This time last year, I was terribly unhappy. If you looked at my life from the outside, you might have thought I had it made. I was a senior manager at large company, in an industry where few women ever make it that far.
The thing is, it wasn’t fulfilling anymore. I knew I wanted more. Things had changed, and so had I. My life didn’t fit who I really was anymore. So I made the decision to retire and start a new path.
Today I’m in much a better place! It wasn’t an easy path to get there, but it was worth it. I wake up each morning feeling much healthier and happier knowing that I’m making a positive difference in people’s lives. Walking on the beach daily is another benefit.
How did I get there? How did I make the transition from having a vague hope, a fragmented vision in my mind, and turning into a reality?
By clarifying what I really wanted, what was really important in my life. By making the commitment to action, and surrounding myself with mentors, friends and allies who helped me make it happen.
Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to have such people in their lives. The sexism, pressure, and subtle disrespect that sometimes comes with working in a male-dominated industry can take a huge emotional toll, and many women have to deal with those obstacles alone.
We spend so much time at our jobs. It’s a terrible thing when something you used to look forward to each day becomes something you dread.
And this trouble never stays confined to your professional life.
When things are so off in this one aspect of your life, it begins to affect everything else. Your relationships, family life, social life…it all begins to suffer if your job becomes a toxic environment.
I know how that can feel, because I’ve been there myself. It can be exhausting, even bleak.
If that’s where you are, please come to my open virtual office hours. Starting in January 11, I will be available on each Wednesday at 8pm(EST) each month to talk with women like you dealing with these issues, at no cost to you.
If you’re not happy with where you are in your career, aren’t getting proper credit for the projects you’re working on, or if you hate being the only woman in a male-dominated industry, this is a confidential place for you to vent, share stories, and get some actionable tips from others who are right there with you.
If you want be in different place one year from now, AND you’re ready to take that first baby step, start with the office hours by going to our office hours page and fill in the form so that the call in information can be sent to you.