My name is Christine, I am a Life Coach and a Creative Leader
Before I got started as a Coach, I was coached. I needed a Life Coach. I was all over the place and unfocused. I knew I was smart, creative and an incredible out of the box thinker, but I never could pull it all together in an area I loved and had passion for. I was always trying to support our family by working hard at what ever came across my plate. I put my family first before my needs. I was always trying to keep up with all the changes and not really looking ahead.
I was raised with the mentality that having a good education and working hard were the only keys to success In life. I was so wrong! I went to Great Schools, received my Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy. I traveled the world and explored cultures and joined the Peace Corps in Paraguay. I worked as a successful therapist, childcare director, non-profit consultant, and I ventured as an entrepreneur in the restaurant business arena, and I worked very hard. In fact, I worked too hard for 14 years, owning and operating my own businesses.
I felt as if I was successful, but something inside me was not right. My stress level was very high, and I ended up sick, overweight, depressed and not satisfied with my life. Even worse, since I was working so often, I missed precious moments in my children’s life, even though my goals were to take care of them and spend time with them. My back was against the wall. I was feeling trapped. I had so many talents and ideas, but I could not go anyplace because my mind and life were cluttered.
I needed help, I needed support, I needed a plan. I knew deep down that I could be successful at something that I loved. I new I had the strength to do something that I loved. I was educated, creative and smart. I knew I needed some help, but how and where? It was at this time I opened myself up. It was at this point I found a Life Coach of my own, who was in my corner. It was then I began to see life differently and opportunities that I loved were approachable and possible.
The first thing I noticed was that I had someone on my side cheering for me. Helping me reach my goals and helping me take the steps to accomplish what I wanted and needed. My coach gave me space and time to think through my challenges and options. I had lost direction and my coach helped me focus by giving me effective exercises to help me identify what I would like to have, be and do. My coach helped me make plans and helped me stick to them. I was held accountable. My life began to change one step at a time. The changes started out small with things like giving myself permission not to bake homemade bread every week like my mother. Walking through the house and getting rid of things I didn’t like or want to see.
I did not know it at the time, but with each step, each change I was making, I was clearing a path for my brilliance to shine. I was getting rid of the clutter in my head, my house and my surroundings. I was letting go of things that I did not need anymore. I was breathing better. I was moving ahead.
Since then, since the beginning of my small changes, the clearing of my clutter I began to see again what I loved. Why I went to school for Expressive Therapy and I began to follow my passion again for Expressive Arts and to work with people. I started painting again. I began to take classes in different creative mediums. I became a Life Coach.
The Best part is that I found the other key to success in Life. I found that it is important to do what you love, and love what you do. Find your passion and live it. When you give yourself permission to do this, you are happy and everyone around you is happy. It is true that “When Mamma is happy, everyone is happy!”
Now I share my passion of life through coaching. Knowing that people do not need to stay stuck where they are in life. There are so many options out there in the world. It was a journey. Though, I would do it all over again. I am who I am because of what I have done. But it’s my own life journey that makes me passionate about helping clients get unstuck and get through whatever they are going through to find their way home – to the life they are meant to live, one of happiness and success.
If you would like to know more about how you can make a change and do what you love, I invite you to Get Started.