As a daycare teacher, I once had a toddler bite my butt. My guess is she was as frustrated about being there as I was but didn’t have the words to say so.
As a receptionist at a fancy country club in L.A., I worked Friday and Saturday nights, which meant my social life was limited to listening to the music at other people’s parties. I’d sit at my desk, trying to lose myself in a book so I could block out the sounds of that damn “Macarena” song and everyone else having way more fun than me.
Neither the daycare nor the country club were horrible places to work, they just sooo weren’t for me. I spent most of my days feeling angry, sad, and trapped (and not just because I had to wait for someone to come cover for me before I could take a bathroom break).
Most of the time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do next, just that something needed to change. Over and over, I thought I’d finally figured it out and would throw myself into researching a new career path; however, within a couple months, I would suddenly lose interest and go back to being just as lost as ever.
Part of the problem was that I’d also lost my voice. I’d keep my opinions to myself because I didn’t want to hurt someone else or cause any kind of conflict or backlash. I often wouldn’t speak up for what I wanted (or didn’t want) because I felt like it wouldn’t help, like what I said didn’t matter. And the longer I stuffed that voice down, the deeper it got buried until it reached the point that I’d shut myself off from being able to hear it, too.
Slowly but surely, though, I found my voice and my way. How? Lots of trial and error combined with lots of soul searching plus lots of luck. But what really accelerated things was finding Martha Beck, PhD, master life coach, bestselling author, and regular O, The Oprah Magazine columnist. The tools I learned in her books and her intensive life coach training program not only helped me get clear on who I am and what I want but gave me the confidence and skills to go after my dreams.
That doesn’t mean I’m not still figuring stuff out about myself—that’s a lifelong process. And it doesn’t mean everything comes easily, either. There are still plenty of obstacles that come up along the way. The difference is that now I know how to deal with them in a much healthier, more productive way than, for example, ignoring them and hoping they go away.
In addition to being a life coach, I’m also a writer with over 10 years of professional experience. My favorite part of my experience as a professional writer was inspiring creativity and leading dozens of fun workshops, lectures, and quick-hit activities to help people get and keep creativity flowing.
Between my life experiences and my life coach training, I know how to help you get clearer on how you want to live your life, what you need to say, and the ways to make your dreams happen. And I promise that as you listen more closely to your inner GPS along your journey, your frustration and desire to shatter large quantities of breakables will give way to a sense of empowerment, clarity, and freedom.
High recommendations for Katie Baron, life coach. I have been *stuck* and treading water both personally and professionally; thanks to my work with Katie, I am not only determining why Iíve been in stasis (ďAh-hah!Ē), but also coming up with viable plans for getting unstuck and moving forward with my life. And I am taking steps every day to do so. Thank you, Katie! -L
Katie is an inspiring life coach who has helped me think about feelings, relationships, and issues in new ways. Her guidance has given me clarity, a stronger sense of purpose, and a new awareness of myself. I appreciate Katieís support for many reasons. She has helped me to be appropriately assertive and she has encouraged me to stay focused on my goals. Thanks Katie! -J