12/28/2016 by Kori Burkholder
7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers: Kathleen Booker
7 Questions with Career Transition Trail Blazers
Kori interviews experts who have said goodbye to a career that no longer serves them and have forged ahead on their own career path and are living their purpose. The purpose of this interview series is simply to inspire others to find and live their purpose, too!
Kathleen Booker is an effervescent native New Yorker. Her energy is infectious. Kathleen is passionate about Conscious Connected Breathwork therapy and knows first- hand the energy, healing, peace, and joy it creates in one’s life. As a certified Breathwork Coach, she has worked with many masters in the field of Conscious Connected Breathwork therapy. Kathleen lives by: Breathe Deep…Live Deeper! When you Breathe deep the answers are revealed and the pain dissipates.
In terms of your career, what are you doing now?
I am Blessed to LOOOOVEE what I do! I am a Breathing Technician. I teach people how to Breathe deep to Live Deeper.
What were you doing before you transitioned into living your purpose?
OMG…working dead end jobs, living a life that was not fulfilled Spiritually. I went from job to job never staying longer than 2-3 years. Never allowing myself to reach higher to be happy because I did not know what higher or being happy meant. I was numb with unhappiness and it was the place I KNEW so there I sat.
What was the biggest challenge before/during/after your transition?
Biggest challenge before my transition was getting clarity as to WHAT the transition would be. I knew I was miserable however, I did not know what I was going TOWARDS. I just knew where I was was uncomfortable and pain-full.
The Universe was very helpful. My rotator cuff tore and I was out of work for several weeks. During that time all I did was Breathwork sessions and cry and talk to God. During that time it became clear that I was to teach Breathwork.
My biggest challenge during my transition was that I worked 7 days a week! I worked my day job and whoever would allow me to teach a Breathwork class at their facility, I did. I was so pooped yet exhilarated because I knew each step lead to freedom from the doldrums and dead in jobs.
After my transition the biggest challenge was getting clear on business basics: marketing, creating back office operations.
What was at stake if you didn’t make the transition?
My friggin’ sanity!
What is your favorite part of your career now?
Sharing the Breath with my clients and having the honor to see their emotional, mental, physical and spiritual transformations take place in front of my eyes!
What nugget of wisdom could you offer those thinking about making the leap?
Be clear that your chosen path is one that you love. Love it so much that you would do it for FREE! Get support! A business coach and life coach. There is nothing like starting your own business that will bring up ALL your SH*t! You must be willing to press into your dark places (those spots that tell ya, "no you can not have your own business. Go have a snow cone and stay miserable!" You must look those places in the eye sit with them and move THROUGH them to SOAR. Otherwise, you just have a nice hobby.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Be brave, be willing, be courageous and run your business from your heart…SOAR!