My Coaching story

Here’s a little story about “mess” and “success”…

“In 2005 I was sitting in a Brighton café with a friend chatting about life, the universe, and all that jazz, and I had an unexpected vision of myself working as a Yoga Teacher and Life Coach… whoa… reverse, rewind – where did that come from? I was loving life as a freedom-loving Freelance Journalist, being paid to travel, interview, review and write features.

Then, just a few months after this revelation, my dear wonderful mother, one of my best friends and allies, passed away unexpectedly and all of a sudden my lifestyle felt frivolous and meaningless. I felt an urgent need to explore who I really was – put simply, it was time for a date with my Spirit/Higher Self.

I set off to India and completed a Yoga Teacher Training intensive. Fast forward to present day and I’ve been teaching and working as a Reiki III therapist, growing Karmiyoga since 2007, while continuing to write about health, wellbeing, yoga and travel.

But three years ago another major life event threw me off course. A joyful pregnancy followed by miscarriage completely took the wind out of my sails. The grief of my mother tied into the grief I felt for the child I’d never meet, and for the romantic relationship which under such stress, inevitably broke down.

I felt like I was completely ‘undone’. The whole experience could have broken me (in my darkest hours, it felt like it had) and I could have gone on a journey of self-destruction, pushing all the emotions down to avoid dealing with the pain that seemed to be never-ending. Or – I could bravely look my pain, despair and depression in the eye, roll out my Yoga mat and breathe, and learn, and grow from the experience.

I chose the latter and it was during this time the second part of my earlier “Vision” became realised. Through regular sessions with my Life Coach I found that however challenging and awful it seems at the time, there’s always a silver lining. As I went deeper on my inner journey to know and understand myself I was encouraged to undertake the Life Coaching training and I’m sharing my story because a good Coach once said to me; ‘It’s our mess that is our success’ and I can’t help agreeing with her.

Tea and a chat?

Lets meet for a tea and chat. You can tell me your greatest frustrations right now, and how this affects your life, health, energy, sleep, income. Upwardly Conscious Coaching is anchored in my own life experiences, and merges my background in Yoga & Mindfulness, Metta, Self-care and Compassion, with the tried and tested practical applied Coaching techniques (NLP, time-management and goal setting strategies).

I’m currently supporting people as they navigate around obstacles/challenges, overwhelm, helping them find creative solutions to have more time in the day to do more of the things they love to do, making their goals happen. So if you’re drawn to explore your values and what’s most important to you, or whatever else is on your mind contact me for a complimentary initial session (over the phone, or over a cup of tea if you’re local). You can buy the tea (I’m partial to a strong/milky Breakfast blend or a soothing Rose/Camomile infusion!), I’ll do the listening, and provide some life coaching mastery.”

Sarah x