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You’re smart. You’re stuck. And you don’t know what to do about it.
You’ve worked hard to get where you are. You followed the steps that are supposed to make you happy, like going to college, getting a job, and advancing your career.
But you look around and ask yourself, is this it??
You desperately want to feel good about the life you’re living. You’ve tried figuring this out on your own but nothing’s worked. You know there is so much more possible for your life … but how do you get there from here?
Dreaming about a more satisfying life is one thing. Making it happen is another. Let’s do it together.
Hi, I’m Pam Bauer.
I’m dedicated to helping people who feel bored and unsatisfied with their lives to change direction and create a life they feel good about living.
I’m also an ex-engineer.
I understand where you’re at because I’ve been there too, and I’ve come out on the other side.
My life as a young adult was marked by decisions that seemed to make sense at the time. Like going to college. I was steered toward engineering because I was good at math and science, and it would lead to a good job.
Sounds like good advice, right?
I received my engineering degree and landed a good job … which I ditched a year and a half later because I felt stifled and miserable.
I knew I didn’t belong in engineering. To be honest, I had an inkling that engineering wasn’t the right career for me before I’d graduated, thanks to summer jobs that gave me work experience in the field. But with graduation looming, I felt like I couldn’t change direction.
I went on to try different jobs in completely different types of organizations, large and small. I held positions in non-profit, consulting, higher education, and retail. I worked hard to succeed at each job, but at the same time I was asking myself, is this how I want to spend the rest of my life?
With each job change, I was trying to find the missing something, the spark that comes from experiences that inspire and motivate.
Over and over again, as I reached for that elusive spark, I ended up slogging through boring meetings, petty office politics, mind-numbing tasks, and pointless team building activities at work. I was frustrated, and the frustration was seeping into other areas of my life. When I wasn’t at work, I was still frustrated about it.
Is this all there is?
And then came what I call my lost year. I was overworked, overstressed, exhausted, and missing out on enjoying life for the sake of getting more work done. I knew I needed to make a change again. I told myself I just needed to try harder and get.it.right.this.time.
But the more I tried, the worse I felt. I was doing what I’d always done before – looking for a different job. But then one day it dawned on me… I kept getting a new job and ending up in this same rut. Did I really want to do that again? (No!!!)
“If all you ever do is all you've ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.” (an old Texas saying)
I remember the first time I worked with a coach. I’d already been following some coaches online and reading all of their blogs, but that wasn’t enough for me to make a change in my life.
I signed up to work with a coach, and it cost $1000. I’d never done anything like that before, and it was way more than I thought I could spend. I was so nervous! My practical, engineering brain kept yammering at me with questions like what am I getting into, and will it even work?
But while my mind questioned, my heart said yes. And it was exactly what I needed.
I realized that it was time for me to stop … Stop struggling with wasn’t working. Stop trying to be someone I wasn’t. And stop following what had been someone else’s idea (from years ago!) of how my life should be lived.
I knew I needed to find something more rewarding and personally fulfilling. For me, that turned out to be life coaching. This is the most authentic and gratifying work I could do. I didn’t know this was where I was heading, but now I know I was meant to get here.
My life today.
I’ve learned how to navigate my life my way and how to deliberately and authentically create a life I want to live. This has changed my life.
What’s especially rewarding is that this way of living encompasses much more than just the work I do. I’ve changed where I live (from the when-will-winter-end northeast to a sunny and warm southern city) and how I live (from a sleepy suburb to more diverse cultural/food/live music offerings in an urban locale).
This is a lifestyle that feels so much more right for me.
I know what it’s like to want more from life but not know what to do or how to get there. I also know what it’s like to break free and do what I most enjoy. I started my career as a hardware engineer, and now I’m a coach – it doesn’t get much more transformative than that.
I now help my clients change direction so they can create a life that feels just right for them. I love guiding them to find their own way in their lives. When it all clicks into place, they take off with renewed enthusiasm.
Together we uncover your truth. Your dreams and desires. What a fulfilling life looks like for you. I don’t know what it is, you already have it inside you. And it is waiting for you.
To learn more about how you can start living a life you love, read about working with me here.