After 25 years of climbing the corporate ladder, I was exhausted, my relationships were poor, my health was beginning to fail and I no longer looked forward to each day. In hindsight I can see that I had stopped living and was only working. My life had become rote and my passion for my career had died. I no longer knew what brought me joy and there was no fun in my life.
I was living a soul-sucking life. My job was sucking the soul right out of me. The money was good but I had lost myself. It was time to honor me, identify what was important and make some major changes that would create a life I wanted to jump out of bed and live every day!
I wanted more joy, fun, creativity and more time outside the office. I worked 60-80 hours a week and traveled 50% of the time. I worked, worked, and worked more each week only to dash around on the weekends running errands so I could do it all over again the next week.
I re-scheduled vacations, gave up my personal life and sold my soul to the Corporation. I had no life outside of work and I had forgotten how to have fun. I spent more time with my co-workers than my family. My career was my identity. I was tired, angry and resentful. I wanted off the treadmill and out of the rat race, but I did not know how.
My wake-up call was being downsized during the capsizing of a company. Thank goodness I woke-up. We sold our home, most of our worldly goods, bought an RV and traveled for a year. I have never looked back or wondered where my voice or true self is.