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Generation NEXT -- Why I want to coach Millennials

Rachel Estapa

I chose to change tracks in life, shifting towards personal growth and development as a career, when I went through the infamous "quarter life crisis" -- a time in your 20's wrought with anxiety, uncertainty about the future and feeling like your life just isn't where you  hoped it would have been. Couple that feeling with being laid-off at the height of the recession and you've got one potent cocktail for a financial AND existential crisis.

But in my confusion, I created Undercurrent -- this little notion that if you follow your interests, devote time to personal growth and share the best of yourself with others, you can make a powerful shift out of a rut and begin to create a life you're really proud of.

What got me through that rough time was the conviction that I was capable of helping my peers better understand themselves and facilitate the personal and civic growth of my community.

I believe so much in the power, integrity and passion of my age-group, known as the Millennials.  Born between 1980 - 2000, we witnessed the changing of world order, experienced our parents devotion to making sure we had the very best, and discovered that the world, its people and issues are global. We understand logically and emotionally that change IS very possible and necessary, but that we've got to take personal responsibility to make it happen. And we need to get real serious, real fast. 

I want to help those who I know have incredible potential feel good about themselves. I'm a civic leader with soul and blending the two is my cause because I believe healthy individuals in their minds, bodies & spirits create healthy societies.

Optimistic? Sure.  Naive? Probably. I'm also a very pragmatic woman who knows what it takes to make real, sustainable change in life. I want to encourage, educate and unleash the power of my peers as we take on challenges and opportunities that were never taught to us in class.

What makes the quarter life crisis so fascinating is its opportunity for change. It's a metamorphosis -- you shed the old, habitual self who knew what was expected of them.  Becoming and loving WHO you are isn't easy, but it's what we're all after.

This is why I want to help my incredible peers take this leap into trusting who they really are. I know it's possible because I see it everyday in the emerging leaders, personal transformation and new opportunities experienced by those who refuse to follow a predetermined track of what's expected of them.