For Labor Day weekend, my husband and I took the camper up to an area just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. Not the wildly busy east side, near Estes Park, but the quieter, more remote west side, near Granby.
Believe me, I’m a fan of the Bear Lake corridor in RMNP, but the more we explore the less popular side of the park, the more I like it. This trip was no different. We found a lovely (and flat!) trail along the Colorado River for our first morning, almost no people, so quiet, a little chilly, and frankly, quite magical.
It may have been the magical environment, it may have been the moment in time, but gosh, it made for a wonderful day together.
I mean, look how happy I am in this picture! You might think it’s because I’m in my happy place – the mountains, middle of nowhere, nature, everything I just mentioned, etc. But that’s not it.
I’m so unabashedly happy in this picture because I was having the best conversation with my husband about my decision to change careers and look for a job.
Yep, you read that right.
After 8+ years of owning my own successful business, it’s time to take my next steps.
It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, but hadn’t fully decided on. And then, in true Kourtney fashion – I did. It’s time. I’m ready, and I’m all in.
Which, if I can back up for a second, sounds a bit simplified, even though it’s really quite the opposite. When I say, “it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” I mean a while. Like, over a year, probably. In that time, I’ve essentially taken myself through my own self-discovery framework, doing tons of self-reflection, having a lot of facilitated conversation with colleagues and my therapist, asking so many questions, and slowly finding my own answers.
I always say it’s a process, and it is.
It’s a process of understanding myself and my needs and wants better, what that means, and what it’ll take to support it all. Ultimately, the process has led me to discover that what I need and want and what it’ll take is a change in what I’m doing professionally.
Listen, I’m 37 years old. I’ll be working for at least 30 more years. I want to explore what those years could bring, and what I can bring to the workplace. I mean, it’s entirely reasonable I could be your next CEO 20 years from now. (Just saying.)
I’m not exactly sure what this path looks like, yet, but I’m excited to find out. Here’s what I am sure of:
I’m great at relating to all kinds of people, developing instant rapport, and converting sales at a high rate (over 85%).
I’m excellent at communicating – written and speaking. I love talking to people, and I’m good at it. Yes, on the actual telephone too.
I’m good at creating and delivering thoughtful and effective curriculums and materials, online and in person.
I’ve basically got a degree and 20 years of experience in customer service and relations. My client retention is near 100%.
Learning is a top value of mine, and I can do it quickly and efficiently with pretty much any subject matter.
What all that can be in terms of a job title? I have ideas, but who knows? Business development? Training facilitator? Client account management? Some new, amazing thing that brings out the best in me and my new employer? Well, we’ll see.
Now, all of this being said, I’m not actually going to close my business. I’ve still got several speaking engagements coming up, I’ll likely take a few self-discovery clients as I’m able, and Self-Discovery School self-paced courses will always be available. And, of course, these weekly blogs will continue forever because I would never leave you hanging like that!
But there’s a limited time that it’ll continue to be my full-time gig. So, as I’m in the midst of this transition, I’m going to take on two one-on-one self-discovery strategy client partnerships, and one virtual personal training client – which I’m really only offering to you. If you’ve been here for a minute and thinking about coaching but kind of mulling around and waiting on it, well, now’s the time to make a decision. Email or schedule a time to chat if you’re interested, because after October 1, I’ll be taking a break.
Anyway, I’m feeling more energized and hopeful and confident than I have in ages, even in the face of much certain ghosting and rejection over the next little bit. But hey, that’s the fun of the challenge and change and growth. And actually, in less than a week, I’ve seen more encouragement and invitation than I have ghosting and rejection, so I take that as a sign I’m on the right path after all.