Published on March 6th, 2014 | by thevyne0
#DoWhatYouLove: Tanisha Drummer Parrish
Tell us your occupation – what it is that you do and love?
I describe myself as a maximizer. I help take people, ideas, and organizations from good to great. One way that I do this work is as a Life and Leadership Coach.
I coach externally accomplished women to be internally fulfilled via individual coaching, group coaching and workshops with my personal development business, Life Under Innovation, LLC. I use elements of the design process to get people to become the innovators of their lives.
The outcomes are that my clients dream bigger, act boldly, and live more fully because they are redefining expectations of themselves and designing their lives own their own terms.
Was this something you always thought you wanted to do?
I had no concept of what a life coach was 5 years ago, but looking back, there has always been a consistent theme since college around helping people and driving them to action. I majored in Organizational Change in undergrad and fell in love with the intersection of psychology, systems and organizations. I was not able to find pure work in this area, so I ended up fueling this passion on the side through tutoring, mentoring, and career consulting (writing resumes, interview prep, etc.) and eventually life coaching.
So what was the catalyst? How and when did you decide that that was what you wanted to do?
After a few years of career consulting, where I helped clients prepared for targeted careers, I realized that many of those same people would come back a year or so later looking for another job. They had set out to get a specific job, and then found that they were still unhappy once they got it.
What I learned was that people typically make career decisions in very rash, sometimes illogical ways. They don’t take into account the vision for their lives and how career plays into that. That led me to the desire to coach people more broadly and holistically.
What has been most gratifying about following your passions?
By following my passion for coaching and leadership development, I was able to define my purpose. This was a gift that I didn’t know was missing in my life. Until I discovered my purpose, I didn’t believe I had one. I was navigating life without a compass, which caused me to attribute my unhappiness/lack of fulfillment to external things like career and relationships. I now seek fulfillment based on internally factors like peace, gratitude, spirit and energy.
What advice do you have for women who are afraid or reluctant to follow their dreams?
Everyone has a divine gift that only you can bring to the world. When you hold back that gift, the world suffers. I asked women to think about following their dreams in this way. If you don’t do it, the entire world suffers.
What are you looking forward to most in 2014?
I’m taking a different approach this year and not setting detailed goals. Instead I’m letting things be more fluid in order to open up more possibility instead of planning everything. I want to really work on my patience and gratitude regardless of the situation. So this year I am most looking forward to new beginnings and becoming a more patient and grateful person.
Where can our readers find you on the web?
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