Well, this blog has a been a long time coming! 😁
For those of you who’ve been in the Vet Harmony community a while, you’ll know that last year I was documenting my next-level upgrade in my own career to demonstrate the whole process – the good, the messy middle and the end results.
This was going pretty well in the early stages and then…….
Zip. Radio-silence. Nothing doing….
For this long absence from communicating with you, I apologise!
To quote Brené Brown, I am most definitely both a map maker for others AND still a traveller myself.
I believe when creating maps for others to follow, its important to integrate any learnings you experience in your own life, make sense of them and then distil the usefulness for others from it before sharing.
…And then the Universe decided to detain me in a rather bumpy journey of my own that lasted a tad longer than I’d originally planned!
Anyhoooo, I am absolutely delighted (and relieved…. 😅) to have popped out the other side.
My pathway ahead is now lit up like a runway before me and finally I can share the process and learnings.
In a nutshell, this is what’s been happening behind the scenes:
In the summer of 2021, I’d completed my ICF Professional Certified Coach training, been running Vet Harmony for over 3 years, launched a successful group membership and group online program in addition to my one-to-one coaching and was ready to evolve to the next level.
I decided that move would be to re-brand as ‘just’ Jenny Guyat, open up to non-vets as well as this had been happening organically via coaching vet’s partners and re-do my website and products.
Then I ran into exactly the challenges that I help my own clients solve.
Something was off within me about the decision. Something didn’t feel right but I couldn’t figure out what.
I just couldn’t seem to move forwards with this pivot and expansion despite knowing exactly what I needed to do.
I’d invested £5000 with my amazing coach Gemma Went to map out the exact steps.
I’ve several £1000’s worth of ‘know-how’ from many course, groups and programs I’ve been part of with lots of amazing entrepreneurial women on how to scale a coaching business.
But I couldn’t get myself to take the actions.
Initially it was easy to find lots of ‘reasons’.
Perimenopause making me feel like I’d totally lost my marbles, my ability to sleep and and my competitive edge.
Ditto long Covid on top of this.
Wrestling with the possibility of needing to pursue a neurodiversity diagnosis for our daughter and myself.
Finally getting planning permission and investment for another dream business my husband and I have been working towards launching for ten years throwing us into tons of financial uncertainty and, well, just uncertainty on steroids really which really triggered my nervous system and brain safety software as well as simultaneously being brilliant and exciting.
But gradually these ‘reasons’ have moved on, been resolved or settled down and yet I was still seemingly unable to take the action steps required.
What the feck was going on?????
Queue the self-doubt and shame gremlins.
My inner voice whispered, “Is this new direction in alignment for me and I’m just scared?”
Scared of the final frontier of my ‘vet identity’ being stripped away so it’s literally just me as Jenny Guyat rather than existing behind the brand of Vet Harmony?
Or is this new direction NOT in alignment and this is my intuition putting the brakes on?
I’m a highly skilled career and personal development coach, I should be able to tell the difference between fear and intuition, I TEACH this stuff for God’s sake!!!
Am I still actually as deeply connected to career coaching as I was before or do I need a new direction?
If so WHAT?
The irony of being up to my ears in the exact problem that I’ve helped hundreds of others to solve was not lost on me…
I knew the answers would come, but I was impatient and wanted answers, clarity and a new direction NOW.
I’ve never been someone who can just create and chuck out social media content or emails to my community for the sake of marketing and trying to generate sales, for me I can only ever create these things when I get inspired to share something I feel will be really useful for others and to be of service.
But my downloads and intuition dried up like a crusty riverbed in the Kalahari Desert!
Cue BIG hairy-arsed F.E.A.R.
Was I ‘broken’ in some way? Lost?
I kept trying to tune into my body but either feeling nothing, or just feeling flat and numb.
Not massively helpful and I decided I must be rubbish at reading my body signals.
I affirm to my clients constantly that none of us is broken, and always to ask ‘why is this happening for me, not to me?
Easier to see as true for others, harder to do for yourself, however I DID choose to keep surrendering to both of these mantras and relaxing and trusting that answers would come.
And thank feck they finally have!!
I’m NOT rubbish at reading my body’s responses to things, it had just been so long since I’d experienced what a full-body HECK YES felt like that I’d forgotten the feeling.
Now the HECK YES feelings are coming so thick and fast and it feels amazing!
I can’t possibly share this whole journey with you in one blog, so I’ll break it down into practically applicable steps over the coming weeks and share it in bite-sized reads.
Suffice to say, I’m no longer moving forwards in the way I’d thought I was going to, and it’s now going to look quite different, and I’m VERY excited about what’s in the pipeline!
Thank you to those who have checked in on me during my radio-silence and for those of you who have said they missed my emails, I am bringing them firmly back now that I finally have something useful to share again!
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing the top three life lessons that have come to me as a result of this journey, details on the what the ‘messy middle’ of a transition can feel like and how to survive and thrive when there is literally ZERO certainty in any area of your life and what tools you can use.
To finish off for today, let me reveal what I’m up to and how you can get in on the action:
I will elaborate more in coming weeks and on my new website when it’s ready, but in essence I’m focusing more on my one-to-one coaching here, and pausing group programs or memberships.
Working with clients one-to-one has always been my favourite part of the job, and where the sweet-spot is for me of the magic I can create in conjunction with a client.
That’s not to say I don’t also enjoy facilitating group stuff, but in-person rather than online works better for me with group work.
My powerful one-to-one coaching is accessible as single sessions from £197.00, psychometric profiling using the amazing HBDI Assessment or packages of sessions – book a free call with me here to have a chat and find out more.
I LOVE doing this work with people and have still been quietly coaching a steady stream of existing and new clients in the background over the last twelve months whilst figuring out my new direction:
“Working with Jenny has been one of the best decisions I ever made. I was literally lost after spending many years on “automatic pilot” following a career path that was not making me happy and had ruined my confidence. I could not have asked for a better coach.”
Dr Yaiza Forcada Dip ECVIM-CA MRCVS. Founder & Director Veterinary Specialist Communications
“My experience of working with Jenny? Enlightening, irreplaceable, essential!”
Clinical Director, IVC Practice
“I’ve learnt so much from her sessions and also from her own experience and honesty. Jenny’s caring and encouraging approach helps you feel positive and extremely well supported. I would absolutely recommend working closely with Jenny to anybody considering a change in career, looking for their next goal in the vet profession or wanting to simplify their life and find a better balance.”
Dr Vanessa Woolhead Internal Medicine Specialist BVetMed MVetMed DipACVIM MRCVS
My new website when it’s ready will make it much clearer what I do and the areas of expertise I can share – it’s not all about career changing either so I’ll be packaging up the career pivot stuff separately too.
This is my other business that my husband Kyle and I have been working on for a decade now and I’m SO excited that she’s finally up and running.
Lilypod is a hand-built, wooden geodesic dome glamping pod for 2 that floats in a lake.
Perfect for some very well-deserved rest and a digital detox for my veterinary colleagues needing an off-grid sustainable break in nature.
You can check her out here and use the code VET10 for a 10% discount of a stay, just for members of the Vet Harmony community.
Do hop on the Lilypod email list if you’d like to be kept in the loop of what we’re up to there. We have wild beavers on site, and have been chatting with vet and conservationist Sean McCormack on all-things rewilding and conservation to get ideas of how we can develop the lake site and support our incredible wildlife.
Joining forces with VetLed
Ahhhh, I’m soooooo excited about this one!
As part of a few cool collaborations I’m working on at the moment, I’m delighted to reveal that I’m joining the amazing team at VetLed as Trainer and Culture Lead.
I’ve been looking for a new area of knowledge to expand into since finishing my advanced coach training, plus I had a massive realisation that although I love running my own business I really miss being part of a team.
I think the work that VetLed are doing on Veterinary Human Factors, Civility and the HALT campaign is vitally important and I’m super-excited to be joining them and getting back out into practices again as well.
More updates will be coming as I get this all figured out and balanced but I’m loving the portfolio-career vibes and the mix of solo and team work.
Any questions on the above, just hit reply and give me a shout.
The final message I want to share with you that the last 12 months have reminded me of is the importance of TRUST.
💚 Trust that your path right now is unfolding exactly as it needs to.
💚 You don’t need to know every single detail of what is going to unfold before you in order to keep moving forwards.
💚 Trust in yourself, your skills and your ability to be resilient.
💚 Trust that a positive outcome is on the way and choose to keep affirming this.
💚 Trust in a higher power if that has meaning for you.
💚 Trust that to move into something new, you first have to let go of what feels safe and familiar and that often involves navigating through periods of time where you no longer feel sure of anything.
💚 Trust in this part of the process, even if you normally crave control and certainty.
Doing this allows you to take the time to make career decisions mindfully rather than rushing a decision into something that may not actually be in alignment, just to get rid of the pain of uncertainty, indecision and lack of clarity.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so do feel free to email me on email@example.com and let me know if this has resonated.