Transitions…in life and in career

IMG_1343This first week of March with yet another snowy day ~ provides an opportunity to hopefully post my last winter photographs…and to continue my story of transition. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to read my first blog and perhaps reflect on the transitions you are currently experiencing in your life. I would love to hear your reflections and insight ~ and your story.

Before leaving my corporate job, I began a journey to figure out my next career step. I began focusing on what was important to me in my life and how I integrated that into my work as a corporate lobbyist. What became very apparent and gratifying ~ was that I was living my core values of trust, integrity, connectivity with people, empathy (yes ~ even in the work world)…and ‘giving back’ as a mentor to those seeking career advice and guidance.

Prior to making any decisions on another career, I made my proverbial ‘next-chapter’ lists ~ which included fairly broad themes…such as being surrounded by interesting, thought-provoking and adventurous friends and to seek opportunities to expand my life globally ~ through meaningful and interesting travel. Another important criterion was to live with greater flexibility in my life ~ anyone else relate to that “schedule?” Guess what ~ much of this has happened in unexpected ways!

Last week, I noted the work of Angeles Arrien in her book “The Second Half of Life…” in which she talked about embracing our next 50 years and flourishing in them ~ and what we need to do to consciously shift our perspective. I am particularly drawn to the observation that the second half can present a life with the opportunity to transform and to grow in depth, integrity and character, but only if we choose.

Arrien describes a second frontier in our ‘Second Half’ as one that includes…”The possibility of becoming a mentor, a steward…” This past year and a half has been transformative for me. The decision to become a Leadership Coach ~ through Georgetown University, has enabled me to move through my latest transition with intention, resilience and a greater purpose for my life.

Closing this part of the story, I turn to Arrien’s metaphor of fire and its significance as a symbol of awakening…”The fire of the heart teaches us about what and whom we love. The creative fire signals the work that we love, a keen awareness of our gifts, and our desire to express them as a way of contributing to the world. The soul’s firecalls us to be authentically who we are and serve others rather than our own egos.”

Transitions create vulnerability by setting aside that which we have known and in which we find safety and comfort. In the words of the author James Baldwin…”Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.”

May you always find peace and purpose in your journey through life. ~ Paulette