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Lady, you and me, we shop at the same store. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt (far too many T-shirts frankly. I need to “Marie Kondo” my closet!)
I have had my own “stuff” to deal with over the years. Once I turned 40 it was almost like a switch went off in my head. The life I was leading was more about pleasing and caring for other people than it was about prioritizing myself – my dreams and hopes. It was time to put myself first.
I have suffered through the caring for and subsequent loss of both of my parents, gotten divorced, moved through different jobs and have re-built my life, from what felt like, the ground up.
My personal challenges were really hard. My work challenges were equally hard. Moving into what people refer to as “midlife” – also hard!
Realizing that you are not that 20 something gal anymore, and wondering what is next for you takes some figuring out.
But, there was life on the other side of change. So much LIFE!
I started to work on it – sorted through the hard stuff, tried to figure out the questions I had about why certain things had happened to me. I worked at it and slowly, but surely, I made it to the other side.
I figured out who I was again, because I had become lost to myself. I learned what I was passionate about, who I wanted around me, and my life’s purpose (that was a big one!)
Now, I am past it and I have completely embraced the gal I found on the other side. I like myself again – no, scratch that – I love myself, who I am now as a woman in her totality and I want that for you.
I know what it is like to…
- be living a life going through big changes
- be at a crossroads, wondering which direction to take
- be mentally exhausted, overwhelmed and frustrated
- face grief and loss and wonder what’s on the other side of it
- forget who you are, or even know who you want to be
- feel stuck
- feel minimized
- feel like an imposter
- live a life concerned about what other people think
- want to throw away the rule book
- fight your way back
- face the fear
- heal your shit
- learn and grow
- slowly make small shifts that can change your life for the better
I know what it is like and I faced every one of those challenges, one step at a time. Rome was not built in a day, and like anything worth your while, slow and steady will win the race.
Here is the kicker – once you start to take those steps, wonderful things start to happen. The scenery gets better, the baggage you have been hauling around drops away and you start to see the amazing path you are now on more clearly. You are on your way to where you want to go. You are no longer stuck in the same old, same old. Bring it on sista!
Why am I the person to help you?
Not only do I have life experiences like the ones you are facing, I learned how to handle whatever situation comes up for me, in a way that feels true to my values and who I am as a human being on this planet.
I took back control over everything and I worked through the crap that was holding me back from leading a more personally fulfilling life with the help of some awesome coaches of my own.
I can help you do the same thing.
How I got here and the creds
I have always had an interest in people and what makes them tick so it made perfect sense for me to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology to learn as much as I could. Combine that with being the type of person that people naturally turn to when they need someone to help them work through their stuff made becoming a life coach a no brainer for me.
I followed my passion and became a certified life coach because I love helping women get past their junk and fully embrace living life on their terms. I’ve even got the certificates to show for it from the Certified Coaches Federation and The Courageous Living Coach Certification! Boo Ya!
Believe it or not, I did not start out as a life coach!
I successfully moved into this profession after 30 years in the corporate world, most recently at Microsoft as a Senior Audience Marketing Manager, with a direct customer focus. My career has been varied, but always anchored on one primary thing – helping people accomplish what they need to, enabling them to succeed.
I completely understand the corporate world, what makes it tick. I also get the tech world and all that comes with it. As women, we face a lot of challenges in the work place, too many to number here. I know I have personally faced situations that made me really dig in so I could re-align with my core values and I am willing to bet you have as well. Or maybe this is where you want some guidance.
After many years chasing the corporate 9-5 and living my life quarter by quarter, I am happily embracing my new career and I am finally doing what I am meant to be doing. I will never claim to know all the answers, but I can promise that I will help you gain the clarity you need to take the steps forward for you to change your life for the better.
All that with a dash of humour to keep sanity front and centre!
On a more personal note
I am an introvert at heart, loving cozy time hunkered down with a great book (historical fiction and crime novels are a fav!) and a cuppa tea. As a little girl, my teachers used the word “conscientious” to describe me all the time and I would hazard a guess that the word is still very much applicable to who I am today. I love to binge watch shows on Netflix, dance around to 70’s rock, hop on a mat and do Yoga/Pilates, or you can find me in the great outdoors connecting with Mother Earth so I can ground and reconnect with what really matters. I am a knitter, but confess that it can take me years to actually complete a sweater (so maybe not that conscientious!)
There is a wee bit of the Woo in me as well. I have been known to really tap into my intuition and I’ll dial it up when I feel the need. I also love to pull Oracle cards to see what messages may come up that I can sink into. I love Kuan Yin (she is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion) and I have statues of her all over my house. There is something about her gentle presence that brings me serenity, joy and into clear alignment with what matters most to me.