My journey to becoming a faith-based positivity coach has taken me on a totally unexpected serendipitous path. In fact, when I first heard of life coaching in the early 2000s, I thought it sounded so weird. The only kind of coaching I knew about was in sports — and I was never good at sports! At the time, I was a young stay-at-home mom. I occasionally still tutored physics and math since I previously taught high school general science and physics.
A few years later, I renewed my real estate license so I could earn money while still having a flexible schedule and time with my kids. My family has a history of real estate and development so it was natural to fall back on these familiar skills and I loved helping people! I hired a real estate coach and really dove into personal development.
A half dozen years later, after a divorce, new marriage, and a baby who ended up in the hospital with RSV, I attended my first essential oils class and was hooked! I unexpectedly had a new business on my hands sharing a more holistic way to healthy living. I had a great team and did even more business and personal development.
My Big Aha!
I loved sharing the things I was learning with my team and friends! My experience as a teacher combined with the growing trend of self-awareness and improvement was slowly tugging on my heart to do something with all the knowledge I was carrying around in my head. After over a dozen years of learning personal development techniques and practices, I had an epiphany experience — I don’t have to be PERFECT to teach other people!
You’d think that would be obvious to me:
- I didn’t have to be Albert Einstein to teach physics to high school kids.
- I didn’t have to be Gary Keller to sell someone a house.
- I didn’t have to have a PhD in chemistry to tell someone about essential oils.
I was so busy reaching for greater heights and comparing myself to my own mentors that I had devalued my own growth and development. When I had that epiphany and took a moment to reflect on the past 12+ years, I realized that I do have a lot to share and I was being led down a path that I didn’t even realize I was on.
I believe many people can relate to this quote from Steve Jobs.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”-Steve Jobs
Dieter F. Uchtdorf compares this quote to neo-impressionistic art. “The dots of color that make up the moments and events of our days can appear unconnected and chaotic at times… However, when we step back and take an eternal perspective when we look at our lives in the frame of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can begin to see how the various dots in our lives interconnect…One day we will see the finished product, and we will know that the very hand of God was directing and guiding our steps.”
Connecting the Dots
I’m grateful for the convoluted and serendipitous path that has brought me to where I am today. I never wanted to go through a divorce and yet I’m now in a marriage that is amazing! I didn’t plan on having a baby in my 40s, but now I feel like our family is complete. I didn’t want to have a child with special needs, but I know that he is an exceptional spirit and I’m honored to be his mother.
When I was in my 20s, I had never heard of a life coach and now it’s a profession that brings me so much fulfillment and joy! I help moms who feel stressed, overwhelmed, and out of balance. They are tired of feeling guilty, stretched too thin, and emotionally drained. The techniques I teach help them feel happier, balanced, and peaceful so they can serve their family with greater love and joy.
Everything Works Together
I’m reminded of Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,” and a popular quote by Napoleon Hill “In every adversity, lies the seed of an equal or greater opportunity.” I know faith is a principle of action and it’s kept me moving when life seemed hard. I continue to find new opportunities and know that everything is going to turn out just the way it should- even when I don’t know how or understand at the present.