My coaching practice is inspired by my grandmother- Juanita Hendrix.
She and my grandfather ran the local country store together in a small mountain town and she was widely respected as a savvy business person. She was the church organist, a piano teacher, a busy mother of two girls who kept her own house, managed the family vegetable farm, and in her spare time made her family's clothes. She was creative, community oriented, and most importantly happy.
What was the key to her happiness? Her life was built around her values - faith, family, community and creativity.
As an executive, I spent years working to build someone else's dream. And it was a great training ground for the work I do now. But, I never felt the deep satisfaction I craved even when a job was well done. I was hungry to build my dreams. But then I'd quickly get in my own way by focusing on all of the stumbling blocks that made my dreams "unrealistic". Time and time again, I decided I was better off with the stability and security of a defined career. But guess what? Constant migraines, weight gain, a failed marriage .... these are not the markers of a happy person. But they were what was happening in my life. I may have had money and a successful career... but that was about it.
So I began working with a coach, (I still invest in myself with a coach), and began defining what I really wanted. I looked to the example of my grandmother as a starting point. I thought about her to-do list and my head would spin wondering, "how did she ever sleep?" How many of us feel run down and ragged just getting through our day and we have the conveniences of pre-made food and clothes, dishwashers, vacuums, quickbooks?
But it's simple.
Her life was built around what she enjoyed and what she was good at. Therefore, work was never really work.
She was able to keep up because she was working from a place of joy and confidence. Yes, she had a lot on her plate. But she liked being intellectually stimulated by the business - this woman went to college in 1935! And she loved dressing her girls in the latest fashions - so sewing was not a hassle. When she picked and canned vegetables from the farm, she would share the surplus with friends and they reciprocated! She was community building and providing a way for her family to eat a variety of foods year round. Her faith kept her grounded and free from anxiety. And she loved expressing herself as the church organist and shared her incredible music talent with her community by teaching piano to local students.
I believe that your life is YOUR life - and just like your fingerprint, it should be unique to you. Isn't it time to stop living someone else's dream and pursue yours? When you know what really makes you HAPPY and arrange your life to fit those needs - you can move mountains. Stress, headaches, weight gain, financial problems, failing relationships are all symptoms of living a life OUTSIDE of your core values.
I am so glad you are here. I know we can help you remove obstacles that are getting in your way, identify your CORE values, and then help you integrate the two for a life better than you could ever imagine! I cannot wait to get started working with you.