And then the company she works for suddenly was sold, giving her the choice to stay with the new company or the opportunity to choose unemployment, or rather a one year sabbatical to rediscover herself and transition into self-employment. Choosing the latter, Gisele re-cultivates her relationship with her boyfriend, travels to Europe, takes classes, and remembers what it is simply to have fun again — as when she and her sister surprise her parents by showing up for breakfast in their pajamas — and finally, she figures out just what she wants the rest of her work and personal life to look like.
Watching Gisele go through this transition was fascinating for me. After her years in the corporate world, she was somewhat like an adrenaline junkie, and she constantly refers to the hamster in her brain that will not stop but always needs to be busy, planning, scheduling, figuring out what’s next. She knows she needs to learn to relax and stay in the moment, but as with most of us, that’s easier said than done, and precisely why I and so many others will relate to her story.
Many books have been written about how to become an entrepreneur and build a business of your own from the ground up, but few discuss it from a personal perspective. In Transit is more like entrepreneur therapy where we get to see a woman’s daily frustrations and emotions during her career transition — almost like we are watching a reality show about becoming an entrepreneur. Gisele carries it all off with pluck and a good sense of humor that will leave readers laughing, relating to her, and ultimately, feeling motivated to follow their own dreams.
If you’re ready to take the leap to self-employment or make any other major life change, you will find a kindred spirit in these pages who understands where you’re at, where you want to go even if you don’t, and who can show you how she managed to get there. Get ready for a career and life-changing experience.
For more information about Gisele Aubin and In Transit, visit her website.