The fast weeks of February have been big for me, having taken the life-changing leap into committing to a complete career change. In May, I’ll start my training as a life coach. This is something that’s been in the back of my mind for years but I’ve never really explored it, seeing it as a ‘someday’ dream.
A bit about my life right now: I suppose you could say I’m on ‘long-term maternity leave’. Leaving London whilst pregnant meant it wasn’t possible to return to my former EFL teaching job. I wanted to take the time to raise E & figure out making a living through writing. Yet – I’ve been struggling to write. Which is probably telling me something.
In November, I listened to a deep-felt calling to go on the Magic Activation Mastermind retreat in Spain with the incredible coach, Sophie French. Within an hour of receiving an email detailing the experience, I had booked my place – it felt like exactly what I needed. When I set my intention for the weekend, I rather grandly stated I wanted to find my purpose & value. To be honest, I think I expected to come away with a list of blog topics that would feel ‘right’ to write about & maybe some advice about writing a newsletter opt-in (as you’ve signed up for this letter based on your kindness & curiosity as opposed to a freebie, you can see I never got round to writing that opt-in!).
What I discovered however was what magic can be created when surrounded by soulful sisters who open their minds to each other and the universe. This was the first time I had experienced being in this energy and I was quickly speaking from the soul with no fear of judgement.
Towards the end of the weekend we did a group exercise sharing what we could see in one another and what we thought we could each offer the world. Sophie spoke to me about how the life I was living is one of which people are intrigued & inspired by: this slow living philosophy I’ve unintentionally inhabited.
At first, I saw this as a nudge to change my focus on Instagram to slow living which, now that I was living in a countryside cabin, felt doable. I’d try and pitch magazines again and grow my blog to become known for this style of living.
FINDING MY PURPOSE
And then one morning last month, I was lying in bed thinking on slow living and writing and ‘hmmm life coaching sounds interesting‘ when it struck me that perhaps I could share this slower, more soulful journey with others in a more helpful, personal way through coaching. I immediately messaged my new soul sisters who quickly replied to say ‘All of the Yes’ & six weeks later, here we are! I’m training with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy whose heart-centred approach spoke most to me & by the end of November I will be a Beautiful You life coach!
I’m honestly so excited for this next part of my journey. When sharing this news with good friends a few nights ago they said they’d never seen me so energised and excited about a job before. They’re EVEN prepared for me to go full-on hippy (whatever that is) & talk universe/manifesting/visualising (but I won’t push it).
I now feel I have purpose and a value to offer others. On the vision board I created on the retreat I wrote that I wanted to ‘step into my light’. And you know what? I think I may just end up doing that….(cue cheesy uplifting music).