Dimensions of Me
My Story - My Mid-Life Growth Spurt
In 2017, I found myself asking a very difficult question: "who am I? who am I in this marriage?" A question many can relate to and one that shifted my entire life. I had spent 1/3 of my life with my wife. She had helped me transform and evolve into the person I was. I was happy and yet I was not fulfilled. Something was missing. And, I knew in the heart of my being that my future growth (my next chapter of life) demanded I courageously create a new path, on my own.
One year later, I found myself asking that same question except this time it was targeted at what appeared to be my very successful career: "who am I at work? What do I really want to do? How do I want to serve?" I was burning out hard despite maintaining high degrees of health (sleep was good, my pescatarian clean diet, my 5-6 days of exercise per week, my yoga, my daily meditation practice). None of my previous self-management coping mechanisms were working. I was having a big dark night of the soul (Thomas Moore reference). But the question led me to where I needed to go and here I am here typing this story.
I was ready to exit the workforce for a self-imposed sabbatical and working on a plan to go part-time to pursue a career change.
I applied to two clinical psychology programs and while entertaining that possibility, I was drawn to coaching. Coaching found me. A dear friend shared her experience with coaching and suggested I investigate the Maryland University of Integrative Health program. I knew immediately that MUIH was aligned with my core values. I wanted to study Health and Wellness coaching in a university that valued and promoted holistic paths to wellness. MUIH offers programs in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Healthcare Policy and Promotion, and Yoga Therapy, among many other recognized and evidence-informed complementary and alternative health practices.
I applied and I have never been more fulfilled in my life. I don't have to have all the answers. I don't have to be perfect. I do have to trust the whispers that guide me.
And here, in my mid-life growth spurt, Jentill (gentle) Jen and my jentillhuman commitment was born.
My Message to my Self and to You
You are worthy, whole, and deserve great love.
You have the answers within you and you will discover and know the questions that guide your life.
You are and will become the One you have been waiting for.
My Career and Credentials
Certified National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (ID A-3624795)
Master of Arts Maryland University of Integrative Health, Health & Wellness Coaching, Laurel, MD
20+ years of Leading Change in organizations
Certified Reiki Energy Healing practitioner
MBA Loyola University, Baltimore, MD