I’ve been really quite on here recently, but with good reason – I promise! Since sharing my story of living with and recovering from a brain injury I’ve had so many people reach out with questions about how I got through it, what I did to overcome various symptoms and side-effects, where I found the resilience to get through it and how I mustered up the courage to then share it all so publicly!
For a long time I responded with “I just did” and that is true. I just did it without really thinking about it at the time. I was on autopilot a lot of the time, not really realising what I was doing and how I was doing it.
Where possible I would of course share the practices I adapted and the elements of my now daily routine that helped me to get through the toughest days. But deep down all I could think was “I don’t really know what I did to get to where I am. I’ve just been lucky enough to get here”.
But the more I was asked to share my ‘knowledge’, the more I was forced to really think about it…. And I realised that I was just doing what I always do, I was doing what came naturally. I stayed really positive and learned all I could about my brain injury, bringing what worked forward with me and leaving what didn’t in the past.
It was all about my mindset.
I have always been an extremely positive person and without realising I practiced positive psychology throughout my entire recovery! To me it was the normal way of life, but to others it’s not – which is totally normal!!! But how do I explain this and share it with people who are looking for answers? How could I share my mindset with people in such a way that they too could adopt this in their own lives? How can I help others recover from injuries or overcome their own obstacles?
So, I decided to educate myself on this topic in a way that would be useful, not just for myself, but (hopefully) for countless others too.
I researched a lot of options out there, and after a number of recommendations I decided to study for An Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching. It’s funny, I was really nervous to tell people what I was going to do for some bizarre reason. I thought people would think I was crazy! But oh my god, everyone was so supportive and the majority of people who I told responded with ‘Oh my god, that is so perfect for you’! I couldn’t wait to get started!
So I started my course back in early October and as of last week I have completed all my assignments, all my coaching hours (there was a lot!) and I’m just waiting for my accreditation now! It has been the most uplifting, positive experience! I have learned so much about myself; how strong, resilient and sometimes stubborn I am. But most importantly, I have also learned how to help others!
What is Life Coaching?
Coaching is such a broad term and means different things to different people, but to me it means “Working together to empower positive change in ones life, in an authentic and meaningful way”.
This is exactly that I want to do for people! Coaching is all about positive change; empowering someone to make positive steps in moving from one place to another to enhance their life in a lasting way. This can be applied to recovering from a brain injury, wanting to change jobs, trying to move on from a relationship, or simply just wanting ‘something’ new in life but not knowing what that ‘something’ is (or in some cases knowing what you don’t want and moving away from that!) – the list is endless. It can be applied in so many contexts. But the tools used are the same, no matter the scenario.
Now that I have more time, and lots more knowledge, I am looking forward to sharing loads of tips with you all that you can adapt in your own life to help achieve positive change!
I’m also thrilled to be able to open up some slots to work with people on a one-to-one basis! If you’d like to find out more about these spots please feel free to get in touch 🙂