My 5 year journey to my WHY!

It has taken several years to finally get my WHY. It is not what I originally thought it was. It was a journey down a curvy path before it all started becoming crystal clear.

I did not start my journey with Simon Sinek’s book titled, “Start with Why”. I read it along the way but it wasn’t until late 2019 that everything started to crystalize in my vision.

This journey actually started to bloom in 2014 when I became a Health & Fitness Coach. Little did I know that single decision would take me on a journey of many things- confidence, confusion, clarity, commitment and community. I was excited about the opportunity to help people achieve their health and fitness goals and ultimately live a more fulfilling life.

It wasn’t until the fall of 2019 that the universe revealed it’s plan to me. Albeit I didn’t know it at the time. It was one hint here one hint there and then ding ding ding ding I saw it as clear as the carribbean ocean.

Like I said, first it was the health & fitness coaching. I really enjoyed encouraging and motivating people to join a fitness program and develop meal plans. Then over time, my natural knack to motivate and encourage spread into my career area. It started with a small group of colleagues – we called our group W.E.L.L -> women excelling in leadership and life. We met regularly to discuss our ambitions, goals and challenges.

When the opportunity presented itself, I embraced the opportunity to lead a community of business professionals we now call the “Cohort of Colleagues”. This community was formed to give a voice to a segment of our workforce that was in the shadows. Through this community we network, mentor and address challenges unique to this profession.

Then I started to volunteer as a Mentor and quickly realized I had a passion for it. And, one mentee asked if I had ever considered becoming a life/career coach.

AND THEN THE UNIVERSE SPOKE…..two days before Thanksgiving holiday the announcement was published for 5 available slots to enroll in a Leadership Coaching program. Everything in me knew this was it! This was my next step. I quickly jumped through every hoop to meet all of the application requirements by the deadline (7 days later and over the Thanksgiving break). I decided I had a really good chance of getting selected. Take into account the timing of the announcement and everything that had to be accomplished in the short timeframe- who but me jumps for opportunities like this. I thought, not many but as it turns out, there were 77 applicants. A birdie told me I made the first cut to the top 15 and the final 5 would be notified the next day. Fortunately I was in a all day meeting and was distracted, until I checked my email and there it was, “Dear Ms. Foster, you were NOT selected for the Leadership Coaching program”. Definitely a let down but not a shut down, this just meant, “not right now”.

At the same time, I had also been selected for a 4 week resident Leadership Development course. This is the path I am to follow. This is the path that will lead me to fulfill my purpose.

About Co-Hosts Kelly & Sarah

Hi friends, Sarah and I are thrilled to bring "The Mentoring Lab Podcast" where we serve as your Work BFF Mentors. For six years we have been called to do something bigger. We felt the nudge and the poke and now we are jumping all in to bring you The Mentoring Lab Podcast. The Work BFF you wish you had. Not everyone has a work confidant, a trusted advisor or listener, non-judgmental mentor, tell you the truth - real raw truth - talk to bounce ideas off - straighten your crown not steal it person. We are here for you. Each week we will discuss a topic relevant to early, mid or senior level careerists.