Kate is in her early 40’s. She is working at a corporate job she doesn’t love but is good at. She has insurance, three weeks of paid vacation and a 401k. She manages a team of people whom she cares about. Yet, she drives to work thinking about where she and her fellow secretly unsatisfied friend/coworker will go for a lunchtime escape. Her favorite parts of each workday are picking out her outfit and arriving home at the end of it. Her employer appears to value her and gives her glowing reviews followed by excuses why there isn’t enough money in the budget for the raise Kate deserves. And there’s nowhere to go beyond her current position. What Kate really wants is to start her own business, a dream she’s had for years along with a hundred ideas of what it would be.
Kate is also a mother of three children and a wife. Her husband is supportive of her dream, in a “someday” kind of way, because it doesn’t seem possible right now. Neither he nor Kate can figure out how it could work, but she feels the passion of the life she could have: more time with the family, flexible schedule, being her own boss, the boredom antidote of new things to figure out, and the combination of zen and fire she feels at the thought of doing something she loves while avoiding the soul death she feels consuming her with each day at her current job.
Kate can’t fully figure out the what and how of her dream becoming her reality.
But I can.
I’ve been where Kate is. I’ve felt the feelings she feels. I’ve savored the same dream. I struggled with the what and how. Today I have that dream and a life I ridiculously love. And it only gets better each day.
I’m her goal champion, master excavator, plan co-creator, accountability partner, cheerleader and tough love(r). She has what it takes…I make sure she knows it. I’m right there with her every step of the way.
Are you Kate?