As far back as I can remember I dreamed of helping others. I wanted to be a teacher or counselor. I was often the person my friends sought advice from when they needed help in their own lives. It felt natural to give advice and help others feel good.

Then life happened. Being on my own at the age of 16, I did what I thought I had to do to get by. I decided to work in retail. I had a very successful career, working my way up the corporate ladder. I loved training, developing, and mentoring others and I was really good at it. But helping others was only part of my job. There were many other aspects of my career I learned to be good at, that I didn’t feel good about doing. I mastered those other things because that’s what I thought I had to do to have a successful career. For lack of a better way to put it, it felt icky.

I was only living part of my purpose. I settled because that’s what I thought I had to do to survive.

It wasn’t until I left that career and focused on life coaching and mentoring full time that I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I knew I’d fully stepped into my purpose, what I was born to do.

You are born with a unique blueprint. You have natural talent and abilities that only YOU can offer. These are the things you’re passionate about that light you up inside. Whatever this is for you…this is your purpose.

Think about it. Do you have a career that you’re good at because you learned to be and you thought that’s what you had to do?

Have you fully stepped into your purpose?

It took me a long time to figure this out, and for a long time I felt alone. I didn’t know where to go for support and guidance.

I’ve shared my story to let you know that you’re meant to enjoy what you do in every area of your life.

Your career can and should reflect who you are in work and in life. That’s when you know you’re where you’re meant to be.

If you’re feeling unfulfilled and unclear about your path I want to help.

Go here and set up a free clarity session to connect with me and learn more about how you can receive the clarity and support you need to embrace the life you were born to live.

Article originally published here on LinkedIn on August 22, 2017.