Discovering who I am – my life coaching experience

 

It is no secret that I have a lot going on in my life. If you follow me on any of my socials, you will know that alongside writing books I am also a mum to a 10 year old, am overhauling my health and fitness with The Body Coach fitness program and am studying full time at university for a degree in Early Childhood. There’s a lot going on.

A couple of months ago I started to feel the strain of it all. At the time I was also working at a school on the days that I was not on campus and juggling everything had become tiresome and, at times, impossible. I was no longer enjoying any of the things I was doing, merely rushing through everything to complete tasks and get the job done. That isn’t any way to live.

Writing is my whole life. I absolutely adore the written word so reading and writing books is a true passion of mine. Never am I happier than when I am lost in a story – whether that be one of my own or someone else’s. So when the process was draining me because of all the other tasks in my day to day life, I knew I had to act on it.

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It was at this time that I spotted a post on Instagram by a lady called Sarah who I had started to follow because she was a support coach on the fitness plan I had signed up to. Sarah was starting some training herself but not fitness training, life coaching. She was looking for people to use as case studies for her learning and I instantly thought – this is what I need; guidance and someone to talk to. Someone away from my situation. So I immediately applied for it and I was over the moon when Sarah chose me as one of her clients.

Over the weeks that followed, I had regular Skype sessions with Sarah and she, quite frankly, helped me to turn my life around. Life coaching, as Sarah explained to me when we began, wasn’t a case of her telling me what to do and giving me the answers, but more that she was going to listen and guide me to finding the answers myself – because they were there, I just didn’t listen to myself!

Sarah’s compassion, patience, expertise and humour guided me through our sessions and I have never once regretted my decision to let someone else into the madness that is my life.

When we began, I couldn’t see where I was going wrong. I was achieving my tasks (mostly – lets not think about the housework or sleep) but it

Source: http://www.mindnbodyfitness.co.uk/life-coaching.php

was impacting my health – both physically and mentally – and I wasn’t enjoying any of it. Over the weeks we tried many different techniques to find what worked for me, what was going to breathe the life back into what I was doing and also get the jobs done.

  • I have learned that no matter how much I try to force myself to get creative and write during the day, actually in the middle of the night I write my best. There’s no escaping it – I’m a night owl!
  • I have learned that I cannot plan my life to every second because realistically, life doesn’t work like that. I had to learn to be flexible and know that it is OK to not have a strict daily plan.
  • I have learned that I need to look after my mind as well as my body. Sarah’s talent lies not only in her fitness knowledge, coaching knowledge and painting (you must check out her Instagram!), but actually, Sarah know’s a lot about mental health and being kind to yourself. Stress is a poison and if you let it seep into your mind, it isn’t always easy to get out. So I am trying to take more time to be kind to myself and my mind.
  • I have learned that when I get the chance to take myself away into nature, it not only means I am more productive creatively, but it makes me happy. Taking a walk, sitting on a bench in a field, strolling through a national park or sitting in a friends summer house looking at rolling hills and picturesque scenery – it makes me happy, inside my heart. I need to do this more.
  • And finally, I have learned that I don’t need to take everything onto my shoulders. I can share it with someone and sometimes, actually saying words out loud is all you need to do. Sometimes my sessions with Sarah would be me talking (a lot!) and I would end up answering my own questions and actually all I needed was for Sarah to listen. Having that sounding board was an incredible resource to have and for that, I am so grateful.

So to anyone who is struggling with their day to day lives, needing guidance to achieving a task, or just needing to organise yourself a little better to be more productive, I would definitely recommend speaking to a life coach and I would HIGHLY recommend Sarah. She is one of the nicest, warmest, kindest people I have had the pleasure to work with and, as our sessions have now come to an end, I will continue to follow her journey on socials because she is an incredibly inspiring person and deserves to do well with her journey into life coaching.

Should you wish to contact Sarah, you can find her here on Instagram where you can drop her a message.

Lucie x

 

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