That Time I Accidentally Hired a Life Coach
Did I ever tell you the story of how I accidentally hired my first coach?
Here’s what happened.
I had heard of this woman about town, Sarah Olin, who taught a type of yoga called kundalini, and who was also something called a “life coach.” Sarah and I met over coffee to talk about yoga, life, and NYC- she had recently moved from there, and I was fresh out of a relationship with a man from there.
As we chatted, I casually asked about this life coach stuff. “What is it, anyway?”
Her response: “Oh! It’s amazing. Tough to describe; better experienced to really ‘get it.’ Do you want to try a session sometime?”
“Sure.” I shrugged. Why not? I was in the midst of quite a bit of life change, and figured it couldn’t hurt.
So we hopped on the phone, and in 30 minutes, I walked away with what felt to me like the equivalent of multiple therapy sessions. Not only had I generated insight into one of my most habitual patterns, but I also had specific action steps and practices to apply to my life right away. I was shocked.
Then, Sarah asked me if I was interested in continuing with coaching. She had a small group starting in a couple weeks, and a spot was open. Given my experience so far, OF COURSE I wanted to continue. But all I saw were dollar signs. “I can’t afford it,” I told her.
That wasn’t true.
What WAS true is that I wasn’t used to investing in my wellbeing. I was used to only spending money on “good girl” things: rent, insurance, groceries, retirement savings. I had the money; I just wasn’t accustomed to investing in myself in that way. But the truth was, I knew coaching was the next right step for me, even though it scared me. By the end of our call, I took a deep breath, trusted my gut, and paid that first invoice.
The rest, as they say, is history. Because I said yes, I was able to completely reconfigure my life. Because I said yes, I was able to let go of past relationships; let go of countless disempowering stories about myself, other people, and the world; and recreate how I see myself and the world.
Here’s why I’m sharing this with you: