Growing Your Life Garden

Welcome to my Second Acts series!

Today, we have Jackie Yun talking about her extraordinary shift from the corporate world to her “next big thing.”

Here’s Jackie!

jackieyun“Fantastic Journey” was the subject line on my good-bye email and indeed, it had been.  As Senior Vice President of one of our Information Technology divisions, I tackled things like turning a tech center scheduled for shut-down into a revenue generating center, beating out external consulting firms for a rewrite of one of our systems, merging organizations that weren’t on the same path into a cohesive purposeful whole.  By any corporate yardstick, these were significant and had positive impact.

So, what would be my next big thing?  I could re-live all that I had lived on a bigger scale (CIO, COO, CEO, anyone?).  But, what is the point in a “repeat” when time is precious?  And time is precious when you’re at the doorstep of retirement, even if it is early retirement as it was for me.

In my “Fantastic Journey” email, I did not write about the corporate accomplishments.  I wrote to the people who made those milestones possible and recounted the extraordinary feeling of community, the can-do attitude, the camaraderie, and the caring support.

Jackie Yun's Garden

Jackie Yun’s Garden

I realized a bountiful garden had rooted in my life (this is my hat tip to Louise L Hay: “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens”).  I wanted to tend this garden and grow it into a vibrant, lush, uplifting ecosystem.   

My tools in the past had included the corporate mantra of “it’s not enough, do it and prove it again”.  As part of my next big thing, I’m replacing those tools with the perspective of abundance and paraphrasing William Wordsworth, hoping to “fill my life with the breathings of my heart”.

To help these seedlings of breathings, I’ve tilled the soil with yearly #threewords to live by, augmenting my usual annual goal-setting passed on from my corporate life.  These #threewords help me to “do” in a more heart-spacious way.  For 2013, I am living by these words: 

  • Awesomeness > Owning it within, appreciating it in others and in the world
  • Art > making a point to look at things differently, be creative, curate a bit of beauty into everyday life
  • Jump > be bold, enjoy the feeling of flight, and a much needed reminder to exercise

Professionally, my next big thing meant becoming an Integral Coach ®.  Here I help people tend to their life gardens with coaching and advice on Executive Leadership, Career Direction, Life Challenges.  Like gardeners who share their harvests, I blog and enjoy sharing via Twitter and LinkedIn.  As the fantastic journey continues, I’m hoping to grow into a wise-old gardener, a caretaker of the ecosystem.  As Reginald Farrer wrote back in 1909:

“I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.”

So, tell me, what is the next big thing for you?  What are your #threewords to live by?  And as the time approaches for your next big thing, please …

#TakeThisMoment to uncover that which will nourish and make your life garden bloom! ~ Jackie Yun

Where to find Jackie…



Joanne here!

Thank you Jackie for sharing your “Fantastic Journey.” As Integral Coach, you are well suited to the role of wise gardener and in an excellent position to help your clients grow their life gardens.


6 responses to “Growing Your Life Garden

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    • Debra,
      Very much appreciate you reading my post! And Joanne is right in that your second act(s) is inspiring. I love how you describe yourself –> “I hate to be pigeon-holed. Debra H. Goldstein, judge, author, litigator, wife, step-mom, mother of twins, civic volunteer, Yankee, and Southern Woman writer are all words that have been used to describe me.”.

      And may I say congrats on your 2013 Alabama Writers Conclave First Chapter Award! Woo hoo!!

      Jackie Yun

  2. Joanne,

    I am honored to be part of your reinvention, second acts series on your blog! I’ve enjoyed reading and learning from the posts to-date and am looking forward to reading future posts that are counting down to the release of your first novel. I am definitely intrigued and can’t wait to read your novel, “Between Land and Sea”, to see how the “Little Mermaid” fares in her reinvention and second act.

    Hugs to you,
    Jackie Yun

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