Corporate Manager to Entrepreneur

Jen Antila

Introducing guest blogger—and lovely client—Jen Antila. She is full of life and a poster child for following your joy! Joy isn’t something she even seems to “choose,” though; she simply embodies it and lives it. During our coaching relationship, Jen courageously made the leap from her corporate job (which didn’t bring her joy) into the world as an entrepreneur (where she knew joy would abound!). Watch Jen’s bold adventure unfold as she captures it all in her blog.

“To inhale Paris preserves the soul”—Victor Hugo

I went to Paris with five dreams in mind…
To reconnect, to fall in love, to unwind
To figure out my future career dreams
To begin new plans and create new schemes.

After two days, I had a choice to make
Pick three of the five – or fun forsake.
I chose to defer making future career plans
I chose my husband and fun – as Paris demands!

I engaged with Michelle upon my return
I was the student, ready to learn.
Michelle was a teacher, but better yet a guide
I probed my heart and mind, and began to abide.

I explored my own questions, was honest and true
I painted my own picture of things old and new
I listened to my gut and my heart and my head
I chose with purpose, didn’t sleepwalk instead.

I said goodbye to old patterns and ways.
I bid adieu to games and power plays.
My husband and I talked over my fears
We’ll jump together (after a few beers!).

Today I feel joy, freedom, and relief
There is a foundation, a strong belief
That work can be all that I want it to be
Fun, stewardship, and financial security.

I feel grateful for the opportunities today
Michelle helped me find my own way.
Guidance, challenge, support she did give
It was the light on my path that will lead me to LIVE!

Jen Antila & Dave Antila

Jen Antila is an entrepreneur—teaching people how to eat and live well, chronicling the journey at her Jen The Catalyst blog.

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3 Responses to “Corporate Manager to Entrepreneur”

  • […] Prose, Anyone? March 31, 2010 Filed under: Uncategorized — jennwoo2 @ 8:42 am Tags: Ask and it is Given, Goodbye corporate world Not sure if this counts as high-falutin’ poetry, but I’m proud of the message, even if it wouldn’t make the list of Greatest poems.  Check out my Guest Blogger post at my coach Michelle’s website! […]

  • Lisa Saline says:

    Michelle – thank you for sharing the story of how Jen went from Corporate to Entrepreneur. Those stories are always enlightening and encouraging to hear. Also, I am signing up for her Crash Course to Dinner Party so I can surprise my own family with something other than chicken and paper plates. Plus, I get to meet new friends who are like minded.

  • @ Lisa: Glad you liked Jen’s story–me, too! I’m so excited that you’re signing up for her class. You will love it and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your family!

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Michelle Stimpson: Editor/Writer

Michelle Stimpson Hi and thanks for visiting - so glad you're here! This blog is especially for cool people who want to experience joy and live a life of purpose. Welcome!

Here you'll find great stories that will inspire you and remind you that life is good, and there's an abundance of joy all around us. Simply put: When you follow the things in life that make you come alive and bring you joy...the magic begins to unfold.

Start by checking out the "Best Of" page and be sure to consider subscribing above. Thank you and cheers to joy!

Michelle Joy Stimpson
Executive Editor & Writer
Life Coach, LifeShine

Bill Stimpson: Partner-In-Crime

Bill Stimpson Hi! Not only will you see me “show up” in many of Michelle’s stories and posts here, but I also serve as Michelle’s editor, helping her clarify intentions and make her posts shine.

One of the great joys in my life is being involved with this blog! It’s a constant reminder for me to focus on the things that bring me joy. It also feels great to be sharing so many of these joys with you - in hopes that you, too, will find ways to focus on your own joyful experiences.

Here's to an abundance of joy in your life!

Bill Stimpson
Hubby & Associate Editor

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