Catherine Hajnal – Careerjoy Certified Career & Resume Coach

Catherine was a tenured business school university professor – outwardly successful, inwardly unhappy.  She lived with chronic back pain that eventually became so loud it forced her to stop and take stock.  She quit without knowing what would come next.  What she has since discovered is that she is meant to be a teacher.  Ironically she already was one; she just needed to be a different kind of teacher with a different set of topics.  And she needed to discover some things about herself first.  Her curriculum is now life and all that entails.  She is passionate about helping people connect with their passions and live full lives.


“If only I could … I’d be the happiest person alive”

…truly let the Laws of the Universe sink in and be applied in my life…

Top 5 favorite movies?

I stopped identifying favorites years ago in all kinds of categories.  First, I like way too many things/places/foods/movies/etc. to pick favorites.  Second, every new experience brought something new into my world so ‘a favorite’ never seemed to last very long anyway.  I mean mango gelato was a favorite and then I tried coconut – a favorite, and then I tried pistachio – a favorite, and then…see what I mean?

If you could be a character from Star Wars, who would you be and why?

George Lucas – innovation and creativity master, lifetime achievement, a person who found and followed passion.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a hot summer day?

Another favorite question – can’t pick again – too many things I like to do – friends, bbqs, beach, shade, camp, vacation, swinging in a hammock, partaking in an outdoor pool, …

What’s your most endearing quality?

That I can’t pick a favorite!  In all seriousness – most endearing quality – that I care.

What’s one of the most daring things you’ve done?

Didn’t feel that way to me at the time – still doesn’t – but everyone else tells me it’s brave – quit my tenured academic position without knowing what would come next.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When I see in myself and others the tendency to play small and not let our light shine!

Under what conditions would you shave your head bald?”

To support a friend.

What’s your idea of a great vacation?

Relaxing.  Adventure.  Family and/or friends.  Good food.  Outdoor possibilities.  Exploring/learning.  Rest.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever had for breakfast?

Dinner.  I’m a huge fan of leftovers for breakfast.

What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

Cucumbers.  (I’m boycotting favorite questions!)