Despite a strong aptitude in art and writing; I also had a
great love for science. Most of all, I
knew from childhood that my calling was to serve others--and that brought me
joy. I came to realize quickly that my
calling could be done regardless of job or career. Yet, I spent the last years
of high school--and the first few years after that--with the long term goal of
becoming a nurse practitioner. A car
accident and a marriage created a detour, though. I stayed in healthcare, but in a more
administrative role--while completing my bachelor's degree--and very slowly
trying to pursue a degree in counseling.
Then major lay-offs during the recession, and more health concerns stemming from the
accident, created another turn-in-the-road...
I believe when
you have spent over 20 years working with patients of a variety of illnesses
and skills, you learn coaching skills quite early! Working with dementia and Alzheimer's
definitely teaches creative ways of communicating and goal-setting. (Or just imagine what coaching skills are needed,
to help an 86-year-old without dementia, empty a house full of memories!) Later, while working in pharmacies, clinics
and hospitals-- coaching skills become applicable not just with patients and
their families-- but with staff and providers too.
All of these personal experiences, my patient nature, focused
personality, and my continued work with serving others allowed me to pursue a
career as a designer & life coach.
The Common Denominator: I'm an Artist, Writer, Designer, Encourager and an
Organizer. I love to see people and
places become all they are called or can be.
If that process involves healing in some format--then I have done my job
- Certified Color Coach - 2018
- Certified Life Coach from Wainwright Global International -
- Ongoing coaching
- BA from Seattle Pacific University - 2007
- Primary coursework for MA in Art Therapy, begun at Antioch
University & during time at SPU - 2004 thru 2007.
- Will be starting MA - Fall of 2018.
Reconnect with the Past, Honour the Present, Leave a Legacy
for the Future.™
COACHING CATEGORY DETAILS:
I have a primary focus on Transition and Grief
Coaching--as I work with many (such as seniors) who have lost a loved one, or
are in transition. (e.g. job loss, career change, disability, divorce, etc.) I also volunteer with a baby/child loss group
in Canada, and participate in GriefShare through my church. I have also ongoing training in colour energy coaching, therapeutic art, and life story coaching.
I believe there is a story in everyone; and within those
pages, lie answers and meaning to guide us during a search or journey. I spent many years in healthcare, and later
as a Personal Assistant and Professional Organizer--and each taught me there
are many layers to each person and situation.
My passion for art, organizing, psychology, spirituality, and the call
to serve others...allow me to respectfully assist people during transition. I apply my coaching skills during the process of designing, decorating, and staging. I also apply my coaching skills when I
provide one-on-one coaching when the need arises.
Patient, intuitive, spiritual, respectful, focused, good
listener, encourager, good follow through, believes in accountability and
I use my listening skills, along with being able to analyze
and correlate easily--to coach my clients in their goal setting and
accomplishment. I use my intuitive and
spiritual gifts, to assist in this process.
These skills, along with many others, are used to decorate/design/stage/consult with my clients--as well as helping them transition towards a better and
brighter future. These skills are also used in one-one-coaching or presenting and teaching in a class or workshop format.