The Freedom of Finding Your Life Work
When I began coaching Karie and her husband, Karie was looking to get a better handle on the organization of her photography business. Her husband was happy in his full-time job, but they eventually desired to work full-time together in the photography business.
As we worked through the financial plan that would make that all possible, Karie began to question her passion for photography. She loved it, but knew the current way she was approaching it wasn't making her heart come alive like it used to. That brought her to the realization that she wanted to move our conversations from being about the business to being more about her heart and where it might be leading her.
It's been an incredible journey over the last year for Karie and her family as she and her husband began to get curious about what they each desired in life. They realized both of their hearts were longing to live on a farm with animals in a small town in Texas, yet they had no idea how that could be possible because they currently lived in Arizona!
Well, one week ago, they closed on their new farm house in Texas and with a little work it will be everything their hearts desired.
During our most recent coaching call, Karie came back to the question of what she wanted to do with her photography business?
I asked her this question: "As a Creative Entrepreneur, if you could do anything, what would it be?"
She giggled and said, "I feel silly saying this, but I would love to paint." We began exploring the possibilities together. All the 'how', 'why', 'when', and 'what if' questions kept threatening to lead the exploration, but we kept going back to the bigger picture of her heart's desires.
She soon realized that she didn't need to have the answers to all of those small questions right now. Allowing herself to walk through this door of painting did not mean she was requiring it to be THE door, but simply a part of her journey to find her life work.
Maybe painting will be her life's work or maybe it will be a door that takes her to the next door.
I asked her to envision life once she got settled in her new home. I asked "what would it look like to give this desire to paint some space and time?" She started thinking about the classes she would take and what time each week she could dedicate to this new exploration. It was a very exciting conversation.
That evening, my heart was racing when Karie texted me. In the midst of her busy day of preparing to sell their home in Arizona, be with her kids on summer vacation, and take care of thousands of other things, she decided to give her hearts urging some space and time that day. She shared this picture of her painting and where the inspiration came from, and tears filled my eyes.