At this point in life, I know that I am an ENFJ - Protagonist; Connector/Creative. That means that there is nothing I love more than connecting people with possibilities and ideas. Protagonists are typically genuine, caring people who talk the talk and walk the walk. Nothing makes them happier than leading the charge, uniting and motivating their people and their teams with infectious enthusiasm.
But, it wasn't always this way.
My own journey as a wife, mom and professional didn't always feel so "let's do this!" My story included years (and I mean years) of looking for that right formula amidst a lifetime of chronic worry, anxiety, and stress.
This natural talent for worry affected my family, my work and of course - myself.
What did I have to worry about? I did all of the right things. I went to college, got a job, then a better job, and another. Then my MBA and finally settled into a position with an advertising agency that I had for almost 16 years and a couple of years at another agency after that. My career was challenging, fulfilling (even fun) came with a respectable title, people I liked and admired and all the credibility I could want.
During those years I was also thrilled to become a mom through adoption. But with that came all of the typical struggles of work/life balance and added pressure I put on myself because what kind of mom would want to keep working after they waited so long to adopt? I was driving myself and probably everyone around me crazy with my angst about it all.
Then, in a nutshell, coaching changed my life. Or most importantly, my perspective on life.
Through the work I have done, it transformed the way I think about and function in my work, parenting, leadership, and life in general. What I had initially thought would just help me with my work taught me how to transform every aspect of my life.
When I was eight, I was cast as Lucy from Peanuts in the school play. I think I knew then what my calling was. I loved it. I mean even in her bossy way, wasn't Lucy the original life coach? Giving us all a healthy dose of truth like a good kick in the pants?
I still love working with organizations too, consulting them on their paths, especially when it comes to the magic of their own people. My passion is helping individuals and organizations to truly understand themselves and each other and giving them the tools to be able to handle any situation that may come their way with respect and confidence. We never graduate from the school of self-awareness and the more we understand this and are willing to learn, the better we can be for ourselves, our families and our teams.
And I love to deliver it all with a sense of humor. Because, if we can't have fun while were navigating all that life has to bring, what's the point?
"Laughing is and will always be the best form of therapy"
I'm a fact-finder and I'm fairly intuitive. It means I can listen well, connect the dots an often make connections that others can't. And, if the situation calls for it, I'll have the tough conversation, be honest and say the thing that everyone is thinking but no one is saying. But they still always feel heard, understood and respected. That's my superpower.