Both involved taking huge leaps of faith and following my gut in spite of some deeply rooted fears.
The first was when I decided to start speaking up for myself (and you can read more about that here).
The second was when I decided to live the life that I wanted to live, instead of living the life that I thought I should live.
I vividly recall devouring every self-help book I could get my hands on, searching for… well… something that would help me make sense of this world and how to “be” in it.
And then I came across Martha Beck’s Steering by Starlight.
It stopped me dead in my tracks.
Martha’s brilliant work provided me with a clear map for making it through life’s ups and down, a process for kicking self-doubt to the curb, and a foolproof way to get back to the true course of my life… to name but a few things.
It was because of this that I took another giant leap of faith and enrolled in her life coach training program.
This was a financial stretch… but I enrolled for me and I was ready to make that type of an investment in myself.
I wasn’t expecting to become a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach.
I just knew that I had to learn more about how to use her life coaching tools on myself.
They worked in a way that was different than anything else I had tried – pure simplicity and genius wrapped up in a bundle of fun.
Then I realized that the only reason I felt as equipped as I did to deal with life’s speed bumps was because of what I learned through her program.
And I wanted to be able to share these tools with wonderful people like you… so that you too can experience less stress and more joy on this crazy roller-coaster of a ride that we call life.
You see, my ultimate goal (or my “why?”) is to help people evolve to the next level of their lives with more clarity, comfort, and ease so that they can go out into the world and continue the ripple effect of having a positive impact on more people.
This is how I believe that we, as the human race, will evolve to become wiser, more compassionate, and move loving. Seriously… I think that far ahead and I am that kumbaya… with, of course, one foot solidly grounded in the reality that this takes time and I am but a drop in the proverbial bucket.
So I took yet another big leap of faith and decided to take the Martha Beck Life Coach certification test.
Self-doubt reared its ugly head once again: “You can’t do this… who do you think you are?” it snickered at me.
Partly in jest and partly because I really needed to break free of those particular painful beliefs, I think I used those exact thoughts for the thought-work exercise portion of the certification test (which I passed several years ago).
I haven’t written much about my life coaching work, mainly because it’s so ingrained in me that I use it almost “subconsciously” with myself and my clients.
I feel both privileged and a sense of deep gratitude to have an understanding of how to make it through big changes in life.
I know the road will be bumpy, but I have a map of the terrain… and this has helped me move through everything from a cancer diagnosis several years ago (all clear now :)), to changes in relationships, to quitting my job… in a way that has people repeatedly saying to me, “You’re so courageous.”
Those words usually don’t resonate, but I appreciate the sentiment.
You see, once you start to reconnect with your true self, following any course of action other than where it wants to lead you feels like the much bigger risk.
I see so many people struggling with disconnection in this area… feeling burnt-out, demotivated, or just plain out of sorts and not really understanding why they’re unhappy.
And this is one of the many reasons why I’ve added a new life coaching package to my offerings.
I know that if I can help more people navigate the terrain of their lives with greater clarity, comfort, and ease, the world will be a better place.
But my personal goals aside… if you happen to be in a period of transition, please do yourself a huge favour and check out this article by Martha: Growing Wings: The Power of Change.
Contact me to find out more about my life coaching package. Whether you’re looking to embark upon a different career path, figure out how to grow in your current role, or just plain show up differently in your life… I think can help… let’s chat and find out :)
Wishing you happy trails!