What is a Life Coach, and why would I want one?

If you were to ask me this question four years ago, I would say that a Life Coach is someone who coaches you on your life.

But what does this really mean?

There are so many things that we want to accomplish in our lifetime. So how do we stay organized and accomplish them?  A lot of times we think “what if?” Or, “these type of things will never happen for me.” We start doubting ourselves from accomplishing what we think is impossible. As we grow older we get more and more comfortable in our lives. We have more fears. We get discouraged. We start talking ourselves out of things much faster.

Do you remember when you were a kid, when you played freely? When you laughed uncontrollably? Do you remember that time that you fell off of the monkey bars, or fell off of your bicycle? Did you get back up and try again? Can you identify a time when you stopped playing?  What happened from then to now?

Are you living the life that you want? And if not, what is it that’s stopping you?

So what is coaching?

Coaching involves helping people … transform themselves, their communities, and their world. It involves impacting people’s visions and values as well as helping them reshape their way of being, thinking, and actions. Life coaching can help you with:

  • Learn more about yourself, your skills, and why you think the way that you do.
  • Accomplish things that you never thought were possible.
  • And… see the results!

People that I have coached are now using their gifts and talents, changing their jobs to more satisfying careers, and living their purpose.  Clients are having deeper relationships, meeting new people and now even in committed relationships or married.  After learning more about themselves in my coaching sessions they are experiencing much more stability and happiness in their lives.


Why did I choose to be a Life Coach?

About four years ago I hit a plateau in my career, and in my relationships. After living in Los Angeles, CA, for 10 years I felt completely stuck. I felt lost in my career and in my relationships. It was then that one of my best friends had told me about a personal development workshop called Foundations Weekend Training held by the Wright Foundation of Realization and Human Potential. I must give credit where credit is due, this weekend forever changed my life. It wasn’t until then that I discovered that I have the power to change the results in my life. That things do not have to be the way they were.  I could actually create the life that I’ve always wanted! As I started digging deeper and taking a closer look at myself, I started to see a clearer picture of how I would show up at work, in meetings and with my family and friends. I started asking myself, do I like the results that I am receiving in my life? If I don’t, then what can I do differently? First of all, anyone who ever said taking a look at all of your imperfections was easy, they are flat out lying! I had to be open to receiving coaching from others who were also committed to doing their work.

I moved to Chicago, and within a year and a half I met the love of my life who is now my husband. No joke!  With-in the same year of meeting my husband, we became pregnant, and I gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. Who would have thought that taking control of your life could bring so much joy?  Now just because I have the husband and the baby does not mean that he work is over.  It is always an evolving process.

This work isn’t easy, and it is definitely a commitment. I realize that it is my personal responsibility to continue to learn more about myself and to become the best that I can be. This is why I chose the career of being a Life Coach. Not only am I coaching others to be the best that they can be, I am learning so much about myself while I am coaching.  It’s not about “fixing” others.  Coaching is about holding space, and tracking what is coming up for me when I am with another person.  As a coach, I am here to give another perspective to my client, and how to face your deep and darkest fears.

If you are interested in learning more about the steps that I took and how these steps can help you shift your life, I am happy to discuss further with you.  Please feel free to call the office at (563) 355-7411 to schedule an appointment.

Coaches help people set better goals and then reach those goals … ask their clients to do more than they would have done on their own … help their clients to focus better so as to produce results more quickly … provide clients with tools, support, and structure to accomplish more. — Thomas Leonard — Founder, Coach University and the ICF