To my fellow teachers everywhere...
When I embarked on my first Awaken Your Life year I thought I was just going to do some coaching and teach people who wanted to deepen their own practices the power of this work. I say "just" with a little sarcasm. Coming out of this experience there is no "just" about it.
Prior to embarking on this journey with this group, I lost my mom. In fact, I lost my mom just weeks before our first class. I remember sitting down with a friend days before my first Awaken Your Life class and sharing that I honestly didn't know how I was supposed to hold space and help people do what I think is magical work while in such a state of grief.
How was I supposed to model and teach hope when I myself wasn't in the arena of hope?
This entire program was an intuitive download almost a year earlier and I had spent the year writing the curriculum, finding gorgeous private homes for our retreats, and planning scrumptious meals with our chef.
It never occurred to me that perhaps my intuition was reading my personal need of this experience...(darn that intuition, she's always one step ahead of me!)
Not only would this cohort support the aftermath of my losing my mom, but just a couple weeks after this photo was taken they would support me when I lost my dad. Oofta.
The perfectionist-practitioner who wants to appear to always have her shit together was quite ticked at this turn of events.
All I wanted to do was hit pause on my life so I could go into a little grief bubble and then when I was done dealing with it (side note: you're never done) I could just magically reappear unscathed and no one would know the difference.
But since this fantasy was not my reality, I knew I had a chance to do something for my students and myself that could deepen their learning and my own - be honest.
You see, the helping industry is riddled with encouragement. Self-development aisles are packed with different versions of the same thing: "How to be happy."
Here I was teaching people how to help people. How to support people's truth, even when inconvenient, and support more people coming home to their true nature of compassion, self-acceptance, and generosity.
The path typically taken is to trek through our strengths, to seek what we do well, to stay positive and optimistic. It's a worthy path and I certainly don't recommend skipping these steps.
But this isn't the work. This is a byproduct of the work.
The honest truth is, humans suffer. We suffer immensely. No one gets out of this life thing unscathed, and while I support optimism and seeking our strengths I also encourage that we let our life teach us. I encourage that we allow the things that happen to us shape us.
Not embitter us, but embolden us. And I believe the choice between the two is yours to make.
So yes, I taught my students about holding space, increasing choice for their clients, helping people tap into their intrinsic motivation, and meeting others fully in the moment without attachment to outcomes or solutions.
But I also taught them about resiliency, soul contracts, purpose, trusting the process, and how to walk people home to themselves.
If you're looking for a teacher that teaches you how to set S.M.A.R.T goals, forward some actions, write inspirational articles, or create goals and strategic plans then I am not the teacher for you.
The International Coach Federation's homepage says,"What the world needs right now are a few more coaches." I couldn't disagree more. (Bear with me.)
Coaching remains the second largest service industry in the world, grossing more than $12 billion annually, and yet... we aren't getting it.
We don't merely need more coaches, we need more practitioners who are willing to bring the depth of their life to the table.
...Who are willing to share their own stories.
...Who use their belief in the goodness of humanity as their driving force.
...Who believe that people are more than their stories and old patterns and that when given the opportunity, we pursue wholeness because we are already whole.
...Who do not seek to just move away from what's dark, heavy, or scary but who understand the light is through our darkest moments.
If helping an individual find their purpose, heal, love themselves unconditionally, trust their worthiness, shift their relationship to the things that happen to them, unearth their soul contract, be congruent, and come alive does speak to you, then I am the teacher for you.
It's your time. Whether your goal is to become a full-time coach, lead retreats, facilitate transformative experiences, incorporate coaching into an existing career, or transform your own life by dedicating 9 months to walking inward, Awaken Your Life is for you.
Not ready to fully commit to the program? Grab a seat in my upcoming 1-day Mastership Training for Practitioners. (New to this work? Great!) Details below...