In my twenties, I was on track to fulfill all the obligations of being a woman in this society: engaged to be married, great job, graduate degree education, wanted to have kids. Society was happy for me, and that ring on my finger was the icing on the cake.

The problem? I didn’t like the job, and I was wildly uncertain about the prospect of getting married, even though I’d said yes to the proposal.

Over the span of a year, I lost my rib (it was taken out of my body through emergency surgery), I lost my fiancé, and I found myself in completely new territory.

What happens after the fairy-tale ending? In most books, my engagement would have been the happily-ever-after. Here, I had a new lease on life, and finally, slowly, started listening to myself and what I wanted, instead.

Now, ten years later, I’m sharing some of these stories. It’s been a wild ride, and a slow one. One that launched my entrepreneurship ventures, moved me to New York City, took me to yoga teacher training, into startup land, and to building Startup Pregnant.

This week, I shared some of the backstory with Jeff Riddle on the Transcend Podcast. Take a listen:

When it’s too noisy to hear yourself — Episode 4 of the Transcend Podcast.