Happy Birthday Harvest!
Today is a significant day for me. It’s my first anniversary of being self-employed. It’s been such an incredible year of personal growth and learning and I am so very grateful for the opportunity and the ride. This adventure has shown me that following my heart and taking a leap of faith was very much the right call for me. One year ago today I planted the seed of Harvest Coaching and Learning and I tended to it with care. I’m happy (and relieved) to say that my seed took and it sprouted and it’s now seen a full turning of the seasons.
When I reflect on my life, wonderful things have started for me when I’ve made a gutsy move, be it packing up and heading to Europe on a one-way ticket without a clear plan, changing career paths a couple of times, having children, going back to university to study coaching, or starting Harvest Coaching and Learning, amongst others.
Generally, when I’ve stopped to question the rules surrounding my life (be they self-imposed or external rules) and really reflected on whether or not they still serve me, I’ve made decisions that have opened up a new and positive chapter of my life. Most decisions made on this basis have been surrounded by very mixed emotions: excitement, fear, liberation, elation, relief, grief at letting go of the old, anxiety, a sense of purpose, drive and meaning, self-doubt, joy and definitely gratitude. This isn’t to say I’ve left everything behind at each stage. On the contrary, like in a book, I’ve built on the learning and experiences from previous chapters and brought what’s relevant into the new chapter.
The best parts?
For me it’s the challenge, the stretch, the personal growth and learning, the ability to give back and support the journey of others (in the case of starting Harvest Coaching and Learning), the wonderful people I’ve met along the way and connections I’ve made, the exciting detours and opportunities, and the sheer adventure of putting myself out on a limb. Oh, and of course celebrating my successes.
The challenging parts?
Questioning if it will all work or if I’ll fail (even though I really sincerely believe that there is no failure, just learning), being impatient for it to all happen yesterday, and remembering to enjoy the journey rather than being too focused on the end result.
So what does the next year hold? Well, I’ll have to wait and see. I’m certainly looking forward to working with more wonderful clients, both in a coaching capacity and in workshops, and I’m looking forward to continuing the growth of Harvest Coaching and Learning.
What journey have your started or are you about to start? Are you about to head into a life transition, or is your transition already in progress?
If you would like some support along the way, I would love to help. Give me a call on 0413 776 564. We can have a chat about where you would like to go, or clarify what this looks like if you’re not too sure. We can then look at how you can get started along that path.
I wish you a wonderful ride!
Laurenne Di Salvo
Leadership & Professional Development Coach | Corporate Trainer | Learning & Development Consultant
0413 776 564