Case Studies Part 2
"I FEEL IN CONTROL OF MY FUTURE & CAREER"
I had been working at the same company for my entire career, I'd grown up there. And while that has offered me great opportunities it also has taken me down a road that ultimately wasn't in alignment with what I felt wasn't ME. The struggle between my inner self and this job was affecting all parts of my life.
I signed up for YCH because I knew that a half measure wasn't going to solve this for me anymore. I had taken every job fit test, you'd be a great XYZ quiz and personality profile under the sun. I needed something more. Laura and her course offered the accountability, flexibility, and structure I needed.
I feel in control of my future and the direction of my career now. Until I went through this process I felt very much at the mercy of those around me to make decisions to direct my fate. I get to make those choices and will not allow someone to do that for me again.
I really know what is going to make me happy at the end of the day, what I can live with to feed my family, and what I just cannot do.
I am about to leave a job that has caused me a lot of pain, and I couldn't have done that without YCH (tried to for years now!)
“A BLUEPRINT FOR WHATEVER MY FUTURE THROWS AT ME"
I was really unhappy with my job. I spent most of my time pissed off, frustrated, and didn’t like the person I had become in the office and at home. I knew that my job lacked the meaning that I wanted and I felt I was doing things more for other people than based on my own goals and motivations.
Your Career Homecoming has allowed me to dare to go for something I wouldn’t have had the confidence to aim for, something that I may have thought was conceited to even imagine.
I have a blueprint for whatever my future throws at me, thanks to the massively increased understanding I have of myself and what I see as my place in the world. I have a sense of purpose, a mission to absorb myself in, and an area that I am passionate about and fascinated by. I feel confident and comfortable about this new direction.
“I KNOW WHAT BUSINESS I’M GOING TO START”
I was almost a year into my latest position in higher education development when I finally accepted the realization that while I was good at what I did, I wasn’t passionate about it. I was playing safe and needed a program that could help guide a change.
I knew it was going to be hard to balance YCH with a full-time job, raising 3 kids, being a supportive wife and completing my first full marathon, but the program was a no-brainer so I went for it.
Now I know what business I’m going to start, and I’m definitely more confident – and proud – because I am aware of what I really want and the type of legacy I want to leave. Even though I’m still employed in higher ed for now, YCH extended greater confidence in my job.
I’m taking bigger steps than I ever have before. I walking down the path that I’m creating as a result of the YCH work. There is no denying the path will require time and effort but I’m committed to following it. Knowing that my calling can make a difference for people I admire is amazing.
“ALLOWED ME TO EXIT GRACEFULLY"
I found a brand-new facility that hadn’t even opened yet, filled out their application, and told them they really wouldn’t need to interview anyone else for the position I wanted, that I was all they needed, and more. (Such boldness!)
I have *you* to thank for that, Laura, because the work we did reminded me of what I didn’t want, but also what I needed to be okay — and to allow me to exit gracefully from the horrible-fitting job I was in.
So, Laura, thank you from the bottom of my heart! You gave me the confidence to realize I didn’t need to compete with 100′s of other applicants, and from there I had only to decide the *how* of going out and picking up my new job… (just like shopping, LOL).
“I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT”
Before I signed up for Your Career Homecoming I had an okay job in veterinary medicine for 10 years. I had been looking for a change for some time, but every time I thought I’d figured out what I was going to do next, I convinced myself that where I was was good enough and that I shouldn’t complain or take the risk of pursuing something new. I was so burnt out, stressed, tired, unmotivated, uninspired, and my work performance was terrible in ways I never thought were possible for my high standards and work ethic.
Then, I was fired from my job. Though I had a lot of fear about the future, it turned out to be just what I needed to initiate change.
In YCH, I learned that I can have a transition period – I kept thinking that I needed to go from my crummy job straight to THE DREAM job. Having this re-framed was essential in my process.
I have an idea of what I want to do now and a new awareness of how I want to work. When I finally figured it out, it didn’t come with a choir of angels and trumpets; it just made sense. I feel confident that if I take steps in the direction of my purpose, the road will be illuminated on my way. YCH was a very complete plan which spoke to a part of me that I needed to hear from.
UPDATE: I did end up going back to school to get a degree in Nursing. I worried a lot about how I would pay for college. However, when I went back, within a few months I received a scholarship for a FULL RIDE. Yeah, no joke! For me, it was a sign that I was on the right track.
I still use my worksheets about every 6 months to reaffirm my decisions. They help me to know I'm still in alignment with the values I put in place.
Thanks for the emails! I still read them and feel part of the community even though it's been a few years.
"WORK THAT MAKES ME FEEL MORE CREATIVE AND ALIVE"
As a nonprofit director with two business degrees, I will admit that I was a bit leery of taking a program that was taught by someone who comes from a different discipline. But I am SO glad that I did.
I finally have what it takes to say “yes” to a change and let go of the past. I am letting go of parental and societal expectations (the path I *should* be on as an MBA, etc). I am more aware of what it feels like to “come home” and Laura created the space for it to slowly sink in with me that it’s OK to want this feeling while I work. Did I have doubts? You betcha. But the YCH community was there to keep me going.
Update: Yesterday [6 weeks after YCH ended] I told my boss I was accepting another job (quitting). WOW, that was cathartic! Thanks to the support of YCH, I have been able to reconnect with work that makes me feel more creative and alive. I am now able to move away from my toxic boss and work environment, and work in a way that’s in alignment with my personal / family needs and Homecoming Career.
“I FIGURED OUT WHAT I REALLY WANTED FROM WORK”
I was working from home and raising my three kids. My youngest children were about a year away from kindergarten and a full school day. I felt like it was a good time to put the focus back on me and address some concerns related to my work. I had always been told I was a “people person,” but I couldn’t understand why year after year my clients were draining me and why I couldn’t find true satisfaction in the work I was doing. Getting answers to my uncertainty was exhausting because I just couldn’t get to the wisdom on my own.
Your Career Homecoming helped me identify the beliefs that were holding me back and articulate what success would look like for me. I figured out what I really wanted from work and walked away with options on how I could serve the world in strength.
I feel a tremendous weight has been taken off my shoulders! I am motivated in a new way because I understand my story and what I need to strive for in order to flourish. Currently I’m focusing my creativity to giving value in the area of character strengths. I believe everyone has an inner-beauty that can fuel deeper connections, positive experiences, and authentic self-expression. My work helps people to be understood. I will always cherish what I learned from Laura and continue to use the results of my YCH experience as a “life” guide.
“MUCH MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT MY FUTURE"
My husband had just gone into remission for cancer, the hospital bills were piling up, and we were both frustrated that he was still the one working daily, despite chemo and radiation, bringing home the bacon as the breadwinner of our household. I was feeling shame, guilt, and desperation that my freelance job as a virtual assistant was inconsistent when it came to being paid.
Now I feel more energized and more confident about finding work. More opportunities (especially writing and editing ones, jobs I had dreamed about in the past) seem to be opening themselves up to me, more than ever.
And I love the group coaching calls and the YCH community; there’s something about being with others who are on similar paths, yearning for similar goals, that makes you feel less alone, more fortified.
I feel much more hopeful and confident about my future, wherever it goes. I am realizing there isn’t just one path for me. The career that feels like home can and will change. And that’s okay. Trust is something I can actually hold onto now.
“THE CATALYST I NEEDED”
The words that would describe the amazingly positive, insightful and thought-provoking journey of Your Career Homecoming just don’t seem to exist.
Your Career Homecoming was the catalyst I needed to get past my stale, unproductive way of thinking about my future, my career. Your amazing ability to ask just the right questions in a way that’s gentle yet piercing to the core made me think about the answers and reset my “what I want to be when I grow up” button. The importance of HOW I want to be when I grow up became crystal clear.
This experience set me on my purposeful path and gave me the roadmap I needed to chart the right route.
UPDATE: I have really appreciated your guidance over the last few months and I know that some of the decisions I made were a direct result of going through this work with you! I honestly don’t believe that settling on a master’s program and going through with the application process would have happened had I not been able to clarify my vision of where I wanted my career to go. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support, the encouragement, the hard questions, and the kick in the pants!
“I ‘RETIRED’ FROM MY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT POSITION”
I was feeling unfocused, scattered, knowing I needed a change (…it was LONG overdue), but not certain of the direction. There were elements I wanted, like creativity, but other than that I was sitting with a bunch of anxiety over what steps to take next.
Your Career Homecoming helped me to look at my journey from a variety of angles, ensuring I created a full and complete map to bring me to my Homecoming.
UPDATE: I “retired” from my property management position! Well, more accurately, I moved it into my home and turned in into a 2-3 day/month job so I can focus on building my new business.
“I WAS HIRED AT MY TOP PICK RANCH”
I have some awesome news to share. In three months I will be working on a dude ranch in Wyoming. I get to meet people from all walks of life, write in my free time and take photos of the beautiful landscape, and of course wear boots and jeans every day.
It was visiting a ranch last summer that sparked the question, “Could I do this for a living?” So I began scouting ranches online and submitting applications, which was an experience of its own having to submit my resume that highlights my work background in finance/real estate and trying to explain why a realtor from Nashville wants to work on a ranch. Anyway, it worked! I had several interviews and just today I was hired at my top pick ranch. I’m so thrilled and wanted to share that with you. Thank you for helping me open up to my hopes and desires and discovering new thoughts of what work means to me and how that might look.
“INTERVIEWING FOR A DEFINITE CAREER HOMECOMING”
I was not stimulated in my administrative job, unclear what to do to move forward, and not utilizing my best skills.
Now I am in the process of interviewing for a definite Homecoming Career!!
The wild thing is that I used to joke with people that if I retired or if you gave me a million dollars today, what I would do is continue to do the programs that I’ve been volunteering with for the past 10 years. And what’s amazing is that I could actually do that. There’s only one paid position in this entire organization, and I’m up for it. They contacted me. That is pretty unbelievable. But before YCH, I felt like I actually had to have a million dollars in order to do this work. Because who gets to do this for a living? Maybe I do.
And that’s one thing that has really stuck with me from YCH. Laura helped me recognize my own style and how things come to me. I’m not Mr. Write 12 Things Down and then go do them. But I still experience lots of awesome success, and synchronicity, and growth. I realized that I don’t really like to hustle, and that’s not a detriment. I learned in YCH that I am not flawed. I do not have to revamp the way I do things. I have to embrace more and more of who I am and my style of things and not complicate it.
“I EXPECT MORE AND I KNOW I DESERVE IT NOW”
I had been contemplating a career change for about two years because I felt like my current position no longer aligned with who I was or how I wanted to show up in the world. I would apply for jobs that I really wasn’t excited about but sounded like something I could do. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t land one interview during that time. I knew it was because my heart just wasn’t in it. I was frustrated and knew I needed to take a different approach.
I thought at 37 years old I had a pretty good handle on myself, but through YCH I learned a lot about myself and how to ‘own’ those unique qualities and leverage them effectively in my next career. Rather than trying to bend and shape my resume to what I think an employer is looking for I feel like I know who I am, what I need and want from a position, and am not willing to settle for anything else.
I have my own personal filter to run potential career choices through and if it doesn’t meet my standards, it’s not the right fit. I have shifted from the, ‘You have a job that pays the bills and has health insurance so be happy,’ mindset. I expect more and know I deserve it now.
"I DON’T FEEL TRAPPED IN MY JOB ANYMORE”
After I finished my MFA program, my sole goal was to find a job that would allow me time and energy to write so that I could finish my first novel. I took a part-time corporate support job at a law firm in New York City. I had both an income and time and energy to write, and I felt incredibly lucky. Eventually the balance between my law firm job and my creative energies that had served me so well for the past two years shifted. I felt like I was trapped in all-work-but-no-play mode, and this made me anxious and frustrated, but I wasn’t sure how to repair things.
Now I feel freshly committed to writing and am both more aware and adept and more realistic about balancing the writing part of writing, the business part of writing, and paid work, and I’m able to be more open-minded, creative, and versatile about brainstorming ways that I can tip this balance by seeking out paid work that is more creative and by seeking out ways of getting paid for my writing in addition to trying to sell my novel. YCH also gave me a big booster shot of patience with my current job, and I don’t feel trapped in that job anymore. I feel level-headed and autonomous.
There’s nothing I’d change about Your Career Homecoming. This program is a lifeboat!
“I’M SERIOUSLY TRYING OUT MY BUSINESS IDEA”
I was struggling with what career I should choose. There were so many options, and I was trying to combine everything I liked into ONE career!!
Laura is hilarious and means business at the same time. The process was fun, reflective and gives you a chance to evaluate each career option with your intuition AND logic- something that I haven’t seen with other career coaches. If you want some clarity, even if it’s clarity on ‘What career do I start exploring first?’, get into Your Career Homecoming and get ready to know yourself like you never have before.
I am at a point where I’m seriously trying out my business idea (like- actually talking to people and having SALES conversations!), so I’m experimenting as I go. Your Career Homecoming has provided me with a firm starting point so that I’m not floundering anymore with ‘what shall I do with my life?!’
“I FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT MY NEW CAREER PATH”
The prospect of hunting for one more job, one I did not want and probably would not be great at anyway, was discouraging. Very. I needed to find a career that would incorporate my creativity as well as provide reasonable income and stability.
Because of the Your Career Homecoming process, I’m much more conscious of who I really am, as opposed to who I think I am or who I’ve always tried to be. And I feel confident about my new career path.
“I DEFINED THE ETHEREAL THING IN MY HEAD”
The Homecoming Binder. Oh, how I love that binder. It provided very specific questions to start defining the ethereal “thing” in my head that could potentially become a new career.
Would I recommend YCH to a friend? I would say Yes. And then Yes again. It is an invaluable experience, and worth the cost, if you’re willing to do the work and follow through.
“I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MY CAREER”
I felt I was at a cross-roads. I liked my job, but did not feel any sense of fulfilment from it on a personal level.
I feel really good about the future of my career now. I am more open to possibilities, and feel more confident about what my intuition says is a right move for me. I was able to explore so much during the course that made me aware of my past successes, what matters to me most, and how I thrive and I watch for those things now in my day to day. I would highly recommend Your Career Homecoming to anyone who is searching.
UPDATE: I sold my home and downsized to a condo! Part of this enabled me to refinance and open up doors financially to consider courses for my planned YCH career. It also enabled me to gut and completely renovate my condo so it is exactly a true reflection of me. I also recently met a lovely guy who has become a huge part of my life in a very short time. As for the current job, I was recently recognized for my hard work with a promotion and raise (which was amazing)!
I would say that all of this came as a result of deep reflection and learning that I have been doing over a number of years – and with the help of YCH as well to help me segment my life into going for the things that are a true representation of myself and putting other things aside that are not.
“I KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE"
Before YCH, I was unemployed by choice. While I knowingly had left my job without another job so that I could take a break, the plan never was for me to be unemployed forever. But even with over a year to rest and recover, I still couldn’t navigate my way into job seeking beyond sitting on job posting sites.Every job looked either “too hard/not qualified” or “something I would hate doing.”
YCH appeared to be exactly what I was looking for – not a job in hand at the end, but a knowledge of self that would help me from never being in the situation I was currently in again.
When people ask me what I’m going to do, I no longer have an internal mini-crisis. I feel like I still have some work to do, but I have the tools to do it. I know what the next steps I need to take are. And instead of seeing dead ends and no possibilities, I see possibilities and opportunities.
“I CAN RETURN TO THE WORKFORCE ON MY OWN TERMS"
I was bored out of my mind at work with a high stress level. I felt drain, burned out, lacking in creativity and options. I knew I could not keep doing what I was doing and so I stopped; I took a big break. While the big break has been awesome I wanted some ideas about what to do next.
I knew a traditional type of career counselor was not going to help me because they tend to do an outside in type of process – see what is in the world and how I could fit it, and what I wanted and needed was an inside out approach. I needed to understand more about me and see only then, what in the world might fit or what I could create from my strengths and joys. I am glad I did!
Now I feel like I have the knowledge and tools to set myself up well professionally and avoid burn out much more effectively. I know what type of work makes me happy and is sustainable versus just what I can do to make the most money. I feel like once I decide to return to the work force I can and will do it on my own terms.
"I'M DOING WHAT FEELS LIKE THE NEXT RIGHT THING"
Before YCH I was bored and at the same time exhausted by my job. I didn't feel creatively or intellectually inspired or fulfilled. I felt disconnected from my true interests and abilities and I'd lost faith in my inner guide. I didn't want to just grab on to the next job idea I had without knowing what it is I really want.
I'm definitely more confident and in tune with my values and abilities. I feel like I know myself a lot better and I'm less hesitant about speaking up and expressing my thoughts at work and in my personal life. I'm more conscious of taking responsibility for my fears and anxieties, and hopes and aspirations. No one can do this for me.
I've learned to reconnect with my interests and strengths and to trust my inner guide. I know with greater clarity now the kind of work I want to be doing, what I need from my career, and most importantly, have a framework to apply when making decisions towards getting there.
I'm doing what feels like the next right thing.