Hi! I’m Pace Smith, the Pathfinding Coach. I help sensitive spiritual nonconformists live wild, crazy, meaningful lives. If you’re looking for an official-sounding bio, click here. Otherwise, keep reading for the neighborly version!
I’m also an Enneagram podcaster, a teacher, a speaker, a writer, a Sufi dervish, a bi poly trans gamer geek, an open-source Reiki healer, and a tournament-level Dance Dance Revolution player. I dyed my hair purple the day I quit my day job, and I love it every minute, even (especially?) after the purple has faded to pink.
My wife Kyeli and I live in Lansing, Michigan. Kyeli is a photographer, a poet, a teacher, a writer, a self-love advocate, a spiritual leader, and a pretty totally amazing person (in my completely unbiased opinion). She and I often co-teach classes, collaborate on projects, and rock out to chiptunes together.
It’s the autumn of 2009, and I’m sitting in my office, sweating. I’m waiting to talk to my boss to give my notice. My hands shake as I think back on my life story so far. It goes a little something like this:
Pace Smith: A Biography
Pace Smith grew up, went to college, and graduated with a degree in Logic & Computation and a double major in Computer Science.
She applied for her dream job as an Artificial Intelligence programmer, and got the job.
For 13 years, she worked with intelligent, quirky, fun people, some of whom became her friends.
She made gobs of money, took pride in her work, and became respected in her field.
And then one day, she threw it all away.
What the fuck, Pace?! What were you thinking?
Don’t look at me, I’m just the biographer! I certainly don’t know what she was thinking. You know what? Let’s just stop this story right here before it gets any worse.
I sit up in my desk chair, I emerge from my fourth-wall-breaking reverie, and I take a deep breath. I ask myself, “What am I really throwing away?”
“What am I really throwing away?”
Am I throwing away my skills? Yes. I’m choosing a path on which LISP programming will be useless to me.
Am I throwing away my talents? No. My skills were rooted in my talent of excavating truth, of seeing how different pieces fit together. I’ll use that same talent to develop new skills – the skills of teaching and Pathfinding coaching.
Am I throwing away my passions? No. My passion for artificial intelligence has already faded; it threw itself away. Now I’m being swept away by new passions of entrepreneurship, writing, teaching, speaking, healing, and coaching.
Am I throwing away my calling? HELL NO. I’m throwing away my skills so that I can follow my heart, so that I can find my path, so that I can accept my calling.
Pace Smith: A Biography (2nd edition)
Pace Smith grew up, went to college, and learned to solve problems.
She applied for her dream problem-solving job, and got the job.
For 13 years, she worked with intelligent, quirky, fun problem-solvers, some of whom became her friends.
She solved thousands of problems, made gobs of money, and became respected in her field.
And then one day, she helped heal someone’s heart.
One day, she realized that there are things in this life that are so much more than problems to be solved.
One day, remaining tight in a bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
One day, she let go of everything from her old life so that she could be free to follow her heart.
…and she lived wildly, crazily, meaningfully ever after.
But before I could find the courage to follow my heart,
I had to break through some dangerous myths.
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