She is like a partner in this process that has helped keep me accountable to myself and really help me 1) figure out my what my goals are and 2) achieve them. - Laura W. Bell
About the Founder
My story probably sounds a lot like yours.
- Wake up.
- Get out of bed (eventually).
- Feel incredibly tired and disconnected.
- Rinse and Repeat.
Have you ever had the workplace blahs?
I took a pretty standard path to get there: I got my bachelors degree, my masters degree, and then I worked for a variety of organizations, finally ending up at a large company where I was slowly but surely absorbed into corporate America. I started as a consultant, and then got promoted to Senior Consultant, Principal Consultant, and finally to Director of my Business Unit. In that role I managed multi-million dollar client portfolios, lead staffing, recruiting, and business development, and was given all the personnel issues I could handle.
Locked up in cubicle nation.
Full disclosure: I wasn’t actually in a cube. I was in an open-space office with plenty of light (except when I was off in dark meeting rooms).
I had awesome co-workers.
I had a good salary.
I had a flexible schedule.
And I wasn’t happy.
I felt guilty all the time.
Mostly though, I felt like the walls were closing in on me and I’d never get free. It was like being stuck in a bad dream, where you keep thinking that you will wake up and then...
So I went a little crazy
The guilty of not wanting to be at my job coupled with my knowledge that this was not the life I was meant to be living was like a giant weight around my neck. A weight that kept me on the couch watching bad reruns of America's Next Top Model, not really sleeping, and becoming more and more miserable with myself.
I kept thinking: "How could I not want this job that I was good at? Was I stupid to want something else?"
Underneath all of that, I was deeply afraid that maybe consulting was the only thing I was cut out to do and I would be a failure if I tried anything else.
So, I decided to make a change....but I had no idea where to begin. I kept coming up with random ideas (usually late at night), but I rarely followed through on any of them:
-blogging (writing isn't so hard, right?)
-shoe design (I love shoes!)
-children’s book author (there are only 3 words per page, how hard can it be?)
-children’s book illustrator (I can draw a mean stick figure)
-leadership consultant (I was sort-of already doing that)
-Angry socialite (that last one was mostly from watching too much Bravo tv. I’m pretty sure I only dreamed it. Note: never fall alseep on the couch while watching Bravo).
It wasn’t particularly pretty. I felt so stuck in consulting, and I didn’t know how to figure out what was "the perfect" thing for me if I wasn't going to consult anymore. I didn’t want to get it wrong, I wanted very very badly to get it right.
I got some help.
I decided I needed help, but I was soooo sure that I was right about my inability to figure it out that I didn’t really trust anyone to help me.
I signed up for coaching - but I told myself I was only doing it so I could get a certificate (because I could use it to strengthen my consulting background). I figured “if it doesn’t work and I don't know what to do next, at least I’ll have another qualification.”
Getting coached forced me to see that my idea that I would get it wrong was .... well, wrong. And that there are about a million opportunities out there if I could just take a deep breath and stop holding myself back. It was an interesting journey, and the biggest moment for me came when...
... I realized that finding my passion isn’t a pass/fail exam.
Doing work you find interesting is more important than stressing out about finding the "exact right job."
For me the ah-ha came in another meeting room (but this time surrounded by coaches). By this point I knew I loved coaching. Loved learning about it, loved helping people, loved the business side. It was time to stop waiting (and complaining) and actually start doing.
And I needed to shake things up. I needed to start a bit of a revolution :).
My revolution included quitting my job to become a full-time career coach, moving across the country from DC to SF (might as well really shake things up!), and focusing on becoming the best in the business...versus staying mediocre in a job I didn't love.
So here we are today
One company, thousands of people, a Forbes Top 100 website for your career. All rolled up together and building on my mission that we all deserve a little bit more career happiness.
Because when you are happier at work, you are happier in life.
Awesome? Outstanding? Better than season 1 of America’s Next Top Model? Yes, yes,
And now you are here too.
Christie has paved her own path, from bartender in London to analyst at NATO, from Principal Consultant to Director of the National Security Business Unit at a Fortune 500 company in Washington DC. And those are only the jobs she is allowed to tell you about! So you can trust her when she says: “I have absolutely been there, seen that, and worn those uncomfortable shoes.”
She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, a MA from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, and is a certified mediator and certified professional coach. Want to see her in action? Click here!
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