Since I could hold a pencil, I have always known that I was a writer. I filled up my Mead notebooks with stories about adventure, magic and self-discovery (including sketches but I am no visual artist). My little girl self knew about creativity and the power of story and she naturally expressed herself. When I got into UT, I was able to get a scholarship in Creative Writing, based on short fiction that I submitted.
Fast forward over 20 years later: I am still writing (novel in progress) but the power of story has an even deeper meaning to me now. For about twenty session hours per week, I have the privilege of listening to the stories of clients who come to me for life and career coaching.
- You realize that the life you have been living no longer fits (you might even feel depressed and hopeless).
- You feel a strong pull or call to adventure or change. You must leave all that is known and familiar. Note: This is terrifying.
- You might feel you are getting “signs” or even supernatural aid.
- There are people or obstacles in your way that must be faced.
- You go through challenges and temptations.
- You meet helpers and mentors. Sometimes friends appear to be enemies and enemies turn out to be friends.
- You go through a dark night of the soul. You question everything.
- You face your deepest fears, realize your shadow side and come out stronger and more clear about who you are.
- You return home (or back to a life that is more familiar) transformed.
The hero’s journey is difficult and it is worth the risk. If you are feeling a strong pull to make important changes in your life, let’s take a look and see if you are being called on your own hero’s journey. I promise you won’t regret responding to the Call.