I wasn’t always a glass half full kind of girl. In fact I’ve spent a good part of my life feeling a little lost and uninspired. Never one to take risks, I followed in my father’s and sisters’ footsteps and became an attorney. After years of being unhappy in a corporate lifestyle, I decided to parlay my love for Pilates into a career. I became a certified Pilates instructor but still felt unfulfilled professionally.
Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet an incredible group of inspirational women who were literally charging through life. These women are moms. They are all 40 or under, and they are all at the very top of their respective industries. They have supported me, mentored me and have taught me to live big.
Here is some advice they gave me along the way:
1. Do what you love!
Find what makes you happy. If you do what you love, it makes all the difference in the world.
2. You are your own greatest empowering force
Susan W. Brown, interior designer and Principal of Spaces Design in State College, PA, has been creating residential and commercial spaces throughout the United States. She spends a lot of time on site in a male-dominated construction world. “It’s hard work, not glamorous work, and it takes guts…Dig deep and do not let others cause you to stumble and fall. If you do, get up and charge on. There will always be people who are not supportive or who doubt. Let them. Then prove them wrong.”
3. Think BIG…your playing small does not serve the world
Whether you offer health coaching, design services or a product of your own, people need and want what you have to offer. If you do not put yourself out there and make yourself and your services known, you are doing a tremendous disservice to those who need you.
4. Get Support
Alicia McMachan, financial planner for a top Fortune 500, advises never to do it alone. “Get your fans in the stands. Hire a coach. Call the person you look up to and ask them to mentor you. Think big. Lean in and charge!”
5. Embrace Failure as a Learning Opportunity
Yardley Cavanaugh, a top recruiter for Ernst & Young, says it’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all. “If you aren’t falling down now and then, you aren’t living outside your comfort zone which is where the magic really happens.”
With the love and support of my dear friends, I have learned that puncture wounds and torpedo marks are a sign of progress. I am now the owner of two small businesses, Highway 2 Well, a holistic health coaching practice and Align Wellness Studio, a Pilates and wellness center. At 41, I have never been happier or more fulfilled. I wish the same for all of you.
How will you stay motivated to charge up your career ?
Tara is embracing and loving life at 40. A former attorney, she realized that stress and emotional eating were taking a toll on her life. She enrolled with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is now a health coach and owner of Highway 2 Well, a holistic health and wellness practice dedicated to helping busy mothers and professional women lose weight, have more energy and restore balance to their lives. In November 2013, Tara partnered with two other women and opened the Align Wellness Studio in Millburn, NJ, where Pilates, yoga, nutritional counseling, massage and acupuncture are offered. Her passion is helping women live the life they are destined to live. Please contact Tara at [email protected], or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, www.highway2well.net or http://www.align-wellness-studio.com.