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The Coach

Passionate About Inspiring AUTHENTIC Change in Others

As a life transition coach, I firmly support and partner with people to recreate their lives in a more authentic, adventurous way after a major life change.  Some common transitions include:

 

  • Growing up and moving away from home

  • Ending an unhealthy significant relationship

  • Changing career or becoming a entrepreneur

  • Becoming a new parent

  • Divorce or separation

  • Entering retirement

  • Death of a loved one

  • Addiction recovery (at least one year sober)

  • After working all 12 steps of a recovery program

  • Life threatening illness or injury of yourself or a loved one

  • Termination of effective therapy

  • Acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity

  • A significant shift in spiritual or religious beliefs

  • Questioning of life’s meaning or purpose

Transitions in life are stressful.  Even ones that are perceived as positive bring up a plethora of emotions including fear and self doubt.  Sometimes, the number of possibilities seem overwhelming or not enough, and we get stuck.  As your coach, I will believe in your abilities when you may doubt.  I will energize you when you may want to play small.  I firmly believe, you are creative, resourceful and whole.  Through questioning, I will challenge you to be in action, support you through accountability and assist you to learn from any mistakes so you are better equipped.  Together we will explore what is deeply important to you, so you make plans and take actions that not only lead to your desired results but also reflect your values.

If you are ready to move forward in creating something new in your life while still learning from the path you have taken so far, it's the perfect time to gain my support as your coach.

In my professional life, I started in nonprofits and successfully shifted to being self employed as an entrepreneur (a move many in the helping fields wish they can make and never do).  I've created 5 amazing businesses (you can still find Philly Cupcake/Pupcake on Facebook and Instagram).  I have confronted the challenges of start up, setting goals, raising capital, developing effective systems and processes, negotiating contracts, hiring/firing/growing staff and managing finances.

 

In my personal life, I've left unhealthy relationships and replaced them with satisfying, functional ones.  I've experienced many different cultures by living in several places, traveling the world and maintaining diverse friendships.  I've confronted the challenges of losing weight, building fitness and wellness into my life and valuing self care.  I've worked the steps of recovery (a continuing process) and, having had a spiritual awakening, I now experience the freedom of emotional sobriety one day at a time.  I have lived a full life of taking risks, making mistakes and learning from them.

 

I took responsibility and did the work to change my internal world.  The results in the external world have followed.  It has taken countless small actions, a few big ones and the loving support of others, but it has been totally worth it. 

 

This is a continuing process because I'm not dead yet, and of course, I'm still human.  My life is not all rainbows and daisies, but I can honestly say, I LOVE MY LIFE.

Fully engaging in the process wears away all that doesn’t matter leaving the possibility of knowing and accepting our true selves.  Out of this center, decisions and actions can be taken that lead to a truly fulfilling life.  It starts with you identifying one thing in your life that you want to change or one goal you want to accomplish.  This is a path I can help you learn how to take more effectively.  While I have some universal suggestions on how humans function (based on research), the actions you take must necessarily be individually yours and fit in your life.

A few things learned along the way: 

  • Struggle and some pain is necessary for growth, however, long suffering is optional.

  • Anything worth doing can be broken into smaller attainable steps.

  • Gratitude is not just an attitude, it is a daily key habit for satisfaction in life.

  • Everything cannot be controlled, but there are some key things that can which makes all the difference. 

  • Action is always more important than certainty for success at anything.

  • Amazing things happen when we show up for what we've committed to.

  • There is always more to learn, and knowing the right answers is often replaced by asking the right questions.

  • Finally, when healing is needed, it occurs when we embrace with love and forgiveness that which we push away.

 Let's discuss how we can work together to get you to your next steps.  Schedule an initial conversation.

Degrees/Certifications
  • Masters in Counseling Psychology

  • Certified Professional Life Coach

  • Enrolled student, International Coach Academy actively working towards IFC coach certification.

Influences
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychology

  • Neuroscience

  • Positive Psychology

  • Deep Coaching including spirituality 

  • Recovery based models