A silly little fact about me is I struggle to introduce myself to people, not because I don’t know who I am, but because I don’t know what people want to know. So here is my attempt to let you a little deeper into who I am and why I do what I do. Enjoy…
If you had to whittle me down to three things it would be coffee, tacos and college football…go dawgs. And travel…but that would make four things…oh and chocolate…which I guess means I have trouble whittling myself down…#relator. So, if we keep diving deeper into the question of who am I, then I would say my purpose in life is equipping and developing individuals and organizations to discover their unique identity, realize their dreams and fulfill their potential. Basically, I was born to be a coach.
I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biology…not what you were expecting huh? I had dreams of medical school, but the rigors of organic chemistry and thoughts of many more years of school brought that dream crashing down to reality. Yet, I truly enjoyed biology, so I finished my degree thinking I would teach or go to nursing school. But then, the most perfect man walked into my life and I was never the same. His name was and still is Jesus. Yes, I know that’s a cheesy thing to say and yes, I know everyone says that, but it’s true. He is the kindest person I have ever met and though I knew him as a child, I met Him in a dramatic and completely unexpected way when I was 20 years old and my life has never been the same since.
I graduated a little unsure of what “career” I should pursue and where my dreams would take me, but I had discovered this place called the Wesley Foundation and my heart was transformed through discipleship there. So, I stayed and worked for what would become 4 years at the UGA Wesley Foundation first as an intern and then as an associate director. It was unconventional and unexpected and exactly what I needed. There I learned not only the value of discipleship and one on one mentorship, but I discovered the power of Strengths Finder. Did I mention I met my husband there too? Probably should move that tidbit further up the timeline of the story…but I digress.
Kirk and I got married and we moved to the southside of Atlanta following his job opportunities in the TV/film industry…no, he’s not some famous actor, he’s a video editor, though I happen to think he is a pretty cute nerdy techie guy…and I ended up working for a church, Bethel Atlanta. I have been involved in many facets of Bethel Atlanta’s organization, but the most impactful was working with their ministry school. It has a heavy leadership and personal development focus and my inner coach (even though I didn’t know it was my inner coach) came alive.
When I was a second year student, I had the chance to be coached as part of the curriculum. Now, if I’m completely honest, I laughed when I first heard the phrase life coach many years ago. Who the heck needs a life coach? You can’t handle your own life…so you hire a coach? Seriously?!?! I think I was 15 or 16…the epitome of wisdom and maturity. Needless to say the 18 years that have followed that moment have shown me the immense value a coach can bring. But, if I’m completely honest, nothing showed me the value of a coach more than going through the training course I did with Real Change Inc. Me, the one who never knew what she wanted to do with my life, was finally home. This is what I was made for…I just never knew it.
I remember going through training modules thinking…you have to explain to people how to do this?…doesn’t everyone just do this naturally? And the answer is no, not everyone can ask great questions…and even more importantly the right question. It isn’t easy for everyone to take a dream or a problem or an organizational structure and dissect each part into achievable and attainable goals, steps and solutions. Coaches do that and it’s why they are valuable to individuals and organizations.
Am I just saying all this to promote this new business venture…partly. Sure I want this idea to succeed and grow and I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m excited about the chance to make a living doing something I love. But ultimately, the motivating factor behind this is to empower individuals and organizations to impact their spheres of influence. I can’t impact your sphere of influence, but I can empower you in who you are and what you do so that YOU can impact your sphere of influence. And with that line of thinking, it’s really possible for all of us to change the world. Come watch and see!