I always say, when others know you have been through some “stuff”, they tend to see you as safe, trusting, and someone who they can share their own stuff with. It’s been a fascinating realization. Well, safe to say, I’ve had my share of stuff, and as a result, whether it’s in person, or via email or social media, I hear from A LOT of people. How many times do I hear, “I’ve never told this to anybody?”
I have an intimate understanding of the power of sharing one’s story, perhaps for the very first time. Perhaps one’s intimate secrets. Perhaps one’s alternative lifestyle. Perhaps one’s depression or anxiety. Things one may feel shame or embarrassment in telling another. For me, nothing shocks me. I’ve heard it all. I mean, if you’ve lived the life I’ve led, it’s hard to top me. I’m the last to judge, after all I’m flawed as hell, and rather proud of it.
I know how terrifying it was to share my story. My falling in the Olympics, my suicidal thoughts and attempts, my feelings of inadequacy as a mother, wife, runner and worker, my deteriorating marriage, my struggle with body image and eating disorder, my escorting, my resulting shame, my diagnosis, my addictions, and my recovery. But I also know how liberating it was to own my story as opposed to letting it own me. To talk about it, to a therapist, or to a stranger. To gain perspective. I know how therapeutic that was for me. How it helped me move forward. Feeling like you have a trusting friend to confide in is powerful stuff. One who’s been there and can relate. Who gets it.
Through life coaching, my desire is to help you like I helped myself. I tend to focus on the following areas….
* Thriving after rock bottom moments
* Overcoming shame, whether sex related or not
* Taking your power back
* Owning your story and showing up as your truest self
* Embracing your sexuality and unleashing your sacred rebel
* Finding purpose and your passions in life
* Falling in love with yourself and being comfortable in your own skin
It can be a simple sit down, or a phone or video conversation, or can even incorporate running, yoga or hiking. You cannot underestimate the power of a hike in the Grand Canyon for example. I seek to expose others to the things that have helped me become the person I always wanted to be, but never thought I could. I want to help others be their best selves. To achieve an awakening! That’s my desire. That’s my goal.