Source: Best Health magazine, January/February 2016
Feeling the urge to make a drastic life change? It could be your hormones at work, says Dr. Susan Biali, a Vancouver-based life and health coach.
As women get past 35 and into perimenopause, she says that a shift in estrogen and progesterone levels can prompt a more ‘inward’ focus. ‘I see it over and over again, with women starting to focus more on themselves and less intensely on nurturing others,’ she says.
Dr. Biali, who quit medicine for a time to pursue her love of flamenco dancing, believes it’s essential to find a way to pursue your passion or risk never feeling truly fulfilled. ‘It’s not a selfish thing to follow what’s in your heart,’ she says. ‘In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as you often end up influencing others to follow their dreams as well.’
To tap into your passions, she advises paying attention to people around you who are doing things that you find most exciting. ‘Then make a plan on how you can get there, too, starting with what you can do right now,’ says Dr. Biali. ‘Every time you take a step and succeed, you’re increasing your skills and moving yourself closer to your dream.’
Need a little push to follow your dreams? Check out The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna ($23). This charming tome gives readers the permission they need to make life choices that matter to them.
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