Empowering People to Live the Life They Want
Instead of the life they tolerate.
HI, I'm Katrina.
I'm a life coach who helps people fight through the fear of breaking from their conventional career paths to create a life that brings fulfillment, joy, adventure, or whatever they are craving.
So many people come to me knowing they are unhappy with their current job, but confused about how to change it or find the courage to make that change happen.
Some think they're “fine” with the status quo for one reason or another, but who really wants to settle for “fine” when extraordinary is possible? I hope YOU don't.
I know how to help you because I’ve worked hard and taken risks to find & create my own path.
I know what it’s like to have a comfortable life that seems "successful", while wrestling with an inner knowing that sees you are trapped inside a life that just isn’t fully "you." As a young adult, I had it pretty good: the corporate job, a comfortable salary, generous company benefits.
Or so it seemed.
I worked my way up the ladder across three large companies, earning praise and awards along the way. But something was missing.
I felt restless. Uninspired. And I knew something had to change.
I knew a change was necessary but I wasn’t ready to make a big leap to figure out what I really wanted. Instead, I took the “safe” route of going to a top 20 business school. I thought if I did well, with my MBA and my newly-secured job at a fortune 500 company, I would start to feel fulfilled.
I would finally be living the life I had always wanted.
I worked hard, and I was good at my job, but I lacked the enthusiasm and strategy necessary to keep climbing the ladder. Plus I had this nagging feeling that it still wasn’t right. It still didn’t feel like “me”.
I knew I needed something different.
I worked with a life coach and asked her to help me "find my purpose." Several months later - cue the big epiphany: I didn't need a purpose. I just needed a break. I needed to see the world.
I was absolutely terrified and completely thrilled by the idea. What if the job market tanks and there are no available opportunities for me when I get back? What if I take this big trip, spend all of my money and STILL don't know what I want to do with my life?
But deep down I knew it was what I had to do.
So I plotted and planned then gave up my corporate life for 20 months.
And I traveled the world.
I met new friends and reconnected with old. I scrambled from place to place, and at the same time mastered the art of chill. I became a certified yoga instructor and saw corners of the world I didn’t even know existed. And oh my God, the food.
After those 20 months, I realized how capable I was to do anything I set my mind to, how to take control of my finances and use money as a tool to get what I want, and had a lasting sense of deep fulfillment.
Transitioning back was a lot easier than I had imagined.
I felt inspired and refreshed and I knew what was important to me when it came to work. After 5 weeks of job hunting and dedicated focus, I landed 5 job offers.
It turns out that most companies find those brave enough to follow their dreams and take big leaps interesting and highly desirable.
Through this experience, I realized that one day I wanted to become a life coach and use my experience to help others in similar situations.
I wanted to help others find the courage to follow their own unique path in life and fulfillment in their work.
I want to help you.
This dream of mine to travel, this glorious life I’ve built on my own terms, it didn’t just happen. It came through hard work, careful planning, serious budgeting and an amazing life coach who helped me find the courage to take a leap of faith. I can show you how.
Through my intuitive listening and practical planning, I want to help you create a clear vision with action steps to achieve it and the courage you need to live it.
Kindness and empathy are the foundation of what I do. I’m a great listener, and hear the things you’ve left unsaid. I ask the right questions and help you find the answers.
Katrina McGhee Bio
Katrina McGhee is a professionally-certified life coach and MBA who empowers her clients to break from their current, conventional careers to create the lives they really want. After a life in corporate America as an healthcare actuary and then market researcher after receiving her MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, Katrina eventually realized the corporate grind was not for her, and saved $40,000 in just 18 months and embarked on a 20-month career break to travel around the world.
Now, she is a life coach who supports people who know they too need to change their lives and helps them to create a clear vision and a plan to bring it to life and get them from where they are to where they want to be. Her advice on successful career breaks, managing money and international travel has been shared across various websites, blogs and podcasts including Forbes, HuffPost, Business News Daily, Credit.com, Brit+Co and Extra Pack of Peanuts.