What if you decided to throw off your self-imposed limits and live life full out? You know, really live. Do the things you always wanted to do but never found the time — or the courage — to do.
That’s the question I asked myself over a year ago. I had spent nearly forty years doing “big” things — the things I thought I “should do.” After graduating from Colby College and Cornell Law School, I became an antitrust lawyer in private practice in Washington, DC and a corporate lawyer in-house at a Fortune 500 company, a fundraising executive who has raised millions of dollars to see important projects come into being, and a philanthropy advisor who has helped direct millions of dollars in funding to worthwhile causes — but I was finding the work less and less satisfying. I was ready for a change.
I lost my Dad suddenly a few years ago. My Mom died a year later; after 67 years of marriage she was lost without him. Our beloved dogs – both 14 – passed a few months later. Their deaths devastated me. But as I processed my grief, something shifted in me. It was no longer acceptable to live an “okay” life, a “fine” life. I wanted more. I wanted to live my best life!
And as I said goodbye to my parents, I realized that I had it backwards. Why should work come first? From then on, I began to ask a different question: how can I live my life to feel more fulfilled every day?
Shifting my intentions toward fulfillment caused me to look at everything differently. I began to see casual conversations became important opportunities to connect with people instead of as interruptions to my otherwise “productive” day. I began looking for ways to maximize joy – by taking time to reach out to a friend, to meditate or practice yoga, to walk my dog in the woods to enjoy some time with nature, or to prepare a nice meal with my husband or for friends. I was no longer trying to get somewhere. I was enjoying the journey.
I decided that I wanted to shift my work focus to reflect my new life focus. I wanted to help others create lives that are as joyful, productive and fulfilling to them as my new life was to me. I decided to become a life coach.
I searched for the best coach training available anywhere and discovered the Co-Active Training Institute, one of the oldest and most well respected coach training programs in the world. I am scheduled to complete the CTI certification process in October and, as part of the final phase of certification, I am actively coaching clients.
When I began my coach training, I felt as though I had finally come home. I had found the path I had been seeking. I had found a way to make a difference in the world and be true to my most deeply held personal values. Your life journey might not look the same as mine, but my experiences taught me many lessons that I am prepared to pass on to you to make your journey transformational.
Like many other people, I am a full-time working parent. Daily life is full (and sometimes overly full) of juggling many responsibilities and wearing many hats. A recent job change and our family’s relocation added to the already heavy weight of life. My mental, physical, emotional bandwidth all reached their limits, and self-care was the first to go. So long, creative expression and activities, diet and exercise, reading, meditation/prayer. So long, stuff that support mental and physical well-being.
Working with Lisa is helping me to restore, reclaim, the color and richness of my life. With her smart, supportive coaching, she is a powerful ally in my journey of discovery and empowerment. Her questions push me and help me grow. I am grateful beyond words that she dares me to be the best I can be. My time with Lisa is making me excited about my future, for the first time in a long while. With her help and encouragement, I can’t wait to see what I do.
Lisa is incredibly intuitive and compassionate, and at the same time, she is able to offer a firm hand when needed, which has helped guide me through some of those challenging dips we all have from time to time. She has the ability to get me to see through to the root of an issue, and most importantly we are working on identifying my fears and energy drains. Our coaching sessions are transforming the way I think about myself, how I envision my future and how I manage my busy life, which includes work, family, mothering, friends, etc.
I feel more empowered to make decisions that are best for me while getting closer and closer to my true sense of purpose. Lisa is without question my most trusted confidant in regards to my life’s plan, which is now unfolding in a beautiful and healthy way. There is a wonderful quote that states, “when the student is ready the teacher will appear.”I couldn’t be more ready and I have found my teacher right here.
Most of us live in a rat race, and it is challenging to find time to think about how to live a more fulfilling life. As I approach retirement, I reached out to Lisa to help me identify my purpose and to face the obstacles preventing me from fulfilling that purpose. She starts with a structured approach to help you identify your deepest values and the gap between living a life of joy and a life of dissatisfaction. Then she uses her superb listening skills to and her laser focus to help you understand what is preventing you from living those values. I cannot thank her enough for the time she encouraged me to invest in myself. And what a role model - a life coach who has found her own purpose in helping others fulfill their dreams!