Finally celebrating being me!

A caveat to those reading this is that I am truly open and honest in this blog and it includes both personal and professional narratives. That’s me, I wear my heart on my sleeve and that is what you may expect should we work together.

I am proud to say that I have just completed all pre-certification training modules with the Co-Active Training Institute which is the largest and most recognised coach training establishment in the world.

When I decided that I wanted to train as a Life and Business Coach, I sat back and looked at the significant experiences of my life. The list was longer and deeper than I had anticipated and to be honest I felt gave me a decent grounding for a coaching future.

Please excuse the list-type narrative that follows, but it seems the best way to fairly quickly highlight key events in my life. These included:

Leaving school at 18 with 4 A Levels under my belt but rebelling against headteacher advice to go to university

Working full-time and studying most evenings to achieve Certified Accountancy qualification by the age of 21

Marrying at 21 to someone that I knew in my heart of hearts I didn’t love and shouldn’t marry, but doing so because I felt trapped and unable to be both honest with myself and brave enough to stand up for what I wanted

Divorcing a few years later with the financial and emotional loss that often accompanies divorce

Travelling to New Zealand against family wishes and spending eight years in this fabulous country, exploring, meeting new people, and enjoying a new culture

Growing my career very significantly during this time as well as re-marrying and having two children

Struggling both as an individual and as a wife and mother with a lack of support whilst bringing up two very young children and returning to the UK with sadly another rocky marriage

My husband and I separating suddenly (although not unexpectedly) when the children were age 2 and 3 respectively and finding that people surprise you in both good and bad ways

Vowing to maintain the stability of the family home for my children and diving back into a very full role in a corporate environment (having been previously working a grand total of eight hours a week with only four of those being in the office)

Battling to uphold my high standards of motherhood in providing unconditional lo