She reinvented nothing. She created a plan that allowed her to take steps around what she loved. She went to coach training school to learn effective strategies for transforming people's lives and she seriously studied wine and became a sommelier. Then, she took the leap of combining the two. Laurie pulled together her interests and experience and created a life and career that drew the best from her. Today, she is an author, speaker, educator, media celebrity and well known as The Wine Coach. She was perfect to start with, and now she has just grown more into herself. No reinvention or the shifting of tectonic plates that that indicates.
The next time you think or someone suggests you might want to "reinvent" yourself, consider these two questions. What are my natural gifts, strengths and talents? (If you aren't 100 percent clear about them, don't be shy about asking those around you -- friends, family and professional associates -- to tell you. They may surprise you and point out talent you didn't even know you have.)
What is one step forward that would be fun for me to explore?
Living from true passion propels us forward -- every step of the way.
Reinvention hints that we are in some way broken. Evolving recognizes the magic within each of us to grow into the exquisite human beings we're meant to be.
A pioneer in the field of life and executive coaching, Debbie Phillips is the founder of the organization Women on Fire and the author of "Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!)" and co-executive producer of the film "Inspire Me!"