• carey@kinneloa

Time to get going

I don't know about you, but by the end of the holidays I'm usually more than ready to resume my normal schedule. Which is weird, in a way, because what's better than a little time to forget what day it is and veg out with a good book? I got lots of good family time this holiday season, and it was great. My family are all pretty civil with each other, so our get-togethers are less stressful for me than for lots of people. Still, after a certain point I am kind of glad to see my parents go. I was relieved to see the Christmas tree come down and to put away the Christmas tablecloth and napkins.

Part of this is that I'm the only Jew in my family, so I get tired of all the Christmas-related festivity. But I think there's something deeper going on, and it has to do with the rather obvious point that although rests are wonderful, most of us feel the need to achieve things and fill our time with activities. In my case, I know that resting doesn't develop my coaching business or help me earn my master's degree.

This rhythm is also in our lives writ large. A lot of people think that they are going to work their entire adult lives, usually at more than one job but often in the same industry. And then, for some of us, comes the (often unexpected) pause - when we slow down or stop working altogether for a few years, to parent or take care of parents, or just because we've had enough. But at some point after a few years we decide it's time to get back into things, and this can be tough. Skills have atrophied, often along with self-confidence, connections have been lost, and you feel like the world has moved on without you. This can be especially true for a trailing spouse, whose professional life is forced to take the shape dictated by frequent moves and work-permit issues.

Using a coach can be a great way to work through these issues and help you find the next move in your career. It can help you get over that initial hurdle of lost momentum and propel you to a life beyond what you thought possible. Why not give it a try?

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