(I've moved these posts from my tumblr blog)
Hello world, I am finally here!
I’m so excited to be starting a blog and sharing my experiences with the world. I have also been a little apprehensive because sharing makes me feel “raw” and “open”. So I have decided to share why I think sharing my experiences are important and why, in the same breath, they make me feel vulnerable.
I have been a coach and counselor for quite some time now. I love to inspire, encourage, empower and to help people improve their lives. This is a large part of who I am. Yet as a general rule I do my very best to keep my personal life separate from my professional life. This started in part as a result of my training to be a professional counselor. There is this unwritten rule about self-disclosure and in some doctrines to be a “blank slate” for the client. The purpose of this is so that the coach or counselor’s values and experiences do not overshadow the client’s values and experiences. The client should be the center of attention and the focus in all sessions. Therefore for this reason I have been hesitant to start a blog about my own experiences, values and challenges.
Most recently when discussing this with one of my sage mentors it was brought up that if my experiences were shared that they might help others going through similar experiences or challenges. Additionally, I recognize that I am human first and a counselor second and this would shine through in my blog. So I am stepping out of my comfort zone to share my experiences in hopes that they resonate with others while continuing to encourage and inspire utilizing a different modality.
I believe in coaching because it pushes the client outside their comfort zone and after WLS surgery there is so much behavior change that needs to occur. As someone who has been through the process, I see how much coaching helps individuals after surgery and while counseling can help, my role has shifted to coaching to help move individuals forward after such a life changing surgery.
Furthermore, I hope this blog will empower others to step out of their comfort zones as well and to see that we are all human and that our experiences matter and we can transform our lives in a multitude of ways.
With love and light,