Back in April I received an email from a total stranger. She had come across my blog post on Creativity and Career and decided to reach out to me. Her name was Katie and she was studying at the Beautiful You Coaching Academy to become a life coach. In order to graduate she need to coach three clients pro-bono and after reading my post she wondered if I’d be interested in giving life coaching a go. I jumped at the chance. I’d always been interested in life coaching and was curious to see what I would get out of it. Last week was my final session with Katie and I’ve since had a few people ask me what it was like so I thought I would share my experience with you all and offer you all the chance to give it a go too (stay tuned for that bit at the end).
So, once I agreed to work with Katie I completed a personalised survey and answered a few questions which gave us somewhere to start. From there, we worked on setting some main goals that I wanted to work on. I managed to settle on two main goals:
- Practice self care so I feel the most energised I can and
- Nurture my creativity and create a clear strategy for my blog and freelance writing.
Over the next three months Katie and I caught up via Skype every two weeks. We would begin each session by looking at those two main goals and then breaking them down into small, manageable steps that I could action over the following fortnight. I found the whole process really helpful. Katie was so easy to talk to and I felt she really understood where I was coming from. Knowing that I would be speaking to her every two weeks gave me some accountability; I knew she would be following up how I went with the actions I had set and so that gave me the extra motivation to actually do it! A lot of it was about exploring and seeing what worked best for me; some things worked, some things didn’t; we were able to recognise that and change things up when needed. We did a lot of work; from meal planning and trying different exercise regimes to mind mapping and developing a writing plan; we fit a lot into the six sessions!
So how did I feel at the end of it? What did I actually get out of it? Well, at the end of the six sessions I feel as though I am now so much clearer about everything; what I want and what I don’t, where my priorities lie and what’s important to me. In our final session we reflected on my journey and Katie pointed out that she thought I had a real turning point at about week three and I total agree. It was when this happened. I suddenly had several different opportunities come my way. One was quite a big opportunity that in the past I probably would’ve just said yes to (because I have this problem with saying no). But this time, because I was becoming clearer about what I wanted, I said no. I followed my gut instincts and I found the confidence to say no and it ended up being totally the right decision. Because here’s the biggest thing I discovered through my life coaching experience; when you say no to the things you don’t really want to do it leaves space to say yes to the things that you really do. Seems simple doesn’t it? But sometimes it takes some work to figure out exactly what it is that you do want to do!
So right now, I’m in a really good place. I’m doing work that I love, I’ve had a few articles published and have actually started to get paid for my writing (a dream I’ve held for a very long time). I’ve got lots of exciting things going on and even better things planned for the future. So yes, life coaching was totally worth it and I will continue putting in place the things I learnt from it.
Now, for the exciting part. Katie has just launched her very own coaching business. Katie has a background in PR so she is going to be focusing on working with entrepreneurs and business owners in this area. Here’s a bit about it:
Although Katie is specialising in PR Coaching she has graciously offered to open up some spaces in her life coaching series to any of my readers who
may be interested. Katie will be offering this at a special introductory rate of $250 a month (two sessions a month) totalling $750 for the six part series. If you’re interested you can email Katie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org I’d really encourage anyone who is considering life coaching to get in contact with Katie and give it a go!
Have you ever considered life coaching?