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 and volunteered abroad in Brazil, Uruguay and France; visited over 30 states in the US, by car; and have developed an entirely new circle of inspired, positive relationships. I feel alive, healthy, connected and balanced.
But most of all, I’ve gained clarity about my gift, my passion and my purpose in the world. As a life coach and a writer:
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.
When I travel, I carry around a teddy bear named Chai Bear. As people learned about my story, they started calling me a “Badass with a Bear.”
To be a Badass with a Bear, you need BALANCE: You must be fearless, yet cautious; passionate, yet calm; stable, yet fluid; and strong, yet gentle.
I want to help YOU be a Badass with a Bear .
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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. Oh – and a Badass with a Bear.