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. One’s secrets. One’s private life. One’s depression, 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 shame, my diagnosis, my addictions, my recovery. But I also know how liberating it was to get it out there. 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.
Through life coaching, my desire is to help others like I helped myself. I tend to focus on the following areas….
- Rebounding from life setbacks
- Overcoming shame and guilt
- Helping others find and be their true selves
- Living to the fullest
- Understanding and Managing of one’s mental health
- Relationship coaching and yes, tips to find that missing spark
It can be a simple sit down, or a phone or video conversation, but I tend to prefer coaching that incorporates running, yoga or most often, adventuring. 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. Achieve an awakening! That’s my desire. That’s my goal.