My story

“Joy to me looks like having a spring in my step and hope in my heart every day. I have that in my life now.”

My story

“There’s no joy in it”. 

 

Those were the words I uttered to my coach.  I wasn’t sure where the words came from, they just tipped out of my mouth.

 

“What does joy look like to you?”

 

A great question but one I didn’t have the answer to.

 

I’d had a career in the public and charity sectors over two decades.  I was in a well paid job, had the lifestyle that went with it, but felt really lost, exhausted and trapped, feeling that I was without choice or options.  I had no energy to think about doing anything different.

 

“I just need to get on with it”

 

I felt I shouldn’t complain – I had a lovely family, a lovely home – I hoped that tomorrow, next week, next month would be better.  I got on with it for while but it didn’t work out well for me.

 

My health hadn’t been so great for a couple of years, nothing significant, some minor niggles, infections, courses of antibiotics.  I was tired a lot.

 

And then I got ill.

 

I took proper sick leave for the first time in my working life.  The GP said I was exhausted. 

 

In the midst of this I sought coaching.  It was the best thing I did and the first step to changing my life. 

 

My coach helped me to see that I feared losing the status that I thought my work gave me.  I liked being the person other people came to, always having the answer, taking responsibility for everything and everyone.

 

After a few sessions of coaching something changed. 

 

It took me a while to work out that the change was me.  The decision was made.   I was moving forward to something new.

 

I’d trained as an internal coach in the organisation I worked for.  I’d tried my best to use coaching skills with the people I worked with, and had always enjoyed the opportunity to help people develop and grow.

 

I left my job and started my coach training. 

 

People have always told me how calm I am.  The only difference these days is that I feel it.

 

You can find out more about my career and qualifications here.  I worked hard for it all so you’re welcome to have a look.

 

So to answer my coach’s question, joy to me looks like having a spring in my step and hope in my heart every day.  I have that in my life now. 

 

I am now an Accredited Coach and I hope, through coaching, to help others find their joy too.

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