These days, I’m so grateful I get to spend most of my time doing the things I love: writing, pursuing passion projects, teaching, mentoring.
I found the work that truly makes me happy.
Oh, but that wasn’t always the case. There were many twists and turns—some intentional, some not so much—throughout the 20+ years I spent building (what I thought was) my dream career in corporate America.
Ever felt restless?
Ever said to yourself “I don’t want to do this anymore”?
For many years, I fought the gnawing feeling that there was something else I wanted to do with my life. And even when I finally listened to that inner call, I still didn’t know what to do or how to get started.
I took a while, but I know this now: As we evolve, so does our perspective on what our careers mean to us. How we defined meaningful work in our twenties would likely have changed as we got older.
So we have a choice. We can spend the rest of our lives tied to our previous idea of ourselves. Or we can be brave, break free, and follow our calling… whatever that may be.
You are always becoming.
While pivoting and reinventing my work, I learned (still learning actually!) loads along the way. I share my journey and discoveries on this site. And through the Second Breaks Podcast, I get to profile people who have blazed their own paths and pursued their own meaningful careers.
12 Random Things About Lou (by Lou*)
- I am a huge NY Giants fan. Huge.
- I love anything written by Ian McEwan. I wish I could write like him.
- Florence is my favorite city in the world—well, outside of NYC that is, because…
- I was born in the Philippines, but NY is where I became the person I am now. It’s what I call home.
- When I was a kid, I used to say that my first salary would go towards getting a new nose. Little did I know that my first salary wouldn’t be able to afford a nose job. Doesn’t matter now because…
- I never did fix my nose. I figured it’s what God gave me so I best just stick with it.
- I’ve moved over 25 times (I stopped counting at 25). My sister stopped tracking my addresses.
- My dream is to publish at least 15 books before I kick the bucket. I’ve written a couple; I have to hurry up.
- My first 3 bosses were women. All strong-willed, memorable, unapologetic women.
- I’ve had a loooonng corporate career. Over twenty years! Fifteen of which were spent as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where I got to work with some of the largest companies in the world as my clients.
- My career story changed plots 4 times: From accounting to IT; from auditing to management consulting; from consulting to operations; from corporate hound to self-employment.
- I’m forever looking for the perfect key lime pie.
* For an introvert like me, this kind of list is a labor of love to share. If you want to send me YOUR 10 things about you, give it to me here. I would love to read it!