I have mentioned before that the reason I started INVIBE was because I realized at age 45, that I simply wasn’t happy with what I was doing and, being completely honest with myself, I recognized it was starting to encroach upon my relationships. I was successful, or so it appeared outwardly. But inwardly I was kidding myself. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fact that my career had taken a progressive path, and the paycheck that went with it… but I wasn’t genuinely happy with what I was doing. It was as just as simple as that.
Not being happy with where I was spending the better portion of my day was partially a product of so many layers to filter through on a daily basis…here are some of the larger ones:
Sexism – Yes, in the 21st century we are still dealing with this beast. There is still a mindset among some that women only belong in administrative or supporting roles. I have experienced this first hand in organization(s) I have worked in previously. I began to notice that any woman who managed to make it past that level was seen in a negative and harsh light due to demonstrating the very same behaviours for which men are constantly praised. More recently, yesterday to be exact, I came across a job posting for a local company that stated they were looking for “preferably female candidates” for a role that would include filling in for the receptionist on occasion. This is in one of the most open-minded, progressive and forward thinking cities in the world.
Micro-managing managers, or more appropriately nano-managers – You know the ones who have absolutely no trust in their employees? Managers who focus on perfection rather than on progress and the big picture because they only thing they are good at is authoritative dialogue. Managers who were in that role due to privilege, or promoted because they were good at their previous role, not because they carried the traits of a good manager.
Lack of creativity – Creative minds who are not allowed the opportunity to create, will eventually get bored. This was me. You can only create so much with PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheets on company templates.
Lack of meaningful purpose – I worked in consumer goods, so aside from improving our already gifted first world lives, I wasn’t saving the world by any means. I have always wanted more. I wanted to make a difference.
Having said all of that, there was still another reason why I wasn’t happy. I simply wasn’t doing what I love. There were times, however where it was allowed to show up in my work: when my colleagues came to me for advice, or wanted help with a proposal, or even needed my help to update their resume. I was passionate about helping people, about making a difference in someone’s life. Not doing what I loved on a daily basis ate at the core of me. I wasn’t doing what my soul desires and therefore was not in alignment with my soul, my source energy.
Whether you are conscious of it or not, we are all made up of energy. Our energy is our spirit; our spirit is our breath. We have seven centers of energy within our human bodies that connect our physical to our non-physical (spiritual). These seven centers are known as chakras, each representing a colour of the rainbow. The word Chakra originates from Sanskrit, meaning circle or wheel. Each of the seven wheels of energy, or chakras*, play a role in regulating all functions of mind, body and spirit and the flow of energy in and out of our bodies.
When our chakras are in alignment, our energy is flowing freely and we have a sense of fulfillment. When one or more of these energy centers, or chakras, are blocked, as a result of our in-action in that particular area, it stops our energy from flowing. This is where ailments, both physical and mental, start to show up.
Not doing what I truly desired for my career, resulted in a blockage of solar plexus chakra. The physical manifestation of my chakra blockage was weight gain in that area specifically. To put it simply, there was no flow of energy in that area. So no matter how hard I tried to lose weight, it wasn’t something that I could control through physical efforts, but rather, mental and spiritual awareness and action towards balance in my solar plexus chakra.
My developing awareness to these energy centers in all of us, and specifically my own physical/non-physical connection, has played a role in my spiritual growth over the last few years. It has motivated me to want to learn more about the esoteric nature of our being, and how when we honour the whole of ourselves as physical and non-physical beings, we evolve and experience growth along our own individual journeys.
This awareness, is what prompted me to one day say “Enough!” to the job I had grown to despise. It was time to honour my soul, my purpose, and take control of my life. In doing so, I incorporated all of the aspects where I felt most in alignment with my soul’s desire and created INVIBE.
It was important to me that the foundation of INVIBE be built upon the connection of physical to non-physical, and to carry that into all areas of the business. This is what sets INVIBE apart from the rest of the career development industry. Recognizing that there are many more individuals of like mind, tired of the monotonous, routine of life, or so-called life, looking for more, looking for change, looking for growth on their own path and joy in all areas of their lives. My mission with INVIBE is to help people discover what I realized at 45 years old, as early on in their career as possible.
In keeping with this sense of spiritual awareness, and the connection of physical and non-physical, I designed the INVIBE logo around capturing the essence of this. The heartbeat-like lines of the INVIBE logo signify life and are coloured with the colours of the 7 chakras, symbolizing our energy source and the alignment of mind, body and spirit.
INVIBE…it’s about connecting our soul and our passion, to our work, allowing our energy to flow freely within us. Sometimes we need a push to force us into change, and other times, we just get fed up and say, “Enough!” like I did. As quoted by Walter Anderson, “our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” If we are honest with ourselves, isn’t experiencing joy why we are here? And if joy isn’t present in our life at this very moment, it is most definitely worth the risk to take steps towards changing that.
*sources and for more information on chakras: