FIRST HAND WOMAN is not just a stage play. It’s also a state of mind.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Gina Gomez. She is going to dive right in and share her real-life journey of going from being a second hand woman to becoming a first hand woman and claiming her purpose.
I hope you enjoy this inspiring read, especially if you’re a dreamer and/or an entrepreneur! Make sure you get all the way to the bottom to get your very own call to action.
And as always…
Finding Your Purpose
I used to have a big career in corporate-America.
That’s what I used to tell people after I left my job to pursue my purpose. I was crystal clear on who I used to be. After all, I had done it for 20 years (let’s pretend I started when I was five).
I worked in a female-dominated industry, but ironically, most of the top executive jobs went to the men in the company. I started out as a clerk-typist making $7.77 per hour. I never did anything for the money.
It was always about doing something I loved – until I started making a lot of money. I worked hard and got promoted over and over until I realized I was getting further and further away from my purpose and no longer felt good about what I was doing.
It wasn’t anyone’s fault.
I just knew I was meant to do something else with my life and didn’t know how to get out… until I got a call from a competitor.
I thought, “Absolutely not!” But, I believe when someone presents you with an opportunity, you have to at least check it out. Gathering information and being open to options is what shifts us into receiving miracles and in my case, it was an executive position and a chance to be one of two women sitting in a board room full of men. Ok, ok. It also meant a big fat salary. I learned a lot – a lot about the industry, a lot about people and a lot about myself.
Eventually, the newness and excitement wore off and again. (Are you surprised?)
I felt disconnected from my real purpose. Something had to change and this time I got specific.
I wanted a career that would:
- allow me to use my experience and skills
- work from home
- make a positive difference in people’s lives
- and no matter what my financial situation, I had to love what I did so much that I’d be willing to do it for free.
I meditated, visualized, prayed, and literally flew to the other side of the world looking for any sign that would lead me to my ideal career. I had been working with a coach for two years who even suggested that maybe I’d want to consider becoming one too.
To me, coaching was more of a hobby. I had done it informally for years, but never considered making a career out of it.
Eventually, I left my big job and five years later, I was still searching.
Feeling discouraged and broken, I had one of those breakdown moments where I just sat on the floor in my bedroom and cried. You know the kind…
- The crying that feels like you’re releasing every bit of sadness since the day you were born.
- The crying that feels like it will never stop no matter how hard you try.
- The crying that wears you out until you have no choice but to surrender, but hope you’ll pass out instead.
I asked for a sign and before I knew it, I was off to New York City to attend a class on overcoming fear. At the same time, I got a call from another competitor in my old industry. This time, the job was in Hawaii.
After a great deal of thought, I remembered a quote from Lao Tsu:
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
I continued to meditate and ask, “If this is where I’m supposed to go, then make it happen. If not, please take it away.” The next day, the job opportunity went away and once again, someone asked “Have you ever considered becoming a coach?”
I was finally ready to let go of what I was. And when I did, I stopped hitting roadblocks and moved right into the fast lane. Doors started to open and all the right people started showing up at just the right time.
Letting go can be scary and sometimes feel like loss, but it can also be the greatest opportunity to live out your wildest dreams.
Think about your own dreams. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish? If you let go of what you are, what might you become?
Gina Gomez is a certified life/business coach and founder of What Moves You Life Coaching™. To learn more about Gina or download her free workbook to help you discover your own purpose, check out ginagomez.com.
Thank you so much Gina!!
Okay, now, here is where you come in. I want you to take action now. Let’s put Gina’s advice into action right now:
1. Kickstart your life and download her free workbook (see above link).
2. Time to get honest and claim that ONE thing that you always wanted to accomplish and write it in the comments below.
And guess what? I’m going to start us off in the comments section with my big dream. Can you guess what it is? Hint: it’s actually happening.
I can’t wait to see what you have to say!