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Why I Chose Life Coaching

I had been off of work on a sick leave for a year when I realized that I would no longer be able to handle the rigors of my position as an adult educator. I felt a lot of remorse about having to resign from a coveted position. I always felt that I would work for as long as physically possible even if I worked until I was 100, (okay, maybe not until 100), but here I am at 55. At 55, I not only was leaving my current job but I felt doubtful that I would be able work again. So, I took early retirement. I thought to myself: ok, I’m retired, with health problems -now what?

Fortunately I had spent the year of my medical leave wisely. I began journaling, reading daily reflections and practicing meditation and guided imagery. I took advantage of the area resources for healing by attending free classes for people with chronic illness, participating in support groups, yoga, and warm water exercise classes. I had the opportunity to sample complimentary healing techniques such as energy healing and dream work. Additionally I had some sessions with a life coach.

  • The time spent during that year was well spent. I realized:
  • That looking back is not helpful, talking about what I “used to” be able do is counterproductive.
  • My time would be better spent focusing on learning how to live as I am now.
  • The importance of living in the present moment/practice mindfulness.
  • How essential it is to listen to my body so as not to overdo and
  • Most importantly the value creating a balanced life.

These life lessons have made a big difference in my life. For someone with a chronic illness, balance is essential. In the beginning I wanted to try everything, which I did, but doing everything increased my fatigue. Once I made the decision to alternate activities to allow for rest time, my days became much more productive- even if the day was spent resting up for the next day’s activities.

I have learned so much these past two years as well as throughout my career. Sharing what I have learned is so important to me, but the health challenges I experience put limitations on what I can actually handle physically. It took a lot of soul searching and research but eventually I came up with three ways that I can use the skills I have always had (see my bio) and combine them the life lessons I have learned.

The first venue I used to illustrate what I have learned on my wellness journey was the internet – I started a blog about some of the life lessons I have learned. You can access the blog through the links section on this site.

Secondly, after participating in various support groups I decided to undergo training in support group facilitation. This training is still in progress. Once this training is completed my goal is to offer small group coaching sessions. Stay tuned for details.

And lastly, if you haven’t already figured it out, I decided to become a Life Coach. The sessions in which I worked with Life Coaches were very beneficial for two reasons: they helped me get to the core of what goals I needed to set for myself and two, they held me accountable so that I would eventually reach my goals. These coaching sessions made me realize that coaching was exactly the venue in which I could, in fact, use the knowledge and skills I already have and combine them with the new information and skills I have recently acquired. It was the perfect match!

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Lena Horne

for Lori’s Professional bio visit: http://lorikatz.efoliomn.com/


A New Venture

New Venture

Living with a chronic illness is always a challenge.  For me, it meant leaving a career that I loved and  retiring at age 55.  I never wanted to retire – thinking I would work forever.  Since then I have been searching for a purpose, or a job that I could do where I didn’t have to worry about  being fired when  I had to call in sick frequently because of a flare-up or a sleepless night or  a job where I would only have to work 1-2 hours at a time and those hours have to be during my “best” times of the day. My first endeavor was starting this blog. Which I enjoy,  but what else can I do?

I decided to learn the art of Life Coaching. I was excited about making this decision, but disappointment set in when it seemed that my options for schooling were not tailored to someone with Fibromyalgia.  The initial programs i researched  were either taught at night ( I am not alert enough at night to drive let alone stay awake) or as marathon 3 day weekend sessions once a month ( I’d be lucky if i made it past the first couple of hours.)  Then I discovered that I could receive the training  once a week over the telephone.

This  is program and profession are a  perfect match for me.  Once I complete the course I can be my own boss and work with clients by phone.  I will be able limit my hours so as not to cause flare-ups of my Fibro.  It meets all of my criteria. for a part-time career that I can be passionate.

Related Article:  http://roots2blossom.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/could-my-life-be-too-boring-for-me/#comment-1337

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