The Testimonial that made me ugly cry...
This year, I’ve been working on self-validation as the best kind of validation. I’ve realized, after many years of being a recovering people pleaser, that the most important opinion about the value or quality of the work I do is MINE.
Every now and then, though, something comes my way that touches my heart with such truth and impact that it brings me to my knees.
This week, it happened to be this review from one of my clients that recently successfully broke free of the “golden handcuff” that is Corporate America. I am so proud of the work this client did and the shifts she made in her thinking and her energy.
Here is her testimonial.
“Ah, what to say about Jess? When I came to her, I had been desperately trying to figure out what to do about a toxic job I was in. I was worn down, physically ill, and I wanted out, but by the time I came to her, I had completely lost myself and had no idea what to do next. I've worked with Jess for a few months now. The best way I can describe what she offers is an overwhelming, infectious, and motivating belief that you can have more. That your life can be better. That you deserve better.
She challenges every negative thought, not in a judgmental way, but like a prize fighter pummeling your inner bully. When you say, "I can't afford to leave this job. I won't find better. You have to accept tradeoffs in your career," she says, "Are you sure? Is that really true? Who would you be if you didn't believe that?" It may sound simplistic and Pollyanna, but in the end, you are much more limited by your beliefs than by your physical reality. She practically wills you to see your own potential.
Jess is authentic, vibrant, funny, caring, and brave. Wherever you are right now, she has been there too. She's had plenty of tough knocks in life. She gets it, and that makes her advice, support, and coaching, so much more valuable. There have been many tools, skills, and insights we’ve worked through together that have truly changed my outlook on life, my career, my family, and my potential.
Two months ago, I quit my corporate job. I gave notice and left. No backup job waiting. No winning lottery ticket. No benevolent benefactor. Just the certainty that I needed to get out and that I can have better. The day I gave notice was one of the best days of my life. I'm sure that sounds scary to you. It would have to me. But Jess never suggested I leave, she just encouraged me to listen to myself, and once I did, nothing was scarier than staying.
I had planned on waiting to write this review until I could report on my fully-baked new-and-improved "after", my next fulfilling, successful, high-paying career. :) Right now, I'm moving towards that, but I decided to go ahead and write this, because first of all, people need to know how good Jess is at what she does, and second of all, because I realized this is my new-and-improved "after". I would never have thought I'd leave a job with none waiting in the wings. It is totally uncharted territory for me. But, I have never--not one day, one minute, one second--regretted leaving. I know if I had not worked with Jess, I would still be in that job right now, slowly drowning. Now, I am spending each day investing my energy in something more fulfilling. I am *so* much happier, and trust me, my Sundays are much less depressing now.
Slowly, but surely, I'm rediscovering joy. I'm remembering who I am. I'm excited to keep working with Jess as I move into this next phase of my life. In case it isn't obvious, I think she is fantastic. I cannot recommend her enough.”
*Jess Reidell is an Intuitive Life Coach with over 20 years experience in the professional training and coaching field. She received her Life Coach training through the Martha Beck Institute. Jess has a Coaching practice in Marietta, Georgia and meets with clients both in person and remotely.
To find out more about working with Jess, visit her website at jessreidellcoaching.com