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Today’s blog is written by my guest speaker, Melissa Lineaweaver. Melissa is on the panel for the Proven Success Skills for Business Women Forum, being held at the Comfort Suites in Manheim on June 13, 2019 from 9 am to 12 noon.
In 2014, I realized I needed to change what I did so that I could do more of what I loved. The problem was that I didn’t know what I really loved doing. A good friend and mentor of mine, Dave Romeo, suggested that I make a list of the things I loved about my current career and the things I wanted from a new career. Using that list, I could filter out fields and careers that did not meet the fulfillment criteria in my search for a job that filled me with purpose. After a lot of online research for careers that met the needs on my list, I found my path leading me to a career in the healthcare field, a field that would require me to go to college.It also meant that I would step away from a decade long career in IT, where I worked from home and rarely interacted with people face to face. It was a tremendous and welcome change.
My path to becoming a licensed massage therapist was not a direct route by any means. I had to create a plan to reduce my workload in a company where I was a partner and prepare the other partner, who also happens to be my husband, to handle tasks that were once my responsibility. As a family, we had to be sure that we could afford the loss of my wages while I completed school and paid my school expenses. Then, as many college students do, I changed my major from one specialization to another and added a year to my graduation date. It was the best stumble I could have made. After the first time I was hands on with a client, I knew I had found something that I loved doing!
As I realize now, there couldn’t be much more of change than going from communicating with clients via email or phone to literally working hands-on with them. By taking the chance to reinvent my career, I found a way to do more of what I love. Every day I feel blessed to have found a career that is personally fulfilling and where I can help people achieve better wellness.
To hear more of Melissa’s story and the stories of the other members of the panel, please register for the Proven Success Skill Business Women: Remarkable Reinventions Forum.