Photo by Craig Washburn

Photo by Craig Washburn

PaigeHarper Lang is a Happiness coach certified by Robert Holden, Ph.D., the Director of the Happiness Project and Success Intelligence. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, she attended the University of Manitoba for her undergraduate degree; the first in all of her family to attain one. Then she got accepted to law school at the University of Alberta… her dream career since she was thirteen years old. In 1996, with graduation looming, a sinking sense of dread was circling her. Was it just nerves? Or was it something MORE?!

She decided to step back – trust her instincts – and take a break from the mounting pressure. She was told: “You can’t do that! You have to at least get your practicing license first!” She thought: Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do!

Against all advice, she enrolled in Spanish language studies at the University of Guadalajara and moved to Mexico. While there, she felt the pull to teach – teach what? She had no idea… but it was the first whisper of what was to come.

Despite that, the “shoulds” and “have tos” sucked her back in. She got licensed and practiced Corporate Finance & Securities Law in Vancouver, Canada for a few years. Then, as the Universe always does when you don’t heed its guidance, she was unceremoniously yanked from that world!

Moving to Austin, Texas in 2003, thousands of miles from her home, in a new city and state, and now isolated in a country where she only knew one single solitary soul, she slipped unwittingly, and eerily incrementally into a depression.

All she had ever wanted was to be an attorney – and now she wasn’t!  Without that, who was she?! She had no answer. Her identity was wrapped up in something that no longer existed. She felt untethered.

Immigration issues kept her from a work visa. More isolation! The Universe’s equivalent of a mandated Time Out. “Sit Down! Think things over! You are not listening!” But it felt like punishment. For what? She didn’t know… but she must have done something really wrong for things to be this far off course – right??

Wrong! This was a massive and painful course correction!… however unrecognizable it was at the time.

Professional counseling, loved ones, and Hay House brought her back… back to her energetic, bubbly, happy, warm and unwaveringly optimistic self!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

– Anaïs Nin