I am taking part on the Scintilla Project, a fortnight of story sharing. During these two weeks I will be writing personal stories inspired by the daily prompts given by the project. For the inconvenience of other participants I will be writing in English. Find out more about the Scintilla Project at http://www.scintillaproject.com.
This is a story inspired by Day 2 prompt: Tell the story about something interesting (anything!) that happened to you, but tell it in the form of an instruction manual (Step 1, Step 2, Step 3….)
Step 1: Have a baby.
Step 2: While on maternity leave do some thorough thinking of your career so far and start to question your choices. Pay attention to the urge to do something meaningful and something that makes you and other people happy.
Step 3: Go for a long walk with a friend who is also on maternity leave. Begin the walk by stating clearly that you are NOT having a 30 crisis. End the walk by realizing that you actually ARE having a 30 crisis.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 several times every time approaching the situation with slightly different point of view but always ending with the realization that something has to change.
Step 5: Go through all the typical options like “I will set up a book café”, “No, I will set up a craft tea room and sell yarns and tea” and “Maybe I just go to live in an island and raise sheep”.
Step 6: Repeat step 3 a few more times.
Step 7: Get a Facebook friend request from your old boss from the job you had 10 years ago. Check out the link that he has send you regarding his wife’s life coach training program. Notice the warm tickling sensation when pieces start to fall into right places.
Step 8: Begin the unforgettable year of coach training.
Step 9: Go back to your old job to find out that it’s not the same place anymore – or is it you who have changed?
Step 10: Define your strengths and realize that you are at your best when coaching others and that coaching gives you a sense of meaning.
Step 11: For a year try to convince yourself that staying at your old job is just common sense and it would be a drastic mistake to quit and start your own business.
Step 12: During summer holiday wake up one morning with a brilliant idea of company name and surprising certainty of what you need to do.
Step 13: Quit your job.
Step 14: This step includes several boring and frustrating bureaucratic manoeuvres to set up a business that you can find in some other manuals.
Step 15: Let slowly sink in the realization that you are an entrepreneur doing the most inspiring and fulfilling work you can imagine.
Step 16: Some days be overwhelmed with joy and some other days worried sick. But NEVER lose faith in yourself and what you are doing.