I met Rachael O’Meara in 2013 on a boat ride on the Columbia River in Portland, OR. We were both attending Chris Guillebeau’s WDS event. We share a similar story of pushing the pause button on our lives to find a new and improved path. You’re going to love her story.
Rachael O’Meara was a customer support manager at Google when she realized she was burned out and needed to reassess her path. The best way to do this was to take a “pause”—a time-out to create space for her inner voice to be heard and to align her actions to lead a more fulfilled life. Pause: Harnessing the Life- Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break is her new book, serving as a GPS for others looking to slow down before speeding up again.
Download the 1st 2 chapters of Pause free at rachaelomeara.com
So what is a “pause”?
Rachael defines a pause as any intentional shift in behavior that allows you the space to experience a mental shift in attitude, thoughts, or emotions that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred.
Pausing can be as simple as a five- minute walk outside, or a day spent unplugged from digital devices. A pause is about taking a time-out to create the space for your inner voice to be heard and to align your actions with that voice in order lead a more meaningful, fulfilled life. Pausing offers you a chance to remember what “lights you up,” and allows you to identify your yearnings, shift your limiting beliefs, recognize and better understand what’s called “amygdala hijacks,” and discover how your relationships with others affect you.
About Rachael O’Meara
Rachael O’Meara is a transformational leadership coach, assisting others to fulfill their potential. She is a sales executive at Google and also hosts authors who have meaningful messages about mindfulness and emotional intelligence for the TalksAtGoogle YouTube channel. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post and has been featured in the New York Times and on WSJ.com. She leads workshops and speaks on the practice of pausing. She is certified in Transformational Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential (ICF certified) and has an MBA from Fordham University.
Rachael says, FIVE SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A PAUSE
SIGN 1: You Used to Love Your Job; Now You Loathe It
SIGN 2: The Boss Tells You It’s Not Working Out
SIGN 3: An Intervention Separates You from Your Technology
SIGN 4: A Major Life Event, Challenge, or Change Happens
SIGN 5: A New Opportunity Reveals Itself
Each one of these opportunities is a paradox. Is taking a pause really meant to be time spent to think? Or is it time to stop thinking so the wisdom and answers have ample room to surface? How often have you stressed out about a specific situation or were stuck in the decision-making process because you didn’t make up your mind? Overthinking can kill just about everything.
Taking a pause isn’t so that you can think more. It’s the exact opposite. It’s the perfect excuse for you to step away from your everyday life and not focus on what is ruling your thoughts.
Rachael’s Aquatic Pause
Aquatic Pause‘ is author Rachael O’Meara’s voyage to a place of peace and inner solace. Through this experiential narrative, you will be guided to a remote setting, composed and designed to achieve effortless tranquility and put a ‘pause’ in your day.