“That’s it!” I thought as I waited in my car for a light to change. The guest on a radio interview program had just described how she taught and counseled people in ways that empowered them. And in that moment in 1986, I knew I was to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
I didn’t have any idea what it took to enroll in the master’s program, how much time and money I needed to complete the training process, or how to market and manage a private practice. Nor did I understand how this new possibility and my work history would allow me to recapture my lifetime desire to teach. (I had already gathered enough business cards from varying enterprises to create a wall-sized collage without fulfilling this intention.) All this would be revealed later. That day in my car, I made up my mind, “I’m going for it!”
My enthusiasm was met with discouragement. “Therapists are a dime a dozen,” Tom said. “There’s one on every corner,” Hester said. There were other personal and professional setbacks too. I had to repeat a course, which delayed my graduation a full year. There was a divorce fraught by betrayal and several failed attempts at the state licensing exam. My finances diminished after I traded home ownership for an education.
But my desire to use my talents to reveal wholeness within myself and others proved stronger than these disappointments, failures, and financial insecurities. I stopped trying to figure out what the examiners wanted and gave them what I had. I stood by my authentic passion and released the outcome. Finally, a miracle occurred. I received my Marriage and Family Therapist license in 1993.
My career in counseling provided the opportunity to support individuals, couples, and group members and gave me an opportunity to teach. Surrender had led me back to my passion. I created and facilitated couples’ communication courses and weight management seminars and taught classes on financial freedom, time management, and spiritual counseling.
In 1996 I received training in personal coaching and four years later began teaching Mindful Coach Certification for therapists, health care providers, teachers and others who wanted to add the skills and methods of coaching to their profession. Creating and facilitating Mindful Coach Certification has delighted my heart and blessed my life.
Mindful Coaching is founded on the premise that beyond talent, opportunity, or perseverance we are inspired by a deep passion and commitment. The purpose of mindful coaching is fulfillment. The vision is to develop a greater awareness of wholeness as the foundation of all change.
Mindful Coaching is a process that encourages acceptance and guides exploration. It’s questions, invite us to be aware of our values, thoughts, and feelings as well as our circumstances and surroundings. Working with a coach and learning to be our own coach promotes change that is powerful and empowering.
In 2000, 14 years after hearing the radio interview that changed my life, I was approached to co-host It’s Your Call, a radio talk show in which callers receive coaching on the air. The show is dedicated to helping people connect with their dreams and take action to manifest their deepest desires. I had come full circle.
In service to my clients, students, callers, and myself, I have come to understand that to teach is to empower.