This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing.

Vicky shares how it was rattling for her to be laid off from a job where she had worked for 10 years. What surprised me was that, on top of that, she decided to switch her industry and city when that happened. She packed her bags and move from Florida to New York City to find work in a totally new industry. In the episode, she shares what gave her the courage to make such a massive shift.

You can find Vicky at the below links

In the interview, we talk about

  • how getting laid off was quite shocking and a bit rattling for her because she had worked there for 10 years
  • how she took this opportunity to basically reset her whole professional life move to New York city with nothing other than what fit in her car and three pets
  • “I had people to sort of lean on and ask for direction or guidance, suggestions on how to navigate different things”
  • “I also really did learn to be my own advocate and take those risks.
  • “Sometimes we can feel stuck in a story, we can feel stuck in a path. But there’s a lot of opportunities out there. 
  • “If someone who is listening has a desire to shake it up, try something new, do not worry about perception or what you are supposed to do, or what is the next logical step, but to consider taking calculated risks and to be your own advocate with that.”