The Purposeful Pivot Interview with Rachelle Matias- thinking it was "too late to start over"

I'm lucky to have Rachelle as MY acupuncurist. She helps me with shoulder aches and pains and my flying anxiety.

Rachelle Grace Matias, L.OM., L.Ac. is nationally board certified and a doctoral candidate in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Her integrative approach combines East Asian Medicine with the latest evidence based research to balance the organ-meridian systems of the body and help promote it's natural ability to heal itself. She is invested in treating patients throughout all stages of life and aims to prevent future disease with ongoing support and community education. Specialties are in treating (but not limited to) stress, acute and chronic pain, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, autoimmune diseases, fertility, and the effects of aging on the skin. 

She is the owner of Grace Acupuncture Herbal Medicine located on 406 Delaware Avenue Suite 4, Bethlehem, PA 18015. For more information, call (619) 483-1985.  

 What is one piece of advice a mentor told you that's stuck with you? "The people around us awaken the destinies dormant within us." -Kris Vallotton 

The importance of finding your people is a piece of advice that has always stuck with me because of the great impact that your inner circle can have on your life.  A key component of activating your purpose and vision is through the support, guidance, and influence from the people that you spend most of your time with. Throughout the years as I've grown professionally and personally, I have come to solidify my core values. Knowing these core values has not only helped me clarify my career choice and goals, but select friends to surround myself with that share these core values and empower me rather than hinder me. The old saying rings true, "show me your friends, and I'll show you your future." My inner circle is small, but I'm blessed to be in community with people who are gifted and have strengths in areas I aspire to have, who are movers and shakers in their own lives, and who continuously encourage me to keep reaching higher. 

Name a time that you pivoted in your career?

My career in acupuncture and east asian medicine comes after 7 years in corporate business. I found myself at the end of my 20s burnt out and unfulfilled in what I was doing day to day. The moment I realized that I did not want my boss' job I knew it was time to make an intentional shift. Crippled by a fear of the unknown and thinking it was "too late to start over", it took me a couple of years to make the leap back into graduate school. What really gave me the courage to pivot into a new career was a change in mindset that was not driven by fear but by purpose. 

How did it change your life and where you are today at work and home?

Going to graduate school and making that career shift has given me the freedom to work for myself in my own medical practice while realizing my purpose in a career that fills me rather that wears me down. I now feel empowered to create my job rather than conforming to my job. I no longer feel the dread of going to work but constantly feel challenged to grow as a clinician and small business owner. 

"What's one word that describes your career up to this point" Adventure!


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Lynn Mull