Taking a career break in my 40s was the wisest decision I’ve made. Ten months into my break I sat down to record an Instagram Live with my Career Break Coach Katrina McGhee. I shared the biggest lessons I learned from my career break and how I accepted a new work opportunity that landed on my lap within 24h of me finally feeling ready to return to work. Here are the interview highlights and their respective timestamps:
- How I made the decision to take a break even though my partner wasn’t on board (03:10)
- Before and into the break: how my metrics of success and my relationship with work and money evolved; the powerful word that I now use to guide my decisions – starts with an “A” (9:10)
- How my relationship to work and money has shifted from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance…and how I manifested a new work opportunity (12:10)
- The time I tried to early exit my break, why it was a bad idea and how I found my way out of self-sabotage (15:34)
- Making room for creativity: the backstage of launching this blog and how it’s intimately connected to my career break themes (25:30)
- Reflections on my newfound self-expression and how I now embrace wearing a metaphorical sparkly dress (well, sometimes the real thing, too!) (28:57)
- Why people should check out my blog and why I feel that my message is important for mid-life women (31:03)
- Lessons learned from my career break, including how I reconnected with my feminine energy (34:10)
- If my career break coach were to give me a refund for her services in exchange for erasing all of the work we did together, would I take my back money? (41:57)
Why hiring a career break coach is an excellent investment
For transparency, I’m not getting any affiliate perks here. My recommendation is solely based on the positive impacts I’ve experienced. Hiring a career break coach was one of the wisest investments I’ve made. Of course I could have taken time off from work without having to hire a coach. However, I firmly believe that the experience would have been quite different.
Here are the top four reasons why I recommend my career break coach:
- Structure: I started my break with a very clear framework of how to measure success.
- Accountability: if not for my coach, I would have early exited my break at least six months prior to my plans, triggered by old fears. My coach kept me accountable to ensure I was living my dream and not engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors.
- Emotional support: the emotional support I received from her was life-changing. I’m talking big time techniques and cheerleading to help me shed and control fears, declutter my mind from confusion and regain confidence when I felt disempowered, angry or sad.
- Lessons for life: I’ve gained a toolbox of how to live an empowered life. It’s the gift of me to myself that keeps on giving!
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