Sarah Kinlin's story of self-discovery

Sarah Kinlin's story of self-discovery

The greatest example I have of where I personally use the tools that I teach is this story. About two years ago I had reached the second from the top rung of the corporate ladder for my location. Moving to the final rung required global, cross-sector experience. So I left my location and moved into a role that was supposed to give me that experience, but due to many organizational changes that followed, it was never what it was supposed to be.  However, it did give me an important gift. The gift of time. I went from working 60-hour weeks to 40-hour weeks, and I put those spare 20 hours to good use to discover who is Sarah Kinlin? What lights Sarah Kinlin up?

I learned that I have a gold personality who is responsible, organized, and rule-abiding. All my life, I’ve followed the rules, got the degree, the husband, the house, the kids, and 20 years at the same company. Interestingly, I also learned that I have an orange personality, someone who loves to take risks, have fun, and break rules - who me? So today, I am here embracing my illogical orange side. I’m thankful for the organized rule-following gold Sarah who got me here, but I’m moving forward taking more risks, and embracing brave, orange Sarah. While my childhood required me to play by the rules for my safety, as an adult, it is safe for me to make my own rules. It is safe for me to step outside the confines of my safe 9-5 job and pursue extraordinary success. It is safe for me to embrace my own dreams and ambitions.

This newfound understanding has ignited a fire within me to help other women embark on their own journey of self-discovery and empowerment. I believe that it is not only safe but necessary for us to break free from the limits we impose on ourselves. Together, we can create a supportive and empowering environment where women can unleash their full potential, challenge the status quo, and achieve unimaginable goals.

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