1. What advice would you have for someone going into Coach Training and/or Leaders Rising?
If you’re going into coach training, my advice is to go all-in, bet on yourself because if you don’t, no one else will. Those six months will enhance your personal growth in ways you never imagined possible, and the sooner you step out of your own way – easier said than done, I know – the sooner you get to embrace the level’d up version of yourself. When all is said and done, you are your biggest roadblock. In other words, be more afraid of not living up to your potential and achieving your dream life than you are of the fear of others’ opinions.
2. How have you grown on a personal level as a Graduate Student from Inner Glow Circle?
Personally, I can’t truly express the ways I’ve grown during and since graduating from IGC. I walked away from a family business that was, ultimately, doing me more harm than good. In doing so, I repurposed that energy into creating and running my first-ever group program – it was so much fun! I’ve also begun to rebuild the affected relationships. I’ve rediscovered my spirituality and created the confidence to speak my truth without shame. After relaxing and releasing the stress around what I’m “supposed” to do, I am planning a cross-country move with my boyfriend because natural alignment came into play. On the whole, I am re-building relationships that are worth having (instead of running away from them as I would have 3 years ago) and walking away from ones that are no longer in my best interest. Every day, I am becoming a better partner and fur-mama and working on my patience when my fur-son inevitably suffers from selective hearing and bolts after a cat *insert upside down smiley face here* Basically, I came home to myself, after a very long time traveling down the wrong road.
3. Share something that you are currently working on personally or professionally…
Personally, I’m working on a move across the country (miles away from where I thought we were headed, honestly)! Professionally, I’m focusing on creating a 2-fold, 6-month group coaching program to launch next year, called Level’d Up.
4. What is something you loved about Coach Training and Leaders Rising?
There were so many things I loved in coach training. My top three would be mentor coaching, partner coaching, and weekly accountability. I was blessed to work with both Charisma and Jaimie as mentors. Their styles and specialties were different which helped me to embrace who I am as a coach, especially when it looks different from others. For example, while working with Charisma, she would often say “I’m processing what you said” before responding and that gave me the confidence to do the same in my practice. I learned that not everything your client says requires a 2-second response time. Sometimes the most professional and productive thing to do is sit with the information momentarily. That knowledge, for me, is priceless. Partner coaching was a brilliant way to implement what we’d learned in class in real-time, allowing hands-on learners, like me, really refine, practice, and tweak our own coaching styles. As someone who is huge on accountability – like all of you reading this, I imagine – having a weekly check-in with like-minded individuals aided me in maintaining momentum over the six months of training.
5. What strategies have you taken to create visibility for yourself and your business?
I’m a big word-of-mouth person, so the strategy I LOVE to use is talking (if you know me, that’s not surprising either LOL). I bring it up every chance I get because, for me, it’s about changing the world, and I can only do that one conversation at a time.
6. How has IGC Continued to support you as a graduate student?
Man, it seems like IGC is always there. I’m blessed to be a part of the affiliate program and those monthly meetings with Sam are fabulous! I always leave feeling inspired, empowered and heard. To have been able to work with her in a one-off session is also dope, I highly recommend it. The Circle never fails to offer support when I need it as well. Being able to ask for and receive feedback on my first group program website was stellar.
7. What’s next for you?
As I write this, what’s next for me is my Monday night yoga class because there’s nothing like kicking off my week with a physical and mental realignment!