FACE YOUR FEARS
Updated: Aug 1, 2020
I had the privilege of being interviewed for an article in First for Women magazine and I'll be honest I've never heard of the magazine, but I'm sure it's been around for a long time. The writer was interested in how and why I changed careers at an age when most people are thinking about retiring to a 55 and over golf community and getting their AARP discount. Here is what I said. ____________________________________________________ How to Face Your Fears and Change Careers Later in Life Jun 10, 2019 By Suzanne Hayes One night while watching The Voice with her husband, Barbara Murphy-Shannon had an epiphany. All these people were following their dreams right in front of her, why wasn't she? The message was loud and clear — she needed to make a change.
At 56 years old, Murphy-Shannon had been working in the spa industry for over 25 years but had been unhappy with her job for the past few. "I didn’t feel fulfilled and I wasn’t doing anything of significant importance," she says. "I was bored and didn’t feel like I was making an impact."
Around this time Murphy-Shannon’s sister passed away unexpectedly and it really put things in perspective for her. "You get one life and I wasn’t living [mine] how I wanted," she says. "I knew I needed to do something different, something that filled my heart. I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know what 'it' was."
She kept her job but started exploring her options and looking into going back to school. Eventually, a friend referred her to a life coach who offered her some career guidance, and fortuitously introduced her to what would be her next career. The universe, she believed, provided her with the answer she had been seeking. “I was sold on life coaching, I knew I wanted to be one," she says.
She has since opened her own life-coaching business and will be getting her master's degree in psychology this fall (she has since graduated in October 2019). Juggling full-time work with online classes is a struggle and making a major career change in her mid-fifties has been frightening, but she has tried to remain open-minded and patient with her journey. “It’s funny sometimes I’ll dismiss what I do and then surprise, I’ll bump into a woman who reads my blog and she’ll thank me," says Murphy-Shannon. "[She'll say] it’s inspiring and helps her get through the week. That’s when I know I’m on the right path.” Murphy-Shannon has now gained experience helping women through mid-life (or later) career changes. She has worked with women in the middle of their careers, empty nesters who have lost their identity now that the kids are gone, and retirees who want to make a difference in the world now that they have the time but are not sure how. “Most of the women I work with are me three years ago, so I totally understand their pain and wanting more," she says. "We all come to crossroads at some point in life. It’s what we do next that matters. No one wants to look back on their life and have regrets.” To read the complete article, click here. ________________________________________________
Barbara Murphy-Shannon, Psy.M, Certified Money Breakthrough Business Coach and Graduate Certificate in Life Coaching
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