Please join WEST on Zoom this Thursday, August 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. to hear from Jamie Martin, a Transition Coach on a mission to help women put themselves first and go after their dreams. Jamie’s workshop, “How to Make Time for YOUR Goals, even if You’re Drowning in To-Do’s,” will teach you simple solutions for finding the time and energy to pursue your goals.
Jamie’s framework for approaching goals goes beyond a “follow this step, then that step” approach. Especially in science and technology, many of us are used to approaching problems with methodological approaches like drills, maps, and formulas. With her background in industrial operations engineering and a 17-year career in tech, Jamie knows how important these approaches can be—and also how important it is to leave space for the unexpected as we pursue them. Even when we lay out a clear plan toward a goal, we can’t always predict how things will play out in reality. “It’s the adjustment that’s key,” says Jamie. “When you go with the flow, you make space for something bigger and better than what you thought was possible.”
Jamie’s most personal encounter with the importance of openness to the unexpected came through her fertility journey. “When you have the goal of having a child,” she says, “you may think the process is simple—a biological process that you can plan, where you can track everything.” But it was in letting go of the details that Jamie found the ability to move through the experience. The more she held on to the need for a plan and control over the process, the more difficult fertility treatments were, physically and mentally. “I had to really lean into letting doctors—other people—drive the process. To trust in them.”
At the same time as she was receiving fertility treatments, Jamie was pursuing a career transition. I asked for her thoughts on work-life balance in a situation where both her personal and professional life were moving at full speed, and how she decided what to prioritize and what she might need to sacrifice. She immediately directed me away from the word: “I don’t think you need to sacrifice. It’s about understanding yourself and your values in personal and professional spaces.” She emphasized the importance of learning to say no to things that don’t align with our overall values, freeing up space to fill our lives with the things that matter most to us.