One day I, the a very vocal skeptic, took a coaching course. Just a quick one, an introductory course, and my mind opened a little. Finding new tools to help my staff and my friends and myself to make it through some of the crazy times was a great discovery. Everything looked up.
Then I burned out. At 36 years old I completely burned out. I spent much of the work day fighting tears, my blood pressure suddenly was dangerously high, debilitating migraines coming on every couple of days. I could not make it through a full work week, surely could not sleep more than 2 hours a night. I told my boss that I needed some time, and I went up to Elliot Lake, Ontario, to see my parents, ever the stable energies in my life, and I'm lucky to have them as my life's GPS.
My mom said to me at one point "We think you should come to Elliot Lake. We'll help with your mortgage and bills for a couple of months. Bring the cats here and just relax for a couple of months."
Perhaps it was the threat of having to move back north, or perhaps it was some other trigger that was pulled at that moment, but something said to me at that moment that my job wasn't to burn out and waste away, it was to come back strong and try to make things better and more positive for my staff and my colleagues. I started to look at training options. One of the ideas that came up was Integral Coaching Canada's Associate Coach Certification. I signed up on a whim and had no idea what I was getting into.
After several full time, hour training days, plus apprenticeships with two clients, and more training days in addition to work with my own coach, I learned that coaching is another resource in leading my life as a whole person, mind, body, spirit; friends, family, community; me with myself and for myself, and for others. I started to feel changes in the things that, for 38 years, have been in the driver's seat - troubled self esteem, low self-confidence, staggered creativity, stalled spiritualism...I've learned that there are so many cool things about that driver but that maybe, by asking that driver to sit in the passenger seat for the next half of the trip, I can live a more fulfilled life. And now. Not in my next life (so to speak!).
Contact me today and we'll chat. Something you thought was 'who you are' may just be ready for a break.