Surely I had been given these gifts I loved so much for some reason, some purpose. But at the time, minus the art therapy, the counselling, the coaching, the Thoughtleadership and Wellness Leadership lenses through which I now view the world, I just couldn't see it. And so I had one of the absolute darkest, dark night of the soul moments in the years not long after that. But then in the midst of that, found my way onto the community services and the private practice and then, after many cumulative years Health, Wellness, Emergency Services, RTO and corporate experience, the business and leadership coaching and mentoring path many of you now know me on today.
Seventeen years later, rather than playing characters on video or stages, I'm speaking as ME on videos, Webinars, I've spoken on stage at my share of industry events, networking evenings, at my own events and I rarely say no to an opportunity to sing something I love with people I love. And have to concede I'd still always consider getting out of my idea of how life should be done to consider something that's aligned and purposeful. Though that being said, right now, ALL my energy is pouring into building the momentum of my offerings supporting Leaders. But the point is, last few years, funny how things still came around to constantly business mentoring and chatting to clients who were also wanting support to own THEIR voice and courageously put it on a video or to put themselves front and centre at their own events or at a golden speaking opportunity they'd been offered. Funny how those early pieces sometimes combine later with other bits of our puzzle in whole new ways more perfect than we could've at first imagined.
Sometimes life (or we) have a grander plan, and a longer term plan for ourselves, than we can see for the trees in the moment. But it's always there. And even if you miss one of the entry paths into the magical Forrest of your destiny, who's to say that you haven't planted multiple means, multiple additional paths leading forward or back towards the experience you came here to have, the purpose you came here to (co-)create with whoever is there and feels to do it with you, ready or not, when they show up in your world to journey with you? Bless them when they do. How can you re-adjust the plan to embrace them when they do? When it's right, there'll always be a way that works for both of you.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.