When hiring a life coach it’s important to find someone with whom you can connect.
My personal values are centered in freedom, creativity, fun, friendship and family. I love working with people who share these values or are dedicated to bringing more of these values into their lives. I enjoy supporting people in the process of living more from the heart. I truly believe that personal development is ongoing and that we are all a work in progress – it’s one of the most exciting things about being alive. Of course, I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe that together we help each other live more fully and more in-tune with what really matters.
So, how did I get here?
I grew up in a small Central Texas town, but was obsessed with far away places. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t lie on the floor and stare at maps. I remember whirling the globe, my finger hovering, my eyes closed, until whish! – my finger landed on some far off land. I was blessed to always have many people in my life who supported that sense of adventure. I wasn’t the bravest child, but when faced with unending freedom out there in the world, I found ways to summon my courage. At the age of 14 I went abroad (on a school trip) for the first time. There was no looking back.
No matter where I’ve called home, from Sevilla to Antananarivo, from Santo Domingo to Tokyo, living a globally mobile life is, and always has been, a big part of what makes me, Me. And six international moves after that first trip in 1991, I can definitely say a life lived in the space between home and away is my normal.
Like everyone, growing into my identity and figuring out what I wanted out of life came with a certain degree of floundering. There were even times where, despite living an upbeat life with international work and travel, I felt like something was missing. I felt torn between the desire to go somewhere and a creeping anxiety that told me the only way to be happy might be to stay put.
In my twenties, I was especially plagued by the notions of what I was “supposed” to be doing. Little by little (and perhaps with the perspective that marriage and children seem to bring) I began to see that my life could be a balance between freedom and stability. I began to live more from the heart. I began to say yes more… even when it scared me.
And now, each day, I live from that place and I can’t imagine a better place to be. And nothing brings me greater professional joy then supporting others as they access that same level of depth and perspective in their own lives.
My story explains who I am as a coach. It’s intended to help you know me better and to make an informed decision as you begin your coaching journey. It should resonate with you somehow, but it need not define who you are as a coachee. I support you in accessing your worldview, your perspective, and who you are within the context of where you come from and where you intend to go. You will feel inspired by the work we do. And trust me – I’ll totally feel inspired by you!
Read even more of my story and what inspired me to become a coach in my interview on the Where Can I Live blog.
To learn more about my professional background click here.