Lead Your Own Life
In the last 15 years, I have worked with hundreds of parents, teens, and families helping them to build mutual trust, love, and respect in their relationships. I started as a teen in my own community in Oregon, working in family camps and teen workshops dedicated to developing self-discovery, teamwork, and life skills in young people and families.
My journey with life coaching began after my sophomore year in college. I had studied in Spain for a semester and it changed me. With my heart and mind open, I came back to Oregon ready to serve and learn. I took on a leadership role in a local two-week service learning program, designed to give high school students practical opportunities to practice peace through service. We had some excellent teachers, one of whom was Diana Sterling, a Life Coach.
When I was around Diana, I stood a little taller, felt more confident, produced quality work and accomplished more. After two weeks of working together, I told her “Whatever it is you do, I want to do it too.” It was already “in my cells” by then. When I graduated from college, I jumped immediately into Diana’s coaching certification program. At the time, I was the youngest student to graduate as a Certified Parent and Teen Coach.
My first job after college was Program Coordinator and Education Director for a gap-year leadership training program for high school graduates – Next Generation Academy (NGA). As one of the founders of the program, I poured my coaching skills into NGA, and built the program around coaching principles.
After three years with NGA, I began my Life Coaching business. One of my very first clients taught me an important lesson: Lead Your Own Life. She had everything: a great job, a great house, a great husband, four kids, etc., but she was disconnected from her own heart. She had been living her life according to what she thought others wanted from her. Working with her inspired me to remember my heart. This is my message to the world, and especially to women: Lead Your Own Life.