I achieved a lot but struggled to flourish
HI, I'M SAMANTHA
I spent nearly two decades helping others to reach their potentials and flourish (first as a senior occupational therapist then a senior university lecturer) but for much of that time I wasn't thriving.
On the outside my life looked good, but I struggled with toxic workplaces, an existential crisis, chronic anxiety, burn out, and autoimmune disorders. I often felt sad, lost, bored, unrealised, and destined for more. I didn't know where I'd gone wrong or how to improve things. I feared there was something wrong with me, that I'd waste my life, and be stuck in that place forever.
I didn't know how to thrive. It cost me my time, health, and fulfilment
It took a mystical experience for me to wake up and see why I was struggling to thrive: I'd lost touch with my most authentic, creative and expansive self, which left me withering inside.
I learnt to shrink, morph, and sacrifice myself to survive and succeed in the outside world. I achieved a lot but at a cost: I lost myself, lost my way and lost my inner sparkle.