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Journey to Gratitude: Day 13

Three years ago, I started down a path to be a “coach”. I wasn’t exactly sure at that time what that meant or how to make it happen, but I had done some research on coaching, and I was convinced that it was what I was destined to do.

Then life happened. I was laid off from my then job, I found out I was pregnant with twins, the twins came early, and I lost one after 9 weeks in the NICU. I tried to get my footing back by blogging about my experience, but then I went and got a “real job” when Bella was 8 months old. Four months later, my mom passed tragically and unexpectedly. A lot of life happened in a short amount of time.

Finally, after several discussions with my boss about what he saw as my strengths, I began researching the coaching path once again. This time, I ended up in a certification program with MentorCoach, and accredited training program by the International Coach Federation (ICF). What a wonderful journey this has been!

Nine months later, I have completed 2 classes, and amidst 2 more, and have 4 classes left to complete my certifications. Outside of my “day job”, I have been diligently working on marketing myself as a Business and Life Coach and have been making some terrific strides towards building my own practice.

Today I am thankful for the journey on which life has taken me, each event adding another piece of the puzzle that brought me to coaching. I am also thankful for how all of the pieces of my life fit together now – a great “day job” that allows me to practice my coaching skills and is flexible enough to allow me to work on coaching on the side, financial stability that allows me to work part time (again giving me flexibility to work on coaching), marketing skills that allow me to build this coaching business – all coming together at *this* moment as though it was perfectly planned this way. What an amazing journey! I’m excited about what 2015 has in store!

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So You Think You Need a Change (Job Change, That Is)

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As 2014 draws to a close and 2015 begins to peek from around the corner, many folks begin contemplating their New Year’s Resolutions. Among those thoughts of resolutions is often a feeling of restlessness about one’s job. Maybe you feel unappreciated. Maybe you’re bored. Or maybe you’re just ready for a new challenge.

Before you start dusting off that resume and crafting your letter of resignation,or worse yet, making rash decisions about going back to school of some kind (which can cost thousands of dollars), take some time to think about why you are restless. Most employees fall out of love with their job because they don’t feel engaged and challenged, and they don’t feel engaged and challenged because their employer is not leveraging their strengths. But what does that mean?

We are all naturally good at certain things. Sometimes it is a matter of being able to perform certain tasks with ease, and other times it is a matter of how you handle life in general. For example, some folks are naturally good at organizing things, while others may be generally kind and generous. So what are YOUR strengths? CLICK HERE to take a test that will rank your top 24 character strengths.

Another great personality test to find out your strengths and limitations is the Color Code test, which assigns one of four colors to your personality. Based on your personality color, you have some natural strengths, but also some natural limitations (or as some would say, weaknesses). CLICK HERE to take the Color Code test.

So now you’re armed with an idea of your natural strengths. Now what? My Career Discovery Questionnaire will walk you through your next steps, including what jobs may utilize these strengths.

CLICK HERE to download my Career Discovery Questionnaire

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Did you learn anything new about yourself? Did you find some new career choices that you may not have known existed? Better yet, is there a way to incorporate these strengths into your current job to give your job new life?

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What are your next steps? A Coach can help you map out an action plan to achieve fulfillment in your job, which can also provide better overall life satisfaction and fulfillment. Contact Jenny today for your FREE Discovery Session to find out if coaching can help improve your life! Start winning YOUR life TODAY!