My strong friendships and circle of friends I formed during college and post-grad were drifting apart and I felt I didn't have a strong footing in my relationships. I didn't feel connected with God but wanted to hear His voice clearer to know which direction I should go with my life. The more I thought about possible changes I could make (career, moving cities) I became overwhelmed and guilty for not being grateful for what I already had. I knew this was not what God intended for me and I wanted to have a stronger hold with how I could serve God better in my unique ways how He created me. I wanted a direct plan and application to move my life forward in a direction that would be pleasing to God but also fulfill my own personal desires.
Having gone through LifePlan, I am more aware of myself and confident that my past was not a mistake. Even parts of me I disregarded and did not pay special attention to formed who I am and what I love to do today. I have a clear vision of my life where it is and where I hope to see myself in the future. This is no longer a daunting possibility or even a ridiculous dream, but because my vision is in line with my talents and heart, I know God placed these dreams deliberately. They are mine to achieve and no one else's.
During our time together, Chanel gave me the space and encouragement to share in a structured but free-flowing way that engaged my head and, more importantly, my heart. Typically I'm not an emotional person but Chanel's genuine interest in my story and experience allowed me to be vulnerable and acknowledge some deep-seated fears and concerns, which in turn helped us together to build a framework for moving forward. Building a LifePlan is a collaborative process and I valued Chanel's earnest enthusiasm for the process and her discernment in connecting the dots of my life to bring some key points to my attention I had not previously considered.
Ultimately, I came away empowered to begin making immediate changes that have affected my emotional and physical well-being for the better, and eventually to resign from my job and take some time to more deeply consider ways in which I could use my gifts and passions both at work and in the other realms of my life. The journey is still very much in progress and I feel hopeful about the future, armed with the self-assurance of knowing who I am, what I believe, and what I am most passionate about.
LifePlan was originally suggested to me by my doctor. I walked into the process not knowing what to expect.
But, it’s an interesting feeling, walking with an understanding of your purpose. I know now at least one of the reasons why I exist. And it’s this beautiful goal fueled by empathy and the joy that comes from helping others.
At first, it’s quite odd unveiling yourself to someone you don’t know. Chanel, you made it easy. I felt your warmth and compassion. It was important in getting me to open up. You listened. You cared. You helped me connect details about my life I otherwise would never had seen.
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