life much richer and not just focused on work. It was here I was led to Life Coaching and began the journey of accreditation. It was also in this role that my son was born, and I was able to take generous paid maternity leave.
I also picked up some great tips about how to be grateful for the work we may find ourselves in - even if it is not our ideal fit, our dream job or career. I discovered the most powerful step we can take is to shift our perspective on what we have in our lives, and instead of looking for what is missing, incomplete or wrong - we can focus on the positive aspects and opportunities available to us in the moment. Because life really is one big transition period!
We can apply this philosophy to almost any aspect of our lives - but as we are dealing with the topic of career at the moment, let’s focus on our work lives:
Amanda is a (reformed) lawyer turned holistic life coach, self-care advocate, workshop facilitator, writer, speaker, avid reader, nature lover, chai tea drinker and mother to a curious, active toddler. A spirit seeker who loves connecting with others on journeys of self-discovery, Amanda believes we can all find our own version of success and live an empowered life.