My first memory of guiding someone through a life issue was back in 5th grade when I told my BFF not to wear her brown clogs with a pink satin runner’s jacket.
Okay, I jest, sort of… In all seriousness though, for years, my friends, family and random acquaintances have come to me for “counsel” (I stopped giving fashion advice long, long ago.) We’re talking the Big Stuff = their relationships, or lack thereof, their jobs, their friendships, spirituality, you name it. Helping these peeps lit me up like nothing else ever has, with the exception of writing.
I stumbled around for eons doing “my thing” without really realizing it – in corporate America, at a mental health agency, behind a bar top while wearing chaps, and as a Virtual Assistant to Powerful Women (& a Few Kick-Ass Men) where I spent a lot more time coaching than I did scheduling newsletters and managing product launches.
And then I was invited to Martha Beck’s ranch in California in 2012 for a sneak preview of a program I was helping to roll out for physicians with Dr. Lissa Rankin. I spent two days with Lissa, Martha, Bridgette Boudreau and Koelle Simpson being coached, whispering to horses, experiencing my first body energy work and having my dreams analyzed.
This experience turned my life upside down in Such. A. Beautiful. Way. (Okay, twasn’t all beautiful, folks. I did spend a number of hours cross-legged, curled up and crying in the middle of a round pen full of horse droppings – a necessary breakdown to my breakthrough.)
Needless to say, my nomadic self had come home. There was a name for what I’d been doing for all these years: Life Coaching. And I was given a beautiful descriptor for myself that I’d never had before: Empath.
I enrolled in Martha Beck’s Life Coach Training and the rest, as they say, is history.