My life used to be very different.
I was married to my college sweetheart, had a high paying government job with excellent benefits, was enrolled in a PhD program at an Ivy League school, and was a Lieutenant in the Navy.
I had a condo located 50 minutes outside of NYC, two Russian Blue cats, a top of the line KitchenAid mixer, and a dark blue Toyota Prius.
To the outside world, I had the picture perfect life.
But here’s what people didn’t know:
I felt lonely in my marriage, stuck in my job, and uninspired in my PhD program. The condo, cats, mixer, and car left me feeling trapped and like a fraud. My physical health was deteriorating.
I felt like I was dying inside. I knew there was more to life than long commutes, mortgage payments, and dull relationships.
One day, after a terrible fight with my now ex-husband, I realized I couldn’t take it anymore. I had a choice: Accept the situation as it was and lose myself OR create something completely new and CHOOSE myself.
But what would I do? Where would I start? How would I survive?
I decided it didn’t matter: I needed to start somewhere. Losing myself was not an option.
So in the span of a week, I quit my job, filed for divorce, left my PhD program, sold all my stuff, gave my condo to my ex-husband, and bought a plane ticket to Brazil.
That was where my plan ended, but where the journey began.
Since that time, I’ve lived, visited, and volunteered abroad in Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and France; visited all 50 states in the US; have developed an entirely new circle of inspired, positive relationships; and get to work work with clients from all over the world. I feel alive, healthy, connected and balanced.
But most of all, I’ve gained clarity about my gift, my passion and my purpose in life. As a coach, writer, and speaker:
I am here to help YOU uncover your purpose in this world.
I am here to help YOU embrace your fears.
I am here to help YOU take the necessary steps towards choosing yourself.
Everyday, I’m living the life of my dreams – and I want to help you do the same.
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Victoria Gigante holds a double masters in Psychology and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She spent over six years as the director of an academic counseling center, and served over eight years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Victoria is a 500-hour Registered Professional Yoga Therapist, as well as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). She has experience in personal, spiritual, academic and career counseling. She is a master time manager, and is passionate about helping people uncover and live their truth. She is an avid traveler, ice cream connoisseur and an adventurer.