I grew up on a family farm in rural America where I spent most days daydreaming of flying to far off lands to help people in need.
One week after I graduated from college I joined the Peace Corps. I then spent the next 17 years working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in humanitarian response to conflicts and natural disasters in countries all over the world.
I followed this path because I wanted to help others. But I often felt far removed from the people I was there to help or more part of the problem than the solution.
As the years passed, the desire to help people in need turned into a longing for the adventure and adrenaline rush of life overseas.
I couldn’t understand why I felt so off. I was living the exact career I had dreamed about as a child.
To ease my restlessness, I started waking up early each morning before work to create for an hour or two on the side. I wrote two books and tried to launch a line of business suits. I then took 6 months to wander through Europe, but I still felt lost.
One day I woke up fed up with 2 things: writing stuff that no one read and the violence happening in the world. So I launched a peace blog called, Shanti Pax (which means “peace” in Sanskrit and Latin), hoping the blog would start a peace revolution, and it did…in my life. It led me to coaching.
I now reside in Brussels, Belgium with my husband and love of my life.
After living in 9 countries on 4 continents working as both a humanitarian aid worker and a life coach, I have learned a thing or two about creating the space in my life to pursue my passions.
If you’re underwhelmed by your day job, then I’d love to help you discover your true talents and how you want to offer those talents to the world in a way that fits your current life circumstances.