Since I announced the launch of Simply Essential many people have asked me why life coaching? Why did I choose it? Why hire me ? These are all really great questions.
It's probably helpful to first tell you what the a Life Coach does. The Google definition is "a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges." This is true in the very basic form, but to me Life Coaching is much more. It's about helping a client work through to find the answer within, because that is where the answer lies. The answer is always there, but think of a Life Coach as your Sherpa, guiding you to find the answer that can sometimes be buried very deep. A Life Coach is also your cheerleader, accountability checker, and idea bouncer offer.
Hopefully, you found the explanation helpful and really that is my reason for becoming a Life Coach, I want to be your guide. I've been lucky enough to have mentors, bosses and psychologists that have played life coaching roles for me along the way, but it wasn't until I became a mom that everything changed for me. My husband and I moved to a little town South of Atlanta, called Serenbe, then became pregnant two months later. I was excited and terrified all at the same time. Not necessarily terrified for the normal "oh crap, I'm having a baby, my life is going to change". No, I was terrified because I was in a new town, in a new state with my friends and family all hundreds of miles away in the North East. See my husband works super long hours and isn't really home during the week so it was all going to be on me. Then something magical happened as my neighbors found out I was pregnant, more and more started to be there for me in little and big ways. Once I had my son, oh my gosh the support was amazing. I could write an entire blog post on how good the food was that came due to a community wide meal train that happens for the first couple of months! Really though, I was able to walk out my front door or pick up the phone and there always a mom out to talk to. I could show up to anyone's home no makeup, stains all over and huge sleep deprived bags under my eyes. No one was judgy or telling me what I should do, it was just organic advice. I could be myself and was accepted, these days this is a hard thing to find. I had a neighbor show up at my door one day and hold my son just to give me a break, a moment this new mom will never forget. One neighbor showed me how to properly breast feed which saved my life. Another neighbor, who owns the local General Store,gave me a really amazing bottle of bubbly that was life altering. The list goes on and on. All of these women were/still are professionals with amazing careers and understood what a huge life shift I was going through. Because I too had a professional career as a Director of Operations for a New York based Venture Capital Firm and now spent my days changing diapers. I realize that I'm a lucky girl to live in a town where I know 80% (if not more) of the people that live here and they know me and my family. But it wasn't just about knowing my neighbors it was about the people around me knowing that it takes a village not only to raise a child, but to help raise up a mom who was struggling. Last night in fact I was having dinner with two of my friends, who happen to live down the street, and told them that my husband was out of town. One of them turned to me and said what can we do to help you? How awesome is that?
While I have my village (literally) and mom tribe, I realize that not all women have this for one reason or another. So I'm setting out to change that, all moms need someone in their corner.
I went back to work (remotely) part-time four months after I had my son it was clear to me that I needed to a career change. I had been in operations pretty much my entire career and was damn good at it if I do say so myself, hehe. But something was nagging me inside that I needed a change. It was an internal voice that had been there for years but I pushed it away. I spend a lot of time outside with my son. We used to go on stroller walks in the mornings and I would try to figure out what this voice was telling me. It took me a couple of months until finally one day hit me, I wanted to be a Life Coach. Being the person that I am, I went home a researched all of what went into it and how to go about it. Originally I thought I would be a professional Life Coach in the corporate world, but that didn't feel like it was "it" for me. Part of my research was to hire a Life Coach of my own to get an idea of what it was all about. WOW, was it powerful! Through a couple sessions we were about to flush out that I really wanted to help moms at various stages and phases of motherhood. Whether it be someone to talk to and feel heard, bounce ideas off of or dive into career changes and family dynamics, that's where me and Simply Essential comes in. Simply Essential is a Life Coaching practice just for moms.
Why should someone hire me? I'm not going to go into a sales pitch but if you are reading this, are intrigued and want to know more...reach out. If you have a little voice inside telling you that you could use someone to talk to about something going on in your life...reach out. Simply Essential might not be the Life Coaching practice for you, but you will never know unless you...reach out:-)
This was my first blog post, how did I do? My goal is to write a blog post or two a month hopefully you'll stay tuned for more.
Lauren is the Founder of Simply Essential Life. Lauren is a Growth Strategist and Coach for Female Innovators and Disruptors.