A few years ago, with one of my daughters in college and the other a senior in high school, I found myself a little lost. Although my children were blooming into amazing women, they no longer needed me like they used to. I felt like I was rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, just waiting for someone to ask for my help with something. Anything.
I knew this feeling would only get worse. So I decided to go back to school for a master's degree in conflict management. The negative voices in my head started immediately with "Am I smart enough?" "I'm not good at the technology stuff." "I need to be available to my family."
Instead of listening to the negative voices, I moved forward with my degree and the outcome was more than I could have dreamed! I became deeply engaged in my coursework and began learning new skills (including technology). I had a lot more to talk about with my husband and friends, and became more engaged in the community. More importantly, I realized the significance of being a positive role model for my girls, demonstrating that even though new things are scary, we should do them anyway.
During my graduate program, I was introduced to coaching. I loved the idea of having someone to talk with who would really listen and help you figure out your next steps. It is now my life's purpose to fill this role for my clients because I've been there. I want you to live a fulfilled life of your choosing.
Life transitions are inevitable whether the change is your choice or not. Many times, the outcome is swayed by how you approach it. I believe people are resourceful, creative and whole, and capable of solving their own situations. Just like an athlete would hire a coach to reach their goals, personal coaches can provide the same support for whatever goal you have your heart set on.