What really makes me effective at helping my clients is who I am and how I work.
What motivates me and makes me good at this work is what I’m passionate about. I am incredibly aware of whether these things are and are not happening. It drives me a little bit bonkers when I notice them not happening, and I get very excited when I notice that they are…
I started Fogdog Coaching & Consulting as a full-time business in early 2013. I also moved to Maine the same day. Both decisions were the best I’ve ever made. I am deeply passionate about the work that I do and love the variety of working with different businesses and individuals with varying situations, needs, gifts and goals. And I really enjoy working with clients locally in Maine and across the country and even internationally. I absolutely love living in Maine. It is truly where I belong and after years of moving around a lot, I don’t have any plans to leave. Also, if you’ve never been to Portland, you should visit. This is an incredible city.
I’ve been a coach since early 2012, but really I’ve been a coach my whole life, I just didn’t get the training and start offering it as a paid service until more recently in life. I became a coach after a pretty serious life transition of my own. I had been working in marketing, advertising and brand strategy for almost 10 years and I was very successful. I was rapidly moving up the ladder, landing and maintaining huge clients, managing teams, driving change, and building businesses. But, despite the fact that I was experiencing all of the success I had been working my whole life to achieve, I was experiencing a friction that I couldn’t understand – I wasn’t happy, I was incredibly stressed, and I just felt “off.”
I made the drastic decision to quit my job without a plan and take some time off, during which I did a lot of soul searching and realized I had spent my whole life trying to be the best at everything (best daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, student, athlete, employee, manager, etc.) and had done a pretty good job at all of them, but I had veered off the path of who I was and what I really wanted pretty early on in life. From there, I was able to really consider who I actually was and what I actually wanted. And the result was the realization that I loved talking to people about their struggles and I loved helping them move forward. I had been doing this forever – with friends, with employees, with peers and even with my bosses. When I was helping others, I was energized and lit up. I had been coaching all along, I just didn’t realize it.
And as they say, “the rest is history,” although what an unexpected history (in the best way possible) it became and continues to be. I was guided to places, people and experiences that I never could have dreamed for myself, including training with Martha Beck, which opened up doors, ideas and parts of myself I had cut off long ago. I have connected with myself, my gifts and my purpose in the most profound way and continue to grow and evolve constantly, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Like so many of my clients, I never could have imagined that this is where my life and career would take me. But I can say with complete confidence that this is better than anything I could have ever dreamed. I absolutely love my work and I am so much more aligned with my purpose, passion, values and gifts.