BY McKenzie Riepen
Having a life coach has been a completely transformative experience. When I began meeting with Certified Integral Coach, Shannon Haddaway, I knew that I had work to do, but had no idea how much growth I had the power to manifest in my life, nor how much I had strayed from my spiritual path.
If you’re not sure what a life coach is, Shannon describes it beautifully in a blog post here, including the difference between a therapist and a coach. And while I was familiar with therapy, before I started meeting with Shannon, I had no idea what a life coach was or what to expect. I just knew I was in need of some guidance, but didn’t know where to start.
From my experience, coaching takes on a completely integrated approach to dissecting personal, spiritual, mental, physical and emotional goals and assignments.
After my first session it was clear, I had misplaced my voice and felt as if I was floating along aimlessly. As I look back over the course of seven months, I have seen growth in all of those aforementioned areas:
- I have transitioned jobs where I now work from home—offering me more balance with my teaching schedule.
- I learned to journal multiple times a day as a way to express myself and also, check in on each of those areas.
- I have learned to cope with a family loss and utilize my incredible support network.
- I was guided and made it a priority to attend a mini spiritual retreat with one of my favorite authors and inspirations, Gabrielle Bernstein.
- I’ve taken chances to travel more, get more connected to nature and explore my passions.
- Most importantly, I regained my voice that felt lost and was guided back on my spiritual path.
From exploring my purpose to learning about enneagram types, embodiment, journaling and reading across multiple subjects, I have gained such a different perspective and outlook on life that was with me all along. I just needed someone to show me the light and the way.
During our last session together, I could barely hold back the tears of joy and pride for doing this work. I am incredibly grateful for Shannon’s leadership and support throughout this process and know that this work is ever-evolving. Much like our yoga, it’s a constant practice and the tools I’ve learned through my coaching have been and will continue to be invaluable.
If you’re feeling disconnected or ungrounded, meeting with a coach is a beautiful opportunity for learning how to connect to your source and act from what is true.