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Episode 09: Why I Stepped Out of My Comfort Zone with Wendy LaFrance

My guest Wendy LaFrance, shares her inspiring story and tells us why she chose to step out of her “comfy” job as a Merchandise Product Analyst at a company where she has worked for 27 years and take a risk to try something new and different.  Although she rates herself as a #10 in confidence most of the time, she said this was a scary decision. She tells us why she chose to do it and what gave her the confidence to step out of her comfort zone and take career risk.

Prior to discussing her recent big career move, I asked Wendy about her many other “extra curricular” activities in addition to her full time job. Wendy shares with us an inspiring and motivational story of confidence, caring, and fun.

She is a 45 year old ‘mimi’ aka grandma, an eight year breast cancer survivor, yoga teacher and cross fit enthusiast. Her very busy and meaningful personal life includes:

  • Proposing, getting approval and teaching a successful yoga class at her company.
  • Starting an annual fund raiser where this year she raised $8,000 net profit to support walkers for the Avon 39 Walk and the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Spending a lot of time with her husband of 20+ years and doing fun things with her two year old grand child M.J. and posting his picture on Facebook.

How does she do all this and stay in balance ? Wendy says “I take care of me” and tells us about her self care routine.

Listen to this motivational and inspirational story about one woman’s confident career journey, taking a risk, and the motto she lives by “If nothing changes…nothing changes.”

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

If you were inspired by Wendy’s story and want to support her on one of her walks

Wendy LaFrance

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Boston


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