Today, Ilana Kosakiewicz is a Kinesiologist, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and Mindfulness Consultant. But until 2016, Ilana had over a decade of work as an accountant, working for large energy corporations.
It sounds like a massive career transition, so I invited Ilana to share with us why and how she did it. I’m so glad she said yes. It’s great for those in career transition or actively planning their next career steps to learn from professionals who have done significant career changes themselves.
If you have ever thought of doing a 180 with your career, taking on an entirely new project, this interview with Ilana is for you. Big career transitions like the one Ilana implemented come with risks and opportunities. It can be scary, and it’s also easy to romanticize what it will look like in the future. Let’s break down Ilana’s experience from the beginning.
Most of the time, people don’t know what they want to do at an early age. Sometimes our experiences would, later on, shape us and help us realize this. This is what happened to Ilana. She was initially an accountant, she loved numbers, and she worked as an accountant for many years. However, over time the work was not enjoyable anymore. She burned out, which hurt her overall health and wellbeing.
Many professionals would be able to relate to this because, at some point, most of us do experience burnout at work. Although that does not mean we need to change careers or jobs, it’s a good time to:
Ilana was already interested in kinesiology before being burnt out at work. Still, when she took some time off to recover, it was the perfect time for her to reflect and realize that what she wanted to do was to be a kinesiologist since it was also part of her healing journey, and she has a passion for it. Not only that, but she wanted to run her own business and transition from corporate to being a business owner.
Ilana believes many of us have lost the intuition to respond to our body’s signals that make us take breaks, stop working, or be physically active. Quite often, if you are working in a corporate environment day in and day out, you are not in sync with your body needs.
The lockdowns may have exacerbated this lack of alignment between mind and body during the COVID pandemic. Ilana says that “a lot of people are still stuck in that fight-flight-freeze mode. They're just in “go” mode. They've just gotten into the habit of going into their office at home and not taking that self-care as seriously as they probably should. I feel like a lot of people through COVID lost their routine and rituals a little bit. The self-care slipped. They just got so overwhelmed with emotions, limiting beliefs, and fear. And what happens when we get into that high cortisol state, that fight-flight state is you don't think properly.”
If you have lost your job and are currently in transition, you may have many stress hormones in your body. If you are currently working and feeling overwhelmed, too busy, unsatisfied, you may have similar stress symptoms. Ilana recommends that we develop healthy boundaries with our work and incorporate self-care practices like meditation and yoga, or just a simple walk, to manage and cope with stress. She is also a fan of meditating and exercising first thing in the morning, as it gets our circadian rhythms going. This ensures your body clock is working well and may even help you sleep better.
It is one thing to put a task in the diary, but it's another thing to take action and actually do it. “If you are a beginner, start with five minutes,” says Ilana. Five minutes of meditation can have a considerable impact on your productivity, your mindset, emotional wellbeing, and your sleep. You can then build up your practice over time. Another easy way to start is following a guided meditation.
Then figure out where you will do your meditation, especially if you’re working from home. Establishing a set place and time will make it real, and with time will also make it part of your daily routine.
The final 10 minutes of the podcast interview is a guided meditation with Ilana, and it is heavenly!
It is essential to take care of our overall well-being to do the best job we can and not burn out. Learning to find your balance between work and other important aspects of your life will help you reach your career goals. Whether you are currently working, looking for a job, or starting a career, it is vital to stick to a routine that will help you stay grounded and enhance your health and wellness because nobody will be able to take care of you better than yourself.
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Ilana Kosakiewicz one of Australia’s leading kinesiologists, energy coaches, and yoga and meditation teachers. She is a wholefood lover, an entrepreneur with a past life spent working in the corporate world as a CPA accountant.
Ilana’s own health journey with chronic fatigue and auto-immune disease taught her that slowing down, finding moments of stillness, living in the now, and listening to your body’s inner wisdom and intuition are not just important – they are essential.
Ilana is passionate about teaching women to live in alignment with their innate cyclical energy, menstrual cycle, and the moon. She helps women shift their energy and take back their inner power and self-care rights by making themselves the number one priority.
Ilana also works with children (& some men) to assist in shifting their essence, energy, and zest so they can live authentic, content, and happy lives.
Originally from Gippsland Australia, Ilana now lives in Bayside Melbourne and spends her days with her clients, teaching yoga and meditation, writing, dancing, cooking in her kitchen, and spending as much time at the beach as she can.
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