Do you wonder what it would be like to pursue a life and career that excites you?
I did and it took me a long time to figure out what that was. Below is my journey towards finding that being a life coach was my calling.
How did you become a life coach?
That defining moment in my life happened in 2013.
I quit my “secure” job as a teacher. I loved teaching but I had enough of the horrible managers, the 14-hour days that were eating away at my relationships and left zero time for a social life.
I was under intense pressure to do even more work when I was already giving all I could. I was stressed out and suffering from anxiety at the thought of going to work every morning.
I questioned what I could do for work since teaching was all I knew. I felt stuck. So, I sat and waited for a sign. That sign came in the form of a colleague encouraging me to move to Texas.
I decided to move from New York City to Houston after that one phone call.
One year after quitting my job, and surviving by working multiple jobs, I landed a position as a school leader. I thought that things would be better if I worked outside of the classroom.
For three years I gave the position my all. Unfortunately, I was still saying yes to everything my principal asked of me. I was still working 12-hour days six days a week, still had no social life and was breaking out in hives from the stress.
I was repeating the same cycle as before just in a new location.
That’s when I said ENOUGH!
Again, I quit. I started my own educational consulting company.
As my own boss, I worked from home, set my own hours, and finally developed a social life.
It was everything I said I wanted except…
I built a business around something that felt safe.
It was a skill I knew I had, but not something I cared to do.
I eventually got clear on what I really wanted:
- freedom to work in a way that was ideal for me (at home with my dog or anywhere in the world).
- to set my hours and have full ownership over my income.
- to impact the lives of those I worked with.
Being a life coach provided all of the above.
I just had to be brave enough to step outside of the traditional education setting and believe I could be successful.
I decided to shut down the consulting company and be a coach everywhere I went.
I went back to the school district I left. But this time I chose a role that allowed me to be in my purpose, coaching teachers, while working fewer hours, negotiated a raise, and an extra month off!!! Most importantly I went back with a very different attitude. No longer would I play the victim. I set the standard of what I would tolerate from others early on; I respected me, so others had no choice but to do the same.
The more teachers I coached the more I knew that they needed help beyond just how to manage their students and deliver a strong lesson. So I offered them life coaching. I wanted to help them experience the shifts I had and move up in their careers.
I realized how important this work was and how alive I felt when I was being a coach.
The more people I coached the more my confidence in my inevitable success grew.
I decided it was time to quit a job for the last time and go all in on building my coaching business.
Today I fill my days with meaningful work, a complete social calendar, and make a positive impact on those I encounter. I found my purpose, learned to maintain a better work-life balance, and experience more joy and peace of mind because of it.
Coaching transformed my life and I now teach others how they can do the same.
I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other overworked and stressed-out educators experience the freedom and benefits of having their own coaching business.
Jeneffer, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?
Congratulations on making a decision for success! I’m happy to work with you to achieve your goals.
To learn how I can customize the Living Out Goals Coaching™ program to meet your unique needs, schedule a FREE consultation call with me.
I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you.
Let’s get going!