ONCE UPON A TIME...
I got my wake-up call standing atop a 40-foot cliff looking out into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii. I watched as people jumped into the water below, one after another, screaming and laughing with exhilaration. Me? I stood atop that cliff totally paralyzed.
I was in Hawaii after two straight years of working 50 to 60 hours a week at my corporate day job, a job I had been so passionate about that I didn't even notice that I was burning out until the damage was done. I worked late into the night. I worked weekends. I worked while on vacation. I even worked through sick days, and these were steadily increasing in number. One day my boyfriend kidding-not-kidding threatened to break my laptop. He saw me snapping in half from the stress, and figured the computer would serve as a more effective sacrifice.
I was exhausted. I was sick. And I was deeply unhappy.
I NEEDED A BREAK
Standing at the edge of that cliff, I didn’t have to ask myself if I was the kind of person who would jump. I realize it's not for everybody, but I’ve jumped out of airplanes. I find roller coasters to be meditative. Still, I stood there terrified. So when had I changed? And did I mean to? I suddenly realized I didn't even know myself anymore, and that was scarier than any 40-foot drop.
I came to coaching because it’s a place to figure out who you are, what you want, what scares the sh*t out of you, and then make choices about what's next. I came to coaching because I know that it's an incredibly effective tool people can use to find joy and fulfillment in all areas of their personal and professional lives. I came to coaching because I don't want to waste another second of my life being anything less than my most AMAZING, and for me, that means working with others as a coach.
So what does your AMAZING look like? And where do you find yourself scared to take a leap? Let's talk! Schedule a FREE sample call with me today!
Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly completed her training as a professional Co-Active Coach through CTI - The Coaches Training Institute, and is a member of the International Coach Federation. She is based in Washington, DC, but works with folks from all over! In addition to coaching, Kathryn works as a professional actor, dancer, choreographer, designer, and fitness professional and is an aspiring aerial dance and trapeze artist. Check out all of her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!