Greetings from someone perhaps a bit like yourself, if over the years you've worn more hats than you expected and possibly taken some unanticipated hits, as well. Thus, you'll have learned firsthand some of the ways life messes with plans, expectations, and/or hopes now and then. To support seasoned women such as ourselves in dealing with these setbacks and/or embarking upon new paths, I trained and became certified as a life coach.
Since I'm not taking appointments now, perhaps you might think of me as an ally in your corner, cheering as you navigate the aging process itself, pursue various goals, undergo a transition of some kind, or work through any of the following processes:
* Getting clear about your present circumstances
* Sorting out what you believe needs to be done and/or how you want things to be
* Planning how to make that happen
* Getting from here to there
I put up this site to share some of the things I've learned over a lifetime, in case any of those might be useful to others. If you do choose to explore, however, please understand two things: (a) I'm a coach, not a therapist; (b) a goose may emerge from time to time to offer "assertive" encouragement. If she gets too pushy, just ignore her. ;-)
Questions, suggestions, or requests? Feel free to send me an email message vía the Contact page. Meanwhile, if you'd like to know a little about the person writing this stuff, read on...
Over the years and among other things, I've served as a
Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean; taught school; helped manage a work-release program for federal prisoners; edited countless documents in public health, water/sanitation, and international development; and served as an active volunteer, grant writer (also voluntary), and occasional board member for philanthropic organizations.
Hardly a "focused" background, is it? But also not that unusual, I think, as life sometimes requires more flexibility and compromise than may feel comfortable at a given moment. Perhaps you've noted this phenomenon yourself now and then, yes?
In my own case, just as I'd decided in my mid-50s to focus fairly ruthlessly on my own stuff, the "Fates" started messing with me again: serial health issues, my own and also those of loved ones; aging parents with Big support needs; fallout from goals deferred...etc. But there were also some good times during that period, which helped me stagger along until my life eventually lightened up.
And why even share those details? To add yet more evidence that the journeys of others are often neither shorter nor more straightforward than our own...and to encourage you to keep plugging along yourself during those times when Life may fail to match your expectations/hopes.
If your own odyssey has included unexpected twists and turns, detours, and even blockages, please bear something in mind: that was then. If now you're considering an alternate route or even a brand new journey, perhaps you might also stay open to broadening and/or deepening your
gaze...or shifting its direction entirely, should any of those feel right for you at this time.
You might also prepare yourself for the clutching hands of habit, health issues, any needs and/or expectations not your own, this month's crisis (or crises), etcetera. Meanwhile, though, three cheers and a parade if you're looking closely at your Own wants and needs. You could be taking the first steps of a great "trip."
So, two votes (one for me, one for the goose, right?): keep taking those steps, and see where they lead you; remember to have some laughs along the way! And, as always, "may the Force be with you" as you go.
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