It was on a cold winter night in early June 2014, a Monday I think, that I took a step that changed my life. It took me from merely existing to LIVING, from being mostly sad to being HAPPY and EXCITED about my life. EXCITED for the future, EXCITED for what each day will bring and mostly EXCITED for what I know I am capable of and what I am working to ACHIEVE.

BELIEVE is now the word which I surround myself with. It is on the screen saver of my phone, on my desktop at work and it is the word that inspires me each day to reach for the stars. The power it has over me is unBELIEVABLE (pun intended). Words are very powerful and if we continually use positive words in our life it has the power to change it. I am proof of that. Each night before going to sleep I write a couple of positive quotes in my journal and I have found that ending each day with a positive Keeps me motivated. I read somewhere that ‘happiness starts with you, not with your relationships, not with your job, not with your money , but with you’ and this is so true. Once we learn to love ourselves and care for ourselves first, then everything else will fall into place.

By 2014 I was at the lowest I have probably ever been and my work life was suffering as my self esteem was so low that I could not even look some of my work colleagues in the eye when I spoke to them (even though I was fully aware that this made me look dishonest). I would keep to myself. I would go to work and sit at my desk all day thinking ‘I don’t want to be here’ and I lost count of the times during the day that this thought crossed my mind. I was very negative about everything and would never speak up or put forward my opinion on anything.

I was not one to put myself out there and had pretty much become antisocial due to having such low self esteem. Connecting with Maria and the Career Change Happens Team was not something I would normally do.

They say everything comes to you at the right time and I now BELIEVE it was my time. My belief in MYSELF and what I can ACHIEVE has increased 100 fold. Right from the beginning, my confidence grew and it was noticed by everyone around me. I could look people in the eye when I was speaking to them again and if I had something to say I could now say it confidently. The clarity and direction that Career Change Happens gave me enabled me to BELIEVE that I have something to offer, it gave me the CONFIDENCE to plan for the future by enrolling to study a Diploma of Event Management through distance education which I am loving. It is all a balancing act as I am a mother (to three daughters and a son), wife (my husband works away), daughter, employee (I work full time) and now I am also a student!

I can’t believe that I have let my mind lay dormant for so long. A very important thing I have learnt is that to remain happy and positive we must continue to learn and grow no matter what our age (I will be 48 this year). I have big plans for the future and I BELIEVE that I will ACHIEVE all that I have set out to do and that even though I am on the other side of 40. I have so much more to do and Maria and the team behind the Career Change Happens have been the turning point in my life and the way I see things. It enabled me to take my negative beliefs and flip them and make positive beliefs. I am now a person who lives for now, for today and I try to be in the moment as much as I can. There will never be another now so I plan to make the most of it.

Career Change Happens has completely changed my life and it will change yours as well. I have never been more confident, and happy with who I am. I have found MYSELF.

By Narelle




Narelle is a full time working mother of 3 adult daughters (two still live at home) and an 8 year old son who keeps her on her toes. She is currently completing a Diploma of Event Management in her spare time and loves learning new things that will enhance her life, now and in the future.

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