My Coaching Story
Present. Compassionate. Supportive.
I don’t think I took a full breath until I turned 26.
Being raised in evangelical Christianity felt like being squeezed and pressed into a very small space, so cramped you can’t breath, and then being required to pretend like it’s easy and light, and keeping a smile on my face.
It took awhile after I had let the idea of hell go to realize that I could breathe. And I started breathing deeper and deeper. Breathing in the free air, breathing without restriction. Filling my lungs with air, my chest, all the way down to my toes.
I feel like I’ve just kept expanding, and I’m not done yet. It’s like a beautiful relief to melt and grow.
About seven years ago I started to realize that what I wanted from life was much bigger than the space I was living within. I wanted to love deeply and accept all people, including myself, and the religious upbringing I had, left no room for acceptance. I was so incredibly tired. I was tired of believing I was broken and bad. I was tired of working desperately hard to change and getting nowhere.
I was raised a strict Evangelical Christian, spending most of my childhood in Southern Baptist churches, and a Nazarene High School. I was homeschooled prior. In grades K-12 I memorized over a third of the bible, word for word, in a program called AWANA.
I went on to get my Bachelors in Theology at a bible college and then spent time working for them.
Slowly, and with a lot of mistakes and exciting discoveries, I began to move away from beliefs that had kept me quiet and cooperative.
I was terrified. Terrified to consider that what I had given my entire life, and every waking moment to, might not be true. There might be other valid ways of viewing the world.
Through this process I found that I was incredibly good at holding space for the in-between. Holding space for the undecided, and the not knowing. I became truly comfortable sitting with uncertainty. For myself, and for others. This led me to coaching.
I am incredibly passionate about holding space for women, and non-binary folk, who are ready to learn to trust themselves deeply, and to lean on their own intuition and inner wisdom. I love helping those who have left or are leaving religion behind to dive deep and discover their own values, create boundaries, and build the lives of purpose they dream of.
I love incorporating Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and other spiritual practices that are not religious into my coaching, writing, and life.
I graduated from Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy in Australia and am currently accepting one on one clients.