Because I know what it is to lose your sense of purpose...to long for greater support in your relationships, more fulfillment in your work, and more meaning in your day-to-day life.
If your experience is anything like mine, you want to feel valued, recognized, and appreciated for your contributions.
Living in a toxic environment leaves you feeling numb and directionless. It steals your energy and your confidence. And it eventually robs you of happiness and joy.
Ultimately, I got my joy back. And along the way, a new-found passion to help other women do the same.
I thrive on helping women just like you find fulfillment at work, become extraordinary leaders, and build relationships that support them on every level.
Two bits of advice are permanently inscribed in my psyche, despite having mindlessly tuned them out countless times over the past 30+ years.
The first I heard in elementary school as I sat in the cafeteria with my freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil, preparing to color in tiny bubbles for the next several hours.
"Read each question carefully, but don't overthink them....your first guess is almost always the right one."
a.k.a. Don't doubt yourself. You got this.
The second I heard around the same age as I sat wide-eyed and positioned squarely in my seat while watching an adult at the front waving a loose seat belt way above her head. I waited for the "CLICK" noise as she demonstrated... "in the unlikely event..."
And then the voice over the intercom...
"Remember to always secure your own seatbelt first before assisting others."
a.k.a. Take care of yourself or we're all going down.
Both are words to live by...in our work, our homes, and in the myriad of roles as spouses, partners, parents, daughters, and friends.
If only it was that easy.
No one plans on feeling trapped in their relationships, jobs, or day-to-day lives. And we certainly don't ever plan on spiraling downward on a path to burnout.
But it's easy to lose yourself in a relentless schedule while building a career, multi-tasking, and managing the expectations and demands of the outside world.
Before long, you're just a body, going through the motions. You're holding it together but you've no purpose or meaning.
This can be a dangerous place. And it's a place many women occupy. I was one of them.
For some, all it takes is a little nudge to see their situation through a different lens.
For others, it's a specific event or transition that causes them to regroup.
And for still others, it takes a category-five-type storm for them to rip the blinders off before they consciously choose a different path.
I fell into the category-five group.
I had finally hit a wall.
My motivation was gone. Along with my curiosity and my passion. My days felt rote and meaningless. And my health was now visibly suffering. I was just a body going through the motions.
The very qualities that had helped me successfully manage the biggest challenges and the greatest successes of my life now had me spiraling downward. It seemed the harder I worked, the deeper I dug my own hole.
Resilience was my worst enemy.
What was wrong with me? Had I just been fooling everyone? Why couldn't I pull it together?
The real question was, "Who am I, and where did Elizabeth go?"
She had disappeared into a dark abyss of “should’s,” “supposed to's,” and “what-if’s.”
Listen to your inner wisdom, the voice inside telling you, you were meant for more.
When you turn down the volume on that voice, you run the risk of silencing opportunity, possibility and sometimes even long-term health and happiness.
I help women to reinvent--to courageously close one chapter of their lives and empower themselves to embrace the next.
For some, reinventing means realigning their work with their leadership style and values.
For others, it's getting out of a high-stress job and reconsidering what they want their future to look like.
For still others, it's eliminating the emotional tidal waves in unhealthy relationships or exiting toxic ones.
But these obstacles don't have to rob you of happiness or dictate your success.
Help you transform your most vulnerable, challenging moment into a life-changing asset.
Empower you with just the right blend of practical tools, practices, strategies, and resources, so you can address your front-burner challenges and start making immediate changes while creating a long-term plan for your future.
Help you with creative problem-solving. I know there is an opportunity for you to shine in the midst of every obstacle and challenge. I love tackling problems and turning them into solutions.
Support you to create nurturing environments and strong support systems so you feel seen, heard, and fully valued in your relationships, your work, and your day-to-day life.
Offer insights that allow you to see your own situation differently, create new perspectives, and open up new possibilities.
See your big picture and understand your future vision without missing a small detail.
Help you through relationship conflict, stress, and burnout and eliminate the confusion.
Help you to see, believe in, and trust your own brilliance
Elizabeth Patterson is a Certified Women’s Leadership coach helping women liberate themselves from the toxic relationships, work cultures and relentless demands that cause chronic stress and lead to burnout.
She works with high-achieving women who seek greater fulfillment, meaning, and freedom in their work and life.
Elizabeth has worked with dozens of women in a variety of career fields including finance, law, entrepreneurship, tech, education, and the arts to help them reinvent their careers and create more balance, ease, and joy in their day to day lives.
Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
Certified Gaia Women's Leadership Coach through the Gaia Project for Women's Leadership
Trained Facilitator in Tara Sophia Mohr's Playing Big Women's Leadership Development Program
LicensedNow What?Facilitator in Laura Berman Fortgang's Career Transition program
M.A. University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Wellesley College
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Ok, so I saved one of the most important for last. Though I'll spare you the full CATEGORY 5 version, suffice it to say--and ironically, this echoes my first lesson--when your instinct speaks, listen.
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