My transition into a new chapter began in late 2015, while recovering from a bicycling accident. Until that time, I had enjoyed a productive career as a Geologist in the global oil and gas industry, which was then engulfed in a massive crisis that resulted in over 400 thousand jobs lost.
I knew that I could be in the chopping block. My employer was getting ready for several rounds of layoffs. Instead of waiting for that possible outcome, I used my convalescence time to take inventory of my dormant skills. I also examined my core values, and the level of satisfaction I had in various aspects of my life.
The result of this exercise was clarity, hope, and enthusiasm. I realized that I had the tools to begin crafting alternate plans that were different from my lifelong career and comfort zone. Ten months after my accident, I founded New Shores Coaching.
I am Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner from the prestigious Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). I have a B.A. Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.Sc. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. I am also a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) from the College for Financial Planning.
In late 2020, the global oil and gas industry was hit hard again. The perfect storm of Covid-19 engulfed the world, triggering a new wave of massive layoffs. I was probably the first one to raise the hand, when my employer asked for volunteers to leave with a severance package.
I now balance my active retirement time between meditation, volunteering, coaching, and writing. My most writing recent project is a chapter entitled Murmurs of the Inner Voice, which was published in Christine Kloser’s anthology: Turning Point Moments
My coaching services focus on the transitions that are triggered by the inevitable cycle of change we all go through. This is especially true as we get older and begin to wonder what our next chapter will be like. I work with those who seek help in personal change management, career change, active retirement, mindfulness, and life purpose.