I have always been passionate about helping people live fulfilled and joyful lives. In high school, I worked with my peers to help them make conscious choices about their future and personal relationships. This continued through college and into graduate school.
I received my BA in Psychology from Austin College and went on to earn a master's in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. After graduating, I worked for several non-profits before moving into corporate HR. I used my skills to understand others’ needs and move them toward their personal and professional goals.
When I returned to the workforce after 12 years as a stay-at-home-mom, I felt completely overwhelmed trying to get it all done and guilty when I wasn’t meeting my own expectations. I wanted to be the “perfect” mom, excel in my career, and do things I loved, and it always felt like none were getting the attention they deserved. I was saying yes to things I had done before, even things I hated; I was never asking for help, and I wanted to prove I could do it all.
I felt I didn't have enough time for work, my kids, chores, and errands, and time for myself was nonexistent. After talking to many friends, it seemed we all felt the same way, always going, caring for everyone and everything, but not ourselves. I realized this was the norm for working moms, but it wasn’t working for any of us.
In November 2020, on a PTA Zoom meeting, I thought, “I hate this; why am I doing this?” I was doing it because I felt obligated, not because I wanted to. Seeing how trying to do it all was getting in the way of reaching my goals.
I began focusing on what mattered to me, myself, my family, and my career. I said no, I asked for help, and stopped doing things that weren’t required of me. The guilt that I wasn’t doing enough began to disappear, and my life became more fulfilling, focusing on what mattered most to me.
I look forward to working with you!
Amanda Dolin, MA CPC PCC ELI-MP