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Phoenix Rising, My Encore Story

Summer Solstice 2018

There is a moment when you realize your life is taking a turn. And it comes without warning, shrouded in a mist that permeates everything you think and do. For me, that time inevitably occurred the year I was to turn 40 – six months before, to be exact – and challenged me to ask myself some hard questions. Is this the life I’m supposed to be in or have I somehow lost my way? So, I moved through my days recognizing everything around me was the same – normal, really – but, inside me, there was a swirl of anxiety and uncertainty. As a person who’s always mired in introspection, I could not figure out this most vexing condition. And talking about it seemed absurd. Until I was asked the question “are you going through a midlife crisis?” What? A midlife crisis? Not me. But then I committed to reading everything I could about this phase of life. And lo and behold, none of us really escapes this life journey without a crisis of confidence and uncertainty at some point. Then began my earnest search for purpose and passion that I learned must be driven by my own aspirations and personal accountability. I was the one responsible for shaping a life that fulfilled and gratified me; no one else. In this amazing rebirth I discovered an identity that had been on hiatus. A long hiatus, waiting for the right time to re-emerge and rise.

In 2016, I decided to act on my calling to become a career/life coach. I made a commitment to start a coaching practice by mid-year 2018. Launching the practice on June 21st that year- Summer Solstice – signified the transformation from those dark days of winter to the beauty and light of summer.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.

— Carl Jung

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