005: Finding the Courage to Leave a High Stress Career w/Tara O’Leary MacCarthy


Tara O’Leary MacCarthy is a self-proclaimed recovering marketing executive, who now leads clients and students to wholeness through the process of self-discovery and healing with a blend of yoga and deep exploration of the Four Voices (mind, body, heart and soul). Drawing from her life experiences with trauma, addiction recovery, grief, chronic pain, and the dis-ease of lost self, Tara helps clients to navigate the painful and difficult journey back to themselves and to wholeness.

Tara completed her 200-hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training and Inquiry Life Coaching Certification with Meadow DeVor at Yoga Church in San Luis Obispo, CA and is a certified Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) Leader and is in long term recovery.

Find out more about Tara at www.taraolearymac.com, on Instagram @ taraolearymac, and on FaceBook @ tara.o.odonovan (you can find her by searching Tara OLeary MacCarthy.) You can also e-mail her @ taraolearymac@gmail.com.


In today’s episode, I talk with Tara O’Leary MacCarthy about finding the courage to leave a high stress career. I know Tara from the Yoga Church life coach/yoga teacher training program we went through last year and while we were in the program, Tara made the huge decision to leave her career as a corporate marketing executive. Throughout the program we all saw Tara go through episodes of debilitating pain and horrible migraines, caused in large part by the stress she was experiencing daily in her high pressure job which she was desperate to leave, but equally terrified of leaving since it was something she had been doing for most of her adult life. When she made the decision to leave her job, all of us in the program were so excited that she had found the courage to make that tough decision and so I was happy to have a chance to talk to Tara and find out more about the process she went through to finally make that life-changing decision and what life has been like for her now that she’s now longer in that job.

As Tara explains, it was hard to put her finger on why her feelings for her job had changed and this was part of the reason the decision to leave was so difficult. She finally came to the conclusion that as she had grown and evolved over the years, the job was just no longer a good fit for her and that she was ready to embark on something new that gave her a sense of purpose and meaning.

This is something that many women experience in mid life today as we search for meaning and seek to discover what our true calling is in life and how we can find a way to make a difference in the world and do something we’re passionate about that brings us joy. In our 20s and 30s most of us are focused on earning a living, providing for our families, and finding our identity through our careers. But as we transition into our 40s and 50s, it becomes increasingly important for us to find fulfillment in other ways. This change in mindset can often be confusing for us and difficult to make sense of, since so much of our identity has been wrapped up in our careers for so many years. I know you’ll enjoy listening to Tara talk about what she went through during this process.

As always, I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below to let me know if you’ve ever gone through a similar journey or are currently trying to figure out how to leave your job and pursue a new career path. Also, I’d love to have you join the brand new FB community I’ve started called The New 30 Community. This is a place we can all come together to share our stories, triumphs and struggles and all you have to do to become part of the community is to click this link thenew30community.  I can’t wait to see you inside!

Thank you so much for listening this week!   Karen

About the author, Karen

Karen Barrett is a life coach and the host of The New 30 Podcast, a weekly show for today's 50-something woman. She lives in Oregon and has 3 kids, ages 26, 19 and 8.


  1. Suzanne on 02/03/2018 at 1:04 AM

    I really enjoyed this story. I am going through my own self discovery and feeling a bit overwhelmed. So much has changed in my life since a divorce. I too hope to find my path and passion again.

    • Karen Barrett on 02/06/2018 at 7:58 AM

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this episode Suzanne. This time in life can be so tough for women as we’re going through so many transitions, especially a major life change such as a divorce. If you’d like to share more about what you’re going through, or if there’s anything I can do to help you, please feel free to e-mail me at karen@new30podcast.com. Thank you so much for sharing!

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