How long have you been coaching and how did you get to be an expert in Life Transitions?
In some ways I have been coaching my entire life. A high school friend called me, out of the blue, and asked if I had ever considered coaching. I laughed, because at the time I was in coach training and asked why she wanted to know. She said I had coached her when we were 17 years old and that I was right. She called to encourage me to use this gift to help others. I viewed that exchange as confirmation that I was on the right path.
After many years as a clinical monitor and corporate trainer and manager, I became a stay-at-home mom of our adopted Chinese daughter, Rebecca. Motherhood brought about the most significant emotional and spiritual healing of my life. I came to terms with my abusive past and attacked the haunting images with a vengeance so the cycle of abuse would end with me. In this process, I recovered from sugar addiction and compulsive eating and I continue daily recovery practices to ensure I maintain a constant connection to God.
It was probably my family of origin experience that prompted me to study healthy, normal human development in graduate school. I wanted to know what “normal” was. My area of study included adolescence through adulthood and aging. I already had concentrated education in Gerontology as an undergrad, so it seemed only natural to study retirement and life satisfaction as a thesis topic.
I also developed a love for service and non-profit boards during this time. I have served almost 20 years collectively on two different boards. I have served in various officer positions including chairperson. I continue to volunteer on one board and do contract work for other agencies. I plan and facilitate board retreats/meetings for a reasonable fee as part of my business. It has been a great way to use my corporate experience to benefit the private sector.
I am a certified and accredited professional coach and a very active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).