The Transition Tightrope

By Margot Burns

Happy New Year – now is a time to reflect, to set intentions; a time to reset, and if you’re feeling courageous or adventuresome, a perfect time for making transitions.   What are you hoping for this year?  What support might you need to show up as your most authentic self and achieve what you desire?

I had to face these same questions in the past year.  I felt on the cusp of major change, yet held back by my resistance to it.  I’ve found financial security and professional success as an expert witness consultant and career counselor, but I was working at an unsustainable pace and paying a high price with my health.  Ultimately, I realized how shockingly out of alignment I was.  I longed to be more of service and recognized that the most fulfilling part of my job was working with women in transition – primarily women going through divorce and facing reentry into the workforce as well as those seeking more purpose and balance in their lives.   I knew a similar feeling leading Enneagram panels and being witness to someone’s “ah ha” moment of awareness.  My own clarity led me to stop procrastinating (yes, I am a 9) and step toward a new career.

It is with excitement, and a dose of trepidation, that I am announcing my transition to becoming a professional coach.  It feels stressful to move into the unknown and reassuring knowing a new destination awaits.   Luckily, I have the gift of my community, a peer coach, and long-time teachers whose collective wisdom I can rely on.  Navigating transitions is a tightrope walk requiring tremendous balance, but I am not doing it alone, and you don’t have to either.

How many of you can relate to the stress that accompanies transition?  

What are you willing to explore this year to be in alignment with your essential self?

In 2019, our Enneagram Panel Series is focusing on stress – the stress that comes with change and uncertainty, from external demands and events, and also the stress that comes from feeling inertia or being unfulfilled in some aspect of our life.  We will explore how each Enneagram type shows up under stress and also the impact chronic stressors have on our capacity to connect with our essential self.  Through these monthly panels, we are reminded that we are more alike than different and stronger together than we are alone.  When we are grounded in our bodies, we have access to deep, meaningful receptivity and vulnerability.  This is our real work and it takes practice. Margot, along with co-leader Mary Ellen Arthur, invite you to join us the fourth Wednesday of every month for an Enneagram panel – starting with Type One on January 23rd.  We meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 22nd and Dexter in Denver from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and ask for a $20 donation.

Contact Margot to learn more about the Denver monthly panel group or to inquire about how professional coaching will create the change you envision for your life.

303-489-9590                     |               [email protected].

Discounted coaching packages available through the month of January

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