Aligning Your Work With Your Core Desired Feelings

June 1, 2017

How would you react if you were diagnosed with a chronic disease?

In August 2014, Gail Jessen was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, a condition wherein the immune system attacks the thyroid, causing chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, among others.
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 this episode, Gail discusses how this diagnosis showed her the path to aligning what she does for a living with her core desired feelings.

Highlights of Episode 2

  • What core desired feelings are
  • How we can use those core desired feelings to set our goals
  • How our bodies give us signals that our work may be misaligned with our core desired feelings
  • How Gail manages to quit her job and travel—without being independently wealthy (!)
  • What she defines “adventure” and how we could all be adventurous in our own ways

Acting on things that make me feel the way I want to feel helped blast through the fears. — Gail Jessen

To learn more about Gail Jessen and follow her fantastic journey, visit her site A Series of Adventures.

My Key Takeaway

No matter how much we plan, it’s impossible to see every possibility when we’re at the beginning of our journey. So, it’s important to remain open and to trust that new opportunities and connections will appear along the way.

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Your Turn

I would love to hear your thoughts about the topics we discussed in this episode. What did you take away from Gail’s career story? You can leave your comments below. Or find me on Instagram and let me know!

This episode is brought to you by AndThriving, a network for professionals refusing to get left behind in a changing world and taking control of their career direction. Members get access to webinars, monthly mentoring calls, career pivot resources, and a platform for building professional connections critical in a digital world.

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