As a young Puerto Rican girl growing up in the 70’s my personality was developing into being empathetic and a bit of a free spirit. These traits were not considered to be the most popular or sensible – but that was me. Highly sensitive and wanting to help others, I was really curious about people and how other people lived in faraway countries. That was what I wanted to see. The advice I received was that I should, first of all, find a husband and have children. I should study to find a practical job (until I married) so I could always put food on the table in the meantime – or in case things didn’t work out.
Choosing a degree
I loved learning at school and college and received good grades. But when the time came to choose a major at university I struggled. Psychology, Philosophy or Literature were my top choices, but I let myself be convinced that I would never be able to make a living with these choices. So I made the decision – on my own – to study International Relations. Whilst I enjoyed it very much, it really was a second best choice for me.
I worked in a variety of roles – teacher, corporate researcher, consultant and recruiter. I moved to the US and the UK – I learned a lot and met great people. But for the most part, I simply felt unfulfilled. I didn’t really know I could do something about this feeling as I thought it was normal to feel this way. I was always told work is work, you do it to earn a living and that’s how life is. Then I discovered books about finding your purpose and changing your life.
Making my change
I read everything I could! I started talking with other people and realised there were so many others who were feeling the same way as me. Although the books were motivational I needed help with my individual needs.
Out of the blue a friend introduced me to Reiki. I did the course as part of my lifelong interest in personal development (my library could challenge Louise Hay’s!) and it changed my life. As I got accustomed to feelings of wellbeing through Reiki, I found myself re-connecting to my true self and this started opening up to new possibilities in all aspects of my life.
This led to training and working as a Reiki Master, quitting my job as an in-house recruiter! It was the coach during my coaching training that was instrumental in helping me decide to quit my job and focus on myself and my own practice. I then trained as a coach myself, moving into wellbeing coaching. Finally I’m fulfilled – supporting clients to open up to new possibilities!
Working with a purpose
I now get to work with people who want to change, create a personal work plan, start a bold new venture or an awesome adventure. I am committed to helping clients find their way to living life authentically and working in their zone of genius. Just as I did.
Living my life
My inner passion for other cultures also guided me to a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and further work in this field will be one of my future life projects. My dream travel destinations are Iceland, Japan and Central Asia (though I find an excuse to visit Paris every year)! I am blessed in my personal life with a supportive husband, a beautiful son and the friendliest Miniature Schnauzer ever. I spend time in nature every day (though admittedly less in Winter) and love, love, love dancing, yoga and good healthy food.
I truly believe we have the power to change the world for the better within ourselves – we just need dedicated support to change.