Many tourists travelling through London don’t realise the musicians they see playing throughout the Underground stations are working legally and licensed through the London Underground.According to the Transport for London website there are over 400 buskers and they provide more than 3,000 “music events” every week on the tube network. Because I love music, especially live music, I have a soft spot for these buskers. If I’m not too pressed for time I might stop for just a minute to listen before tipping them. Even if I am rushing the music seems to follow me at least for a couple of minutes to a different part of the station and many times puts a smile on my face. During a recent trip to the V&A museum as I was walking down the subway from South Kensington tube station one of the buskers was playing Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”. He was so good that at first before I had seen him I thought music was just being piped through the walk way and that I was listening to a recording of Pink Floyd.
A session with a client this week brought me back to that moment. She has been working the same job for the past 6 years. The first couple of years it was something that she really enjoyed and she went to work every day feeling inspired. The past two years have not been so easy for her. She described it as numbing. She just goes to work out of habit and finds no enjoyment in it.She feels stuck and without a clue of which direction to take to move forward. Part of the issue is that although she is really good at what she does she no longer feels passionate about the type of work she does. Wisely rather than just switching to a job in her same field she decided to do some soul searching to figure out what the next move in her career should be and that is how she found me. In the beginning she seemed almost skeptical. In her mind she’d done the same type of work for so long that she had a hard time seeing that there were other options. As we discussed the work that a 22 life path values her eyes lit up. It was as if she changed before my eyes. She has long held the dream of creating programs for musicians and artists who feel like outcasts or have addiction issues to heal. She’s pushed this dream and the things she loves such as music and reading aside to spend time building her career. But she doesn’t feel like she’s getting back from her career all that she’s putting into it and says that she goes home feeling too tired and numb to remember the things that were once important to her.
Remembering her dream and having some listen to it in support seemed to wake her up. It was if a well was open and gushing out of her were ideas of new directions she could take in her career. I look forward to working with her and supporting her during this transition.
How does your current situation leave you feeling at the end of the day? Are you inspired and enthusiastic? Or are you numb? Working with a Career Intuitive can help you determine the path to help you shift from work that leaves you numb to work you truly enjoy.
London is such a great city to live in. It is vibrant and cosmopolitan and there is so much to do.One of the things I really enjoy is catching a show in the West End.So I decided it was time to get out and see a show. I decided I wanted to see something light hearted and Legally Blonde seemed to fit the bill. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the show but it had received good reviews. So I decided to check my two favourite places to get a good deal on theatre tickets.An online search revealed that I’d waited too long to be able to get a good deal on Lastminute.com for a Sunday matinee. However thanks to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. I was able to get a ticket in the stalls front and centre for half price. I love getting a good deal.
Adapted from the movie, the West End version of Legally Blond stars Sheridan Smith (known for playing Janet in the BBC sitcom “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps”) as Elle Woods and Duncan James (of boy band Blue) as Warner.It was not a serious show but I can say it was one of the most fun shows I’ve seen and I enjoyed it more than I even imagined I would. So did the other people in the audience. Even the men and boys who were there because of their wives, girlfriends and mothers really seemed to enjoy it. Everyone around me was raving.As in the movie Elle follows her ex-boyfriend Warner to law school after he breaks up with her. Rather than just blending in with everyone else at Harvard, Elle stays true to her West Coast roots.To me this is one of the most appealing things about Elle’s character.Even though she goes to Harvard to follow Warner she stays confident in who she is.Ultimately she realises that law is her calling and that she has it in her to excel as an attorney.I think it was the combination of the uplifting story and the fact that the actors were so connected with their roles and engaging with the audience that made Legally Blonde so enjoyable. It is clear that Sheridan, Duncan and all the actors in this show are following their life path and doing the work that is meant for them.
Normally my clients come to me because they really aren’t sure what work best suits them.But sometimes I see a client because they have a very clear idea of what they want to do and want confirmation they are on the right path. Yesterday I had a session with a 23 year old university student from America. Her mother recently had a session and thought it would be helpful for her daughter to also speak with me as she will be graduating this year.Based on the science of numbers I figured out her life path as that of the humanitarian.Before our session I meditated as saw her as an advocate for those who have no voice.As we talked about what I thought would be ideal career choices for her she was amazed. It resonated well with her dreams and goals of what she would like to accomplish when she leaves university. We talked about steps she can take right now as she’s getting ready to leave university to put her on the path of making her dreams a reality.Even for those who already know what they want to do, it can be very reassuring to have a non biased person support their dreams and give them practical advice on how to transition into their perfect work.
If you feel stuck and aren't sure what your dream job is think about the things you love doing. Do you have hobbies that you could spend hours on? What is important to you now? Thinking about these things can give you clues to the path of work that will inspired you and leave you fulfilled.
Although it was cold and crisp it was also bright and sunny here in London today. If you live in London you know what a treat sunshine is in the winter when the daylight hours are short and it’s typically dark and overcast. My plan for today was to get out and see an art exhibition that a couple of my friends were participating in. Normally I use the London underground also known as the tube for transportation. As far as public transportation goes I find it to be easy to use and it gets me where I need to go. However, today the station closest to the exhibition was closed. So from Euston station I was forced to ride the bus.
Maybe it wasn't as fast as the tube but it was quite enjoyable looking out the window and seeing different parts of London. As we passed by the British Library I made a mental note that I have to visit it soon. It's such a majestic building. Coming from the US I'm still amazed at the architecture here and the beautiful old buildings. Before I knew it I was in Islington where the show was held. It was a small show but one was about quantity versus quality. I left feeling inspired and decided it was time to start a blog.
I've always enjoyed writing and journaling. Now that I am working as a career intuitive/life coach helping people discover what work is best suited to them and working with them to help them transition into their dream jobs, it just seemed like the right time to start my blog. I came up with the name for the blog, Happy Fulfilled Life because I help my clients create lives that are happy and fulfilled. I'll write about different things like my experiences living in London and whatever I'm inspired to share. For those of you who are looking to discover what work you are meant to be doing I'll include tips that will help you with this.
Calling this post Sunshine, sunshine was inspired by the lovely sun we had today but as I was typing it the lyrics of the U2 song Unknown Caller came to me. The song actually starts with Bono singing "sunshine, sunshine." It's a song about connecting to our higher self. Some people might call this God, or their Buddha self or the void. The song urges the listener to "shush now, cease to speak, so I may speak." When we quiet ourselves and allow our minds to stop thinking about our daily concerns through meditation or chanting we connect with our highest self. It's then that we receive the guidance we need. Our highest self already knows what direction we need to take but we need to quiet ourselves from all the thoughts going on in our head to be able to hear it. When we regularly practice chanting and/or meditation things just begin to flow in our lives. Synchronicities occur. The right people and situations begin to show up. If you don't feel the work you are doing is meaningful and you are not inspired when you wake up in the morning try meditating or chanting. It will help you battle stress and help you relax. When you are relaxed it's easier for new ideas to come to you. These new ideas could lead you to the work you are meant to do.
Jennifer recently moved back to Austin after living in London for the past four years. She teaches Theta Healing and offers private Theta Healing, Intuitive Coaching and Reiki sessions by appointment at the Mindful Body Center in Austin and for clients worldwide by phone and skype. Her dog Mazzie still tries to co-author her blog. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session with her.