Happy Monday! How was your weekend?
I spent most of my weekend doing self-care, decluttering and gaining more clarity what direction I want to go next. Let’s just say its about stepping into my own space and really listening into the calling to take action. More will be revealed…
Today we got a fun interview with a friend and fellow #ThriveHiver.
I hope you enjoy it!
In 2010 I went and got my life coaching certification. A lot of people in my class worked in Human Resources or were past CEO’s, VP’s and there I was a multi-passionate 20 something. In school we learned the theory/science behind coaching not actually how to market ourselves or build your own business. So when I worked in the corporate world I really had no idea what I was doing, the only thing I knew for sure was that I was really good at helping people when they felt stuck. I started to notice how I felt very different from when I was doing things because I “had” to and doing things because I wanted to. I knew life coaching was right for me I just didn’t know how I fit in. Needless to say the word life coach still makes me cringe a bit because I think back to corporate days, so I prefer to call myself a friend with ‘life changing’ benefits.
You climbed Mt Kilimanjaro earlier this year, what was the experience like?
Life changing! It got me back into coaching and it grounded me back into what’s important to me. My book that’s coming out before the end of the year is all about my trek up and the lessons I learned.
Any AHA moments at the summit?
That climbing a mountain is just like a coaching relationship. When people come to me for life coaching they are stuck on the side of a mountain. I help people realize that they are in fact not stuck and then we make a decision to go back down or summit the mountain. I never saw the coaching relationship this way, I tried to do what everyone else was doing and it wasn’t working for me. As soon as, this clicked for me I knew where I fit into coaching.
When we finally got to the UHURU Peak sign 19, 341 feet in the air, the guides looked at me the way I look at my clients. Anything is possible when you believe in yourself! The mind is a powerful beast, that’s why having the guides (a coach, someone who doesn’t let you settle for mediocrity) can be the difference between you making it to the top or not.
Your mantra/tagline is “Take the Suck out Success”, tell us a little how it came about and what does it mean?
Traditional success is top level job, lots of money and fancy things to show off your success. In short money and power. If that is all you focus on you will never achieve authentic success – living a fulfilled, purposeful, healthy life.
When you focus on mastering your mind, taking care of your health, creating freedom and adventure, money and power will follow. But when you only focus on money and power stress, illness, broken heart, lost love and regrets follow.
When I discovered that I could coach the way I wanted to and I could help people live fulfilled, purposeful, healthy lives I realized I was helping people take the suck out of success.
How do you deal with overwhelm and self-doubt?
I have had many physical health reactions to stress, overwhelm and self-doubt. This past January I had a run in with shingles, it was an obvious sign that letting those feelings over take me wasn’t helping me. So when I feel myself losing control I use tools that work for me like exercising, going for walks, I make a list of truths (what I know to be true – like I am loved, my business is doing well), I make a priority list then pick one thing and focus on that and I read books that add value to my life.
What advice would you give to women who crave living a richer/full life?
Pick one thing that you could do today to make your life feel richer and more full and start doing it. Rich and full are feelings, get out of your head and get out into the world to bring those feelings into your life. The more action you take the more the universe will give back to you. Truth is you are living a rich and full life you just want to make it more so – be brave and go after what you really want.
What are your go to self-care tools and experiences that restores you to your best self?
Getting out of my comfort zone and conquering Kilimanjaro actually restored me to my best self. I physically slugged through negative junk in my mind to get to the powerful, enlightening stuff.
As you can see I love taking action. Friends, baths, walks, reading, eating healthy and travel are also things that help keep me grounded and grateful.
What inspires you to continue living a life you love each day?
Knowing that anything is possible and seeing people achieve things that matter to them. I absolutely love being a friend with ‘life changing’ benefits!