In August 2014, Gail Jessen was diagnosed with Hashimoto, a condition wherein the immune system attacks the thyroid, causing chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, among others.
What happened after that diagnosis is what makes Gail’s story fascinating, and why I have major second break envy.
Gail used that moment as the trigger point for a major self-reinvention, that led to her quitting her 15-year career in Higher Education and embarking on an open-ended journey, quite literally, towards the unknown.
In our recorded conversation, she discusses how this diagnosis showed her the path to aligning what she does for a living with her core desired feelings.
You can listen below or download to listen for later.
Highlights of our conversation:
- What core desired feelings are
- How you can use those core desired feelings to set up your goals
- How our bodies give us signals that our work may be misaligned with our desired feelings
- How Gail manages to quit her job and travel – without being independently wealthy (!)
- What she considers an “adventure” and how we could all be adventurous in our own ways
When I heard the diagnosis, I thought that fear, in the sense of holding me back, has no place in my life anymore. I don’t have time for it anymore.—Gail Jessen
To learn more about Gail Jessen and follow her fantastic journey, visit her site A Series of Adventures.
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