Airial Re'nal Dandridge - Founder, The Veteran Woman, LLC
Change and transition can be tough. I spent almost two years trying to figure out what I wanted to do after I got out of the military. I thought I was ready. I had everything together – resume, job lined up, a degree, everything....or so I thought.... What I didn't realize is that I wasn't as quite as emotionally ready as I thought. My last couple of years in the military were trying. From being sexually assaulted by my supervisor, to experiencing racial discrimination, to complete breakdown – like I was in a mental institute for 5 days, to major panic attacks and depression – I didn't want to live any more. I felt hopeless and purposeless. The adjustment was difficult. I had been attending therapy for about 2 years and on meds. I was back and forth trying to decide what I wanted to do in life. Every time I went to therapy, I felt as if a scab was constantly being picked. I felt stuck. I wanted and needed to move forward past the pain. I signed up for a discovery call with a life and business coach. Little did I know, that conversation would change my life. I was reminded of my strengths, my passion, my purpose. I was reminded that I wasn't alone. It was then I decided I wanted to serve others in the same capacity. I hit the books and became certified in Solution Focused Coaching, Life Coaching, and Veteran Development.