I remember the exact moment I saw my life mapped out in front of me. I was in graduate school, spending the majority of my time studying. I had been taking additional classes each semester because I was planning on continuing on to my PhD.
In what little spare time I had, I was running, cycling, and swimming to train for a triathlon. And then one day, as I was assisting an aging neighbor inside to her home, it hit me like a tone of bricks: I was exhausted. And I felt like I was missing something essential. I didn’t want to look back on my life and see only a well manicured and predictable path behind me.
Sure, I had a series of accomplishments that looked good on my resume. But I had lost what defined me. I wasn’t very fun anymore and all my creative, wild energy had been tamed, caged, and held on a tight leash. I yearned for adventure, and longed to reclaim my true self. So I did he only thing I could do: I chose to grow. I took a deep (if bumbling) plunge into reconnecting with myself, and my life changed profoundly.
You’ve been an example to me of how to be daring, how to be brave, how to be confident in my power, now I feel beautiful in my strength. You have shown me how to step into who I am, despite fear. – Orlando, FL
I made many, many mistakes in the process of finding myself. I have lain on the bathroom floor, broken from grief and guilt. I could have put a stop to it right there. I could have chosen to carry my heavy brokenness with me – and nearly did. But ultimately, I kept choosing to grow, and I kept going. In spite of the fear of not knowing, of change, of failure, and of disappointing, I chose to leap. I chose myself.
Through all the “growth opportunities” along the way, I leaned on certain things to get me through: My creativity; a small but supportive community; and my sense of adventure – all of which are right-brain attributes! Each time, I reclaimed a part of myself; many of which I hadn’t even known I’d let slip away. Despite the fear of not knowing, of change, of failure, and of disappointing, I chose to leap and, ultimately, I chose me.
Through it all, I continued to reclaim various parts of myself – many of which I didn’t even realize had slipped away. My creativity had been unleashed, but I was swinging from one extreme (being exceedingly academic, logical, linear and severely structured), to the other (shedding almost all of my obligations).
After going through all that, I wouldn’t say those wild swings were the best way forward! However, there is another road to growth and transformation – an integrated one.
How I wish I’d had a guide during those times. I had amazing friends who were going through similar transformations, but I often wonder how much more smoothly things might have gone if I’d had someone who knew the signposts on the journey and could assist me in the growth process. I may have learned some lessons a bit faster, and avoided repeating the same mistakes again and again. Although falling is a part of learning to walk, having a supportive presence by my side may have softened the falls.
I want to be that guide for you. This process definitely takes work, but it’s also a lot of fun! After completing our program, you will:
Be more confident in your life direction
Be less divided between your profession and your passions
Experience increased energy and satisfaction.
Today, my life is better than I could have imagined. I’m able to assist others while determining my own schedule. I get to create programs that are aligned with my core beliefs. I dance, commune with nature and swim regularly. My heart and mind are full of possibility and meaning. And I am truly grateful to be living an undivided, creative life.
Dayna Wood applies brain science-based methods to help busy professionals and corporations improve creativity and innovation, and achieve their full potential.
As a professional psychotherapist, Dayna has worked with major non-profit organizations, as well as individuals in private practice. She helps all her clients reconnect with their innate creativity to:
Gain confidence and clarity
Grow beyond unhelpful, habitual thought and behavior patterns
Prosper and thrive
Dayna is known for her approachable, honest, and non-judgmental style. She combines out-of-the-box thinking with solid scientific research, so her clients get the best of both worlds.