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We believe that everyone’s story has the potential to build others up and encourage growth. Every step we make in life is a learning opportunity, and by sharing our experiences, we open the door to share our knowledge with others.
Join us as Dom shares her story of burnout, blessing, and rebirth. She explains how her vision of the future changed to better navigate her personal and business lives during the challenges presented by a global pandemic and economic shutdown.
Coaching Helps You Navigate Difficult Times
Everyone has plans for the future — some examples include reaching a higher level in business, finding personal peace, or creating a stronger bond with family. And even though we can set ourselves on a path for success, sometimes the world has detours. This change in plans is precisely what happened for Dom in March of 2020.
The global pandemic grew to its highest numbers at the time, and businesses either closed their doors or found new strategies to adapt to a new way of living. These changes provoked a sense of helplessness that manifested as depression in Dom’s life:
During this low period, Dom realized that she needed to change to become the most authentic version of herself. While scrolling through social media, she noticed that one person she followed, Keven Stirdivant, was handling universal shutdown better than many around him. He kept a consistent optimism despite the state of chaos in the world, and Dom noticed one common denominator to much of his optimism — his coach, Angie Wisdom.
Dom admits that she was “coming in hot” with the information she wanted to cover in their first few sessions. She was at a point where she was incredibly cerebral in how she was approaching her life and her business, and at the time, her ultimate goal was to push as hard as possible to be successful.
Instead of facing the things in her personal life that would open the door to healing, Dom kept her focus on her business. In some of her early sessions, she recalls telling Angie that she knew her personal life was a mess, but she wanted to get to that later. Her business and professional life were the immediate priority.
Ultimately, Dom wanted happiness in her marriage, friendships, motherhood, and family relationships, but at the time, it seemed impossible. She felt like she had accomplished so many things in life that should have brought her fullness but was still left empty. What she didn’t realize, though, was that the real work was just beginning in Dom’s life.
Writing and Reflection Leads to Healing
From 2020 to 2021, Dom found herself with more time on her hands than usual, and even though she was still in panic mode, she thought applying for an alt MBA would be a positive distraction. More than anything, Dom hoped that this program would give her something to sink her teeth into and turn down the noise around her. Coincidentally, her MBA program began in the same month as her work with Angie.
During this intense workshop combining deep EQ work with business fundamentals and activities, Dom rediscovered her passion for writing. There were intensive writing projects throughout the program that encouraged her to write, reflect, and collaborate with others about their progress.
The inspiration Dom gained from her MBA program fueled her passion for writing, and as a result, she began writing regularly. Dom’s regular writing habits blossomed into daily journaling that helped Dom gain a healthier perspective on her life. Each morning, she would record her thoughts, intentions, and why she was grateful for the day, which has become an essential facet of her healing journey.
Allow Your Priorities to Change
The road to healing is always full of unexpected turns. Most of the time, we are unaware of what prevents us from being the person we want to be deep down. In Dom’s case, she desired a whole and fulfilling life in every aspect of her life — not just her profession. Even though she wanted a fuller life, she felt like her position in her career and her family kept her from being open and vulnerable.
As Dom began working with her coach, she understood her place in life. She knew that she was the breadwinner for her family, which meant her purpose was to be a steady pillar of strength. This mindset pushed Dom to harden her heart and constantly strive for financial success:
Dom’s stubborn mindset kept her from becoming transparent with herself and her coach, and it became apparent to her during a “values analysis” in one of her first sessions. In June 2020, her primary values reflected her determination to work hard and succeed financially — financial freedom, abundance, and mental stimulation.
This drive to work hard and engage in challenging situations resulted in financial and professional success but left Dom wanting more from life. She would often work over the weekend instead of spending time with her partner and her child, and for a long time, she didn’t see the imbalence in this lifestyle Ultimately, her extreme drive to work created a significant imbalance between her professional and personal selves.
The continued imbalance in Dom’s life led her in an unhealthy direction that increased her stress levels and anxiety and kept her from prioritizing self-care. Her continued sessions with Angie compelled her to change her direction toward personal wellness. It began with small steps like daily walks with her dogs and evolved into working with a personal trainer multiple times a week. This commitment to improved well-being showed Dom that overcoming her ego and keeping work from always taking control was possible.
Her shift toward personal improvement opened the door for Dom to fully embody what it means to be present in the moment. Instead of falling into the perpetual cycle of working excessively, she learned to find new ways to build deeper connections with her inner-being and those who mattered most to her.
Even though widespread panic and devastation were significant side effects of COVID, the pandemic also produced beautiful moments and forged stronger bonds between loved ones. In Dom’s case, it sparked a paradigm shift in her values.
Now, instead of living her life with a hardened heart solely focused on economic success, Dom anchors herself in the present moment. Her new mindset allows Dom to make great strides in her family connections and has transformed her attitude toward work.
Don’t Be Afraid to Start Your Journey to Healing
Healing is a universal part of everyone’s journey. You may not be in the same situation as Dom, but there are always aspects of our lives that can change for the better. Inner-work isn’t always easy, but the rewards are more than worth the effort.
Thank you for joining Dom on her journey to healing! We hope that her experience has influenced you to take steps toward personal betterment and self-recovery. If you would like to learn more about her journey toward healing, watch her presentations From Nowhere to Now Here and Blossoming After Burnout.