Hi a little bit about me!
Prior to training as a life coach I had an extremely varied professional back ground working as a literacy/ numeracy tutor, personal trainer, beauty therapist as well as a personal assistant and those are just to name but a few! I have studied courses in marketing, hospitality, fitness, beauty, teaching, psychology, business studies and event and conference organising. I have worked with a wide variety of people – helping vast amounts of people to deal with life challenges and fulfil their goals. I would describe myself as a passionate and enthusiastic communicator with a vast background of both professional and personal experience.
Before my own life changing decision to retrain to be a life coach I was working as a personal assistant as well as a freelance make up artist. Being self-employed meant I was working long hours with hardly any time to spend with my family. My social life was non-existent , my heart wasn’t in my job, I was lethargic all the time because I wasn’t exercising and my diet was atrocious as I was snacking on the move. My life was completely out of balance. Although I loved being self-employed and all the benefits and rewards it brought; I realised I no longer had a passion for what I did. It was no longer a challenge and it didn’t feel meaningful. Worst of all I found myself working for a person who I felt didn’t value my contribution, as well as not being able to utilise all of my skills. It was no surprise to find that I had lost a lot of my confidence! I woke up one morning, stared in the mirror and was horrified to discover that I no longer recognised myself. Where had that vibrant confident woman with such a passion for life gone? After finally taking stock of my life I knew I wanted a career that would make a difference in people lives as well as my own – however I had no idea what that career was going to be. I looked at my 17-year-old daughter with her whole future mapped out and here was me at 37- years- old treading the treadmill. I think they say the average person has seven career changes and I think I had exceeded that so to find myself back at a cross roads didn’t sit well with me. Not only had I lost direction but at that particular stage in my life I felt as if I had become a spectator in my own life – powerless to turn things round.
I stumbled upon coaching by chance – I’d read articles about the amazing benefits of life coaching and wondered if I could use the techniques on myself to help me stay positive and focussed; so I could find the motivation to move forward. Comfort zones may feel good but it’s a bit like being in a prison… you wouldn’t want to stay incarcerated for ever!
So began my journey of self-improvement and self discovery. After reading lots of books, listening to tapes and enrolling on a BTEC life coaching course I suddenly had vision again and clarity of thought. The thought of embarking on a career that helped inspire me to be the best that I could be, whilst helping my clients to do the same, was what gave me the conviction and motivation to build my purpose around inspiring people to attract, change and enjoy their own goals, life and work.
M J Molloy