A few months ago here in the Dominican Republic, one of my good American friends asked me to meet her for a working lunch. We weren't there to chat about the normal stuff: shopping, culture, politics, travel, relationships :) etc.. she wanted me to help her make a life decision.
She was making okay money and was happy. The problem was that she was just offered a seat in a Masters program at an Ivy league school - what should she do? School didn't feel like the right direction but she was getting pressure to go and people were saying that she would be crazy to turn down such an opportunity! Things were ok in her Dominican life but admittedly not perfect, change was looming.
We talked for about two hours. I asked her to describe to me specific details using her senses about her picture of the ideal work environment and to transport us there together. What is she wearing? What kind of people is she working with? What does the office look like? What does it sound like? What kind of things would she like to do on the weekend? (indicating a city or a town?) Even, what kind of technology she would she be using?
A plan was developing! We sat there in that booth buzzing with energy!! It was awesome!!
A couple of months went by without any big changes and just a few weeks ago she left the DR after accepting a new job. We connected this morning by email and this is what she said...
"Sometimes I leave the office building, which is in midtown Manhattan, and I just look up at all the skyscrapers and look around at all the super fasionable businesspeople and I have to pinch myself because I can't believe that this is actually happening.
I was thinking just the other day as I was walking down the street... this is exactly the vision that I described to Kelly just a few months ago when we were sitting at the restaurant! That's it. I'm here!"
Congratulations and thank you Mandy for letting me share your story!
Follow Your Heart!