It sounded impressive, and people found me fascinating because of it… but on the inside, I wondered if I was meant for that career at all.Fast forward a few years and I went all in: I became bilingual in French, started taking intensive Arabic classes, and enrolled in a top 25 graduate program in the world for counterterrorism studies: King’s College London.
I’ll never forget a lecture I sat in for 3 hours about US foreign policy objectives in the Middle East. Afterwards, some students and I headed out for happy hour, and I couldn’t help but notice their passion to further discuss the topic, after class was over.
It was then that a little voice whispered inside of me, noticing something key:
They were passionate about foreign affairs. And I was just interested.
So what do you do when you’re simply interested in something? Do you turn that into a career? I didn’t know.
Realizing I may not be meant for that path, after putting years into a graduate degree and language classes felt overwhelming.
So I decided to go into denial and convince myself that this was my path.
Many moments popped up along my journey, where that little whisper would pipe in and remind me I was on the wrong path… But I was too scared to listen to it.
So I hid in graduate school and continued to hold onto my shiny plan, so I could feel a sense of footing in the world.
Just a couple of years later, I landed three job offers in Washington, DC, one of which was a management position, running a program for the Pentagon. I couldn’t believe I landed such an incredible opportunity. To be in my early 20s, making nearly 6 figures in a management role blew my mind…
So I eagerly accepted the job, only to hear that same old voice pipe up inside of me: you’re not meant for this path.
This was when I realized something really profound: who you are always wins.
What does this mean?
It means the truth of what you really love—and what you don’t—will always become apparent for you. You can’t hide from the truth... But you do get decide when to actually face it.
And I was ready to stop lying to myself.
It’s really like ripping off a Band-Aid — I could rip it off then and cry my tears, or I could delay it, and cry later.
And that’s why I finally decided to face the music. I took massive action to figure out who I was, so that I could then create a career that felt inspiring and fulfilling.
I hired a coach.
I went to therapy.
And… I started showing friends how to land job offers.
Why? Because despite not wanting to be in counterterrorism, I slayed my job hunt. And friends wondered how I made that happen.
After all, the best job opportunities don’t go to the most qualified candidate—they go to the best job seeker.
I didn’t know it then, but my skillset in job hunting would turn into a private coaching practice and a set of online courses on how to find your purpose and land job offers… I’ve since coached more than 300 women 1:1 and more than 6,000 customers in 31 countries via our online courses.
My work as a career coach has been featured in TEDx, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, SELF Magazine, The Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and so much more.
I’ll never forget how it felt to be so disconnected from my career.
It’s not about not liking where you are—it’s about the hopelessness of not knowing where to go next.
THAT is what inspired me to create my Career Clarity Lab methodology… To help you discover who you are—and how to wrap a career around that unique brilliance, for once and for all.
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