ICF-Certified Positive Psychology Coach
Life, business, and performance coaching.
What type of coaching do you offer and to whom?
Life and Executive coaching. Clients come to me by way of a personal aspiration, “I have writer’s block,” and we end up working there and succeed, but because life and work are not independent of one another, we may end up working on issues at work—how to lead better, how to communicate better, how to put together a business plan. Or, people come to me by way of work: leaders in the form of entrepreneurs, executives of organizations, or small business owners. We may be working on the issues of leadership or the issues of a strategic plan, but again, because life and work are not so far apart from each other, we begin looking at how much time, for example, work is taking up and how life is getting crunched.
Why did you get into coaching? What motivates you?
I’d just quit a job—and career—I’d once loved but the organization had changed over time and I knew it was time to leave. Leaving, and saving for a time I could quit and take time off became my goal. When I finally did, I thought I’d feel not only relieved, but happy, too. Which wasn’t the case, at all. Just then, an email came inviting me to study “the science of happiness,” what makes people flourish and thrive (aka, Positive Psychology—PP) and I knew that email would change my life. I signed on. I got not only happier through the course of study and certification, but I realized that I could take the coaching I had already been doing in my prior job with small business owners and dig even deeper. I trained in coaching then because I thought I could help make a real difference in others’ lives.
I’m motivated by two things: the amazing research that comes out of the PP field—that we can all improve our well-being by a little or a lot. That it’s in our control—and takes really very little effort other than some consistency.
The other is how having goals allows us to design our lives very intentionally. Coaching asks the question, “How shall I live?” Clients frequently say to me, “I’ve never lived—or worked—this purposefully.” What I do isn’t rocket science, but the work does move quickly. That’s a piece of the beauty of this work. People don’t have to hang out for years at it. I help people tighten up those goals, get clear on them, and then take the steps to make them happen.
Success isn’t just for lucky people. Success is a matter of attention, effort, and time. It’s very satisfying for me to bear witness to my clients’ successes. That’s incredible motivation.
To be invited into someone else’s growth process is an honor that I take very seriously. Bearing witness to and helping to facilitate others’ growth keeps me motivated all day long.
What differentiates you from other coaches?
My sense of humor and my intense curiosity; understanding the motivation of success as well as boots on the ground experience working with client goals in business; my creative toolbox. I’m both a research geek and a writer—so in order to provide the best for my clients, I’m constantly steeping myself in the science of business, success, leadership, and coaching—and writing about it.
What values are important to you when working with clients?
Helping people uncover not just their skills but their strengths—and then leveraging those strengths at work and in life to take more risks, gain more confidence, plump up their courage, live with more self-compassion. All these things change not just their own lives, but touch the lives of the people around them.
I also bring humor along. We can learn, grow, and change the hard way or, the easier way. Humor adds levity and allows us to stop being so hard on ourselves. I’m all for that.
Helping people get into the laboratory of life and move on from our work together!
What do you do for fun?
I read, compete in story slams, travel to places not on the beaten path, watch cooking shows, do yoga, listen to podcasts, write, hang out with people I love. I make sure to take classes in things that interest me.