MY COACHING STORY
Experienced. Certified. Supportive.
I always imagined and innately knew that I wanted to be a motivational speaker. I prayed for years, honey, YEARS, for God to reveal to me exactly what I should say and who I should speak to. I never imagined that my audience would consist of an overwhelmed, heartbroken, confused, overweight and depressed woman who no longer recognized herself in the mirror. There was no glory in speaking to one person, especially since she was one I didn’t even like. This was not the masses I had hoped to inspire; no special invitation on the calendar or requests for interviews; no calls, emails or texts. The only tangible opportunity I was given to start my motivational career came when I saw the person that I had become and decided that who I had become was not who I wanted to continue to be. On the outside, I had everything I ever wanted: a great husband, 4 kids, 2 dogs and a cat (I didn’t really want the cat though lol), a big house, cars, a college degree and multiple certifications. The time had come for me to answer the question: What does it matter if a person gains the whole world, but then loses her own soul? (Mark 8:36, EBA Version ;). My soul, although I had given up many things for the sake of following Christ, had been strong in faith, and tried to do what was right before God, my soul was wounded, and I didn’t know how I would ever be restored. The phone call came very quickly after I prayed out of despair, again, for God to speak to me and help me to even want to continue to live. A friend called and very joyfully and boisterously greeted me and said, “Hey COACH! I think you would be a good fit for this coaching program that I just went through.” The backstory here is that I had realized that coaching is my passion and I had shared it with her before. So whenever she spoke to me, she declared my dream and called me “Coach”. I inquired that day about the coaching certification. When I began the program, I had no idea that it was the EXACT prescription for the sickness that I was dealing with. I had no idea who I was, and I no longer enjoyed the life I had because nothing and no one brought me any joy at all. The coaching program asked me questions that caused me to gaze deeply into my soul and search for the answers that I longed for. Years later, I remind my coach to this day that her program coached me right out of the dark and self sabotaging depression I was in and into the certified life coach that I am today. I slowly learned that the greatest influence I would ever have on anyone would be on me. One verse echoed in my soul: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and once you do that, teach others to do the same” (Matthew 22:37, EBA Version). Thereafter, E.B.A. Life Coaching Company, LLC began.