I was coaching before there was coaching. In high school, I was the gal people would seek out when they were looking for a word of advice or a perspective on their boy/girlfriend situation.
Many years later as a homeschool mom and parent of an ADHDer, I found the same thing happening. Moms would obtain my phone number and give me jingle looking for encouragement.
Of course, it helps that I’ve been a freelance writer. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines over the years on a variety of topics but have mostly focused on family, parenting and homeschooling.
This means I’ve had my nose in books. A lot of books. I guess I’m a bit of a nerd. I love reading books on psychology, neurology, personal growth, spiritual topics, and a few novels tossed in here and there.
While my nursing background (Helena College, 1990) and other formal education (in which I distinguished myself by dropping out of several universities), have been helpful, it is my voracious reading that has educated me the most.
After learning about Life Coaching as a career in 2008 I realized it was a perfect fit for me. I took a course and gained certification with a small organization. But I still lacked the confidence to move forward.
In the meanwhile, I’ve been working as a professional organizer. From helping folks downsize to getting organized after a move, I found my work, more often than not, much deeper than unpacking a box or filling a dumpster.
As I listened to client stories and the stories behind the stories, I grew to realize that it was the inner clutter that brought suffering. Emotional clutter like broken dreams, relationships and the retail therapy coping mechanisms. And lots of feeling STUCK.
I began calling it Sacred Clutter. This is the stuff you don’t just merrily pitch and move forward. It needs to be honored and questioned for any lessons it may hold. It must be processed. Only then can the space be cleared for intentional living – for Life Uncluttered.
For me, dealing with my Sacred Clutter has brought healing from chronic headaches, anxiety and more fibromyalgia related symptoms.
Once again, I realized that Life Coaching was tapping me on the shoulder. It is my calling.
Presently, I am completing the course work and required 100 coaching hours to earn my credentials as an Associate Certified Coach with International Coaching Federation (ICF). It is a rigorous program and I am beyond excited about the practical tools I am learning to be a top-notched Life Coach.
Together with the inner work I’ve done through the years, I am eager and ready to lovingly serve others who are ready to move forward in their journey and find Life Uncluttered.
On a more personal note, Jay and I have been married for 28 years. We have three extraordinary young adult children and love watching their journeys unfold.
When I’m not reading, I love Zumba, being in nature and playing the piano. I enjoy baking too – my espresso bars have been known to make people swoon.
If you’re standing in front of me long enough, I’ll probably ask to hear your story. And if you’re interested, I’ll tell you mine. I’m sure we’ll find we have some things in common.
And if you’re still with me on this lengthy monologue –
I’m available to speak on Life Uncluttered to your group, coffee klatch or an Andrea Bocelli meet up. (Psssst, I still have lots of encouraging things to say on homeschooling and ADHD too.)
My contact info is here.