Moving countries and starting your own business!

Making big bold moves and changes to your life and career can be incredibly daunting. That’s why so many of us, or our friends, are always complaining about work or life but can’t seem to do much to change the situation. We feel completely stuck and paralyzed. These friends seem to be completely stuck and paralyzed. That’s exactly where my coaching client Kerrie was when we first started working together.

She wanted to make massive changes to her career and life. It was so wonderful to see Kerrie become more confident while she untied herself and moved towards her dreams. What she achieved was remarkable.

To give you more insight into Kerrie’s journey, I asked her about her experience during the coaching process and how it helped her to quit her corporate gig and move back to the U.K. to start a business of her own.

Here are her answers:

Hanneke: What was the first sign that you needed a change of careers?
Kerrie: There were many small signs, such as not enjoying or feeling challenged by the work and realizing this wasn’t a temporary feeling. Also, hitting my ten year work anniversary and not feeling proud of it. I started to notice that I became more aggressive at work as a result of not feeling happy or fulfilled.

H: What scared you the most about the change you wanted to make in your career & life?
K: Failure and making the wrong decision! My transition was not just about career but also about also which country I was going to live in. What if I regretted it or couldn’t do it. I was walking away from security into the unknown!

H: How did working with me in our coaching sessions help you move through this fear?
K: Hanneke helped me work through each of these concerns, challenging me to think about what failure looked like and then together we explored practical ideas to help me manage them. It made me feel in control and broke the fears I had down to a much lesser extent. Hanneke provided a safe environment for me, so I felt able to share my concerns, and nothing was too silly to discuss. Hanneke was also able to relate and shared her experiences which helped install confidence; she knew what she was talking about – she had been there and could totally empathize.

H: What’s the best thing that’s happened as a result of making your career and life transition?
K: Freedom and regaining control of my destiny! I still have a long way to go, but the wheels are in motion. I have made lots of positive changes in my life in the last nine months: I’ve moved country, set up my own business, qualified as a Pilates instructor. I also have a new partner, and I have a better work-life balance.

H: What were some of the surprise results that happened as a result of following your true passion and leaving your corporate job?
K: People want to help you and want you to be successful. I didn’t stop to think about all the people I have access to, who have set up their own business and had experiences or resources they can share. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

H: What advice would you give someone who’s looking to make a career transition?
K: Only you can make that change happen, but there are people out there who can help. Focus on what success would look and feel like, acknowledge your fears and think about how you manage them and don’t lose sight of why you are making the change in the first place. Yes it will be scary, and there will be times when you think – what am I doing, but you only live once, so live it!

Powerful right? And to think that you can do the same!

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Kerrie’s transition was the physical results she radiated. I had the pleasure of grabbing coffee with her not so long ago, and she was glowing. Her skin, her smile, she even had a little skip in her step. She oozed happiness and confidence – I don’t know why I was so surprised by it, after all, I know all too well that this is what happens when you truly live in alignment with your dreams and desires.

Would you like to achieve similar results as Kerrie? Check out my Ultimate Career Bootcamp or contact me at to learn more about coaching and how it can help you create amazing results in your career, business, and life!

A big thank you to Kerrie for sharing her experience with us.

Have you recently changed jobs or made big leaps in your life and career? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience. Don’t be shy to brag about your accomplishments. 

Moving countries and starting your own business!

Bio – Kerrie Maitland

Following a successful international career of 15 years in Human Resources, Kerrie has recently returned to her home in the South of England where she’s currently establishing her own Company, Positive Dimensions, which focuses on personal and organizational well-being.

Kerrie has a Master in Human Resource Management from Bournemouth University and also has a Bachelor’s honors degree in Psychology and Sociology. Kerrie is also qualified in the administering and interpretation of Psychometric Assessment and has recently completed her Pilates coaching qualification.

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