AD – This post contains gifted services but all thoughts and opinions are my own
The last two years have been some of the most transforming years of my life. And I feel like that growth and transformation has been accelerated this year thanks to the help of other people’s experience and expertise in the form of coaching. Life coaching isn’t something I’d ever considered before 2020 but after having such incredible experiences with it, it’s something I’m unlikely to consider NOT having going forward.
To me, 2020 felt like the perfect time to delve into coaching. After my almost decade long battle with an anxiety disorder, which I have thankfully battled through and come out of the other side. Summer 2019 was the turning point, after breaking down in the nurses office and finally coming to terms with the fact that whilst my anxiety was “better”, I wasn’t progressing any further. I had hit a wall and I needed help breaking through it.
And I sure as heck wasn’t going to sit behind that wall forever.
So I went back to therapy, took anxiety medication for the first time and suddenly, my life exploded. I was doing things and experiencing things I hadn’t been able to do in 8 years. I felt like myself for the first time in forever. And in December 2019, I was officially undiagnosed with anxiety.
So as 2020 rolled around, it was ALL about self growth for me. And I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with 2 amazing coaches this year which has skyrocketed my self growth and confidence. I know life coaching can seem a bit woo to some people but I truly believe it’s not something you can judge until you’ve experienced it yourself.
My experience with Lauren Iles Coaching
I contacted Lauren back in October, when I saw her post in a bloggers Facebook group, asking if anyone would like free coaching sessions in exchange for blog content. This was RIGHT off the back of the first month of coaching I did, so in my own way, I kinda felt like this came to me at the perfect time.
Lauren Iles Coaching works in an interesting way and it allowed me to open my mind and soul to things within a different medium than I’ve done in the past. I had 3 sessions, the first one focusing on my current reality, my second one focusing on my ideal (in my instance, I honed in on my blogging career) and in the final session we worked on my struggles with self confidence and self worth.
Something which I knew I struggled with but nowhere NEAR to the degree that I uncovered in this session with Lauren.
Each session was taken via Facebook video chat and lasted one hour, which was ample time to go through everything and more with Lauren. She also set tasks for me to do between sessions, which included drawing my current reality, which was an interested experience as I can’t remember the last time I did any drawing prior to that!
Lauren herself was absolutely lovely and incredibly easy to open up to. Particularly in the final session where I REALLY opened up about some things I was struggling with, Lauren made it very clear to me that it was okay to be honest with her and with myself and that nothing I was saying made me sound like a bad person.
It felt INCREDIBLE to get so much off my chest in that final session and I honestly felt like a whole weight had been lifted. In just three short sessions, we really got into some stuff that I had clearly buried quite deep as I didn’t even know they were as much of an issue as they are.
But again, Lauren made me feel safe and reassured me that these feelings were normal. She works in a very particular way which is structured but doesn’t feel like it. How each session was designed and what we spoke about flowed seamlessly into the next, peeling back layer after layer of areas of my life I need and want to work on.
Lauren Iles Coaching is also a much more affordable option than others I’ve seen and she also has the credentials to back up her work – which is SO important for something like this. She also offers you a FREE session, to make sure it works for you before you commit.
I really couldn’t recommend Lauren enough, so if you feel like:
- You’re stuck in the same place and unable to move forward
- You need to take more control of your life but you’re not sure were to start
- You need to start a new healthier relationship with YOURSELF
then you need to book yourself in for a free session because you won’t regret it and Lauren is exactly the type of person you need to help you move through the sticky muddy waters and get to where you WANT to be.
5 reasons to consider coaching in 2021:
Now that I’ve shared my own experience with this particular coaching, I’d like to share some reasons why you SHOULD consider coaching in the New Year. Especially if you’re someone who’s a little skeptical – which is totally fine.
You have someone to hold you accountable: Accountability can be a HUGE problem for many people. You have the vision, you have the goals but the procrastination always gets in the way. Having a life coach eliminates this from your life as you have that accountability you need from them to actually DO THE THING.
You get a different perspective on your life and problems: Explaining your situation, life and problems to someone you don’t know is enlightening because they have a completely different perspective from you. And once you hear their perspective, yours starts to change as well.
It will help you create goals, intentions and a PLAN: Perhaps you’re the opposite of the first point and you have the motivation but you just don’t have the vision or the plan to back it up. This is where a life coach can be AMAZING, in helping you create that plan for your future.
It will allow you to connect on a deeper level with another human being: This is one element of coaching I didn’t realise I’d love so much. And which I’ve felt with both of the coaches I’ve met and learned from this year. Getting real and vulnerable with another human being is a magical feeling.
It will feel fu**ing empowering: I’ve not felt more empowered than I have this year, when I actually invested TIME and MONEY in myself. Coming out of each coaching session feels like I’ve just won the lottery and looking back on what I’ve achieved from them is incredible. Do you want that feeling too?
There are so many other reasons why a life coach could be the way forward for you in 2021. I hope you enjoyed reading my experience with Lauren Iles Coaching and don’t forget to check out her website and book your FREE session to see if it’s something for you! Have you ever done life coaching before? Is it something you would consider?