My website has gone through a little bit of a re-brand. Have you noticed? Well, that re-brand was inspired by something…an epiphany I had, which was related to this quote.
Those were the last words my first life coach said to me before we ended our time working together. It had been 8 months and about $10,000 dollars worth of
CLIMBING LIFE’S MOUNTAINS.
You see, there was nothing wrong with my life before now. I spent 10 years doing biomedical research and started my
SELF discovery BECAME MY MOUNTAIN.
Self-care and personal growth became the methods by which I found myself. And in doing so, I found my passion in life. It wasn’t some formulaic journey that I could scribble down and disseminate to the masses. It was personal. It was disjointed at times. It was rough and I failed forward as consistently as I fell backward, hard and fast. Half the time, I couldn’t even tell you where I was going. But I was digging deeper into my journey and into myself, answering questions that I’d never asked of myself, delving into emotions, stories and limiting beliefs that I had resigned myself to, that I had accepted or hidden. And what’s the take away from that?
Well, it’s not tangible. That’s for damn sure. The best words I can use to describe it are
And the bonus? That this journey gave me my passion. It gave me coaching. It’s the only career I’ve ever pursued where things just clicked and suddenly that vibrant, passionate, boundlessly enthusiastic feeling I had always wanted wasn’t hard to attain! It gave me the proof that not only can go from jaded to fucking in love with your life and career you’re
And the coolest part? The physical challenges and the physical strength…it became a vehicle. It became
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WE CAN ALL CLIMB LIFE’S MOUNTAINS…
Those mountains just look different for everyone.
For someone, that mountain might be school, getting the degree. For someone else, it might be their health. There are so many options. Our finances. Our relationships. Our love life. Our emotional health. Our environment. Our career and cultivating a purpose in our lives. Our hobbies and allowing ourselves the freedom to play and enjoy ourselves It might be deeper than that. It might not just be our emotional health, but our vulnerability,
AND THE CRAZY THING ABOUT LIFE?
You might summit one peak, just to arrive at the next. You might conquer one feat, one insecurity, one obstacle, just to find another in your path. It’s the curse of this life, but it’s also the blessing. It’s the reason why the logo I chose for this re-branded website was a mountain range, made up of Delta symbols (cuz I’m a nerd!). Because challenge and change are fundamental to the human condition and to
My coach also told me another story before we wrapped up that call. She said…
That’s life right there. Once you climb one mountain, you’ve laid the foundation to climb the next. Literal and figurative. Because everytime you show yourself that you’re capable of climbing that mountain, of overcoming that obstacle, you’ve instilled proof in yourself, evidence. You’ve demonstrated to yourself that, “Yes, I can do hard things” like I did when I reached the highest point on our trek to Machu Picchu down Salkantay in March. And again when I signed my first client. And again when I changed my employer to my own company on Facebook and LinkedIn. Small things, but each one a summit in and of themselves. And each time we tackled them, we reinforce that belief that, yes, we can do hard things.
I don’t know why I didn’t realize it until just now. That this notion of climbing mountains is so applicable to life. I’ve always felt like fitness and overcoming challenges in the gym is a metaphor for overcoming them in life. Well, here’s my newest metaphor.