My Story – Your Path to Integrated Living
It was 2009, and my oldest daughter, a teenager at the time, told me that I was behind the times because I wasn’t on Facebook. She created a profile for me. At the same time, I was reconnecting with a childhood friend from first grade, who encouraged me to join a private Facebook group of 100 of the 291 people from our high school class. So I did. I was accepted back into the fold like we had just seen one another yesterday, and I realized that somewhere during the 30 years since graduating, I had changed. I had stopped thinking about myself and put my family?s needs first. I had suspended my corporate career almost 10 years earlier to stay at home and raise my children and I had lost the balance in my life.
My children were in high school and would be off to college soon, so I went back to graduate school. I got my MBA in Management, with a concentration on Leading People and Organizations, 30 years after graduating from college. As I was exploring career options I realized that going back into the corporate world would mean starting over again. I had the realization that I have always been an entrepreneur. If I was going to start over in my 50?s, I would do it on my own terms and have my own business. I decided to get my coaching certification because seeing the successes of the people that I hired, mentored, and coached is the most meaningful takeaway from my corporate career.
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At the end of graduate school, as my youngest daughter was going off to college, I realized that my marriage had been in a sorry state for a long time. Have you ever been in a relationship and felt completely alone? That was me. ?After much reflection, I decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage. I found divorce mentally, emotionally and financially challenging, and now I am passionate about sharing what I have learned that can make your journey easier.
Hello, my name is Sandra Hughes, and I share my story with you because my experience and training will help you through your life’s transitions, and guide you down the path of what I call “Integrated Living.”
I’m here because I am passionate about providing the support, structure, and tools to create a plan with you to get through your divorce. During a divorce, the tendency can be to give in to the other side?s demands, jump into a new relationship, make other life-changing decisions, and ignore our own needs. I want you to know that whatever you are feeling is ok, that there is no right or wrong way to feel or go through a divorce. I will help you find that inner leader and reconnect with your sense of self and life purpose while crafting a plan to help you get through this really difficult time and come out the other side a new energized reinvented you.
I have realized through my divorce that having support systems, a plan, and goals in place works. It has been instrumental in helping me get through, feel hopeful and excited about the future. I want the same for you!
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