In 1997, I was living below the poverty line. My job was only giving me part time hours and I had such low self esteem that I didn’t know what else to do. In 1998 I began studying personal development and later that year set a goal to go back to school and get my University degree. I took my first classes in 1998 and continued part time for many years. I started working through a temp agency and eventually got a full time job. School had to be balanced with being separated, having 2 children and a full time job. I was blessed in 2000 when I met my future husband and in 2003 we were married. Throughout this time I continued to study how the greats had achieved success and over time I began to overcome many obstacles in my own life. I had two more children and postponed my education for a couple years. As our family grew larger it also grew closer as we overcame the challenges of work, school, babies, toddlers and teenagers all living in the same house and the never ending list of things to do just to get through the week. My last two years, I was ready to finish school “now” and so I pushed the limits and enrolled in full time classes. I was lucky to have a flexible work schedule, but still found it difficult. Every waking moment I was either caring for my family, working, at school or doing homework. In the end, after 13 years, I received my degree and graduated with distinction. One of my proudest moments wasn’t graduating, but hearing my 15 year old son tell me that when he goes to University no matter how hard it is, he’ll remember me doing it with 4 children and a full time job and he’ll know he can do it too.
My desire to coach came about when I discovered that my purpose is to help others experience everything life has to offer, enjoy each moment and be everything they ever dreamed of being. I believe that any goal is possible, no matter where you come from or what obstacles you may have to overcome. I grew up in a low income neighbourhood and not much was expected of the kids there, but I always wanted more. I wanted to do something important and now through coaching I know that I am. If I help one person become more than they are now, then I will have succeeded. My deepest desire is that the people I help will give back to the world in some small way.
I have worked in government and private sector and always did well because I was able to step into the other person’s shoes and see things from their perspective. This skill helped me in my work planning and organizing conferences and in my volunteer work event planning. I was able to predict and compensate for any event before it occurred. When I am coaching, this skill allows me to step into your shoes and see where you are coming from and guide you to where you want to go.
I studied with the Certified Coaches Federation in order to allow me to better use the skills I have acquired through my lifetime of experience, in the coaching process and to supplement the extensive research I’ve done in the field of personal development. As a CCP-Certified Coach Practitioner, I coach individuals and help them become the people they want to be.