I just realized that I hit my one year anniversary of being a coach (it’s amazing how fast a year can slip by–stop growing up Caleb!) and I wanted to take some time to reflect a bit on this past year.
Some backstory for context–I had researched coaching for a few weeks before I finally worked up the nerve to tell Ben I was interested in this (half-hoping he’d dissuade me if I’m being honest), and being the awesome guy he is, said I should go for it. The thought just wouldn’t leave the back of my mind for some reason, and even though I was terrified I knew I needed to actually take the leap. (What actually is coaching? You can see the different options here)
(Let me pause here and say that this is not something that anyone should be actually terrified of!)
I am a private person. I posted on social media maybe every couple weeks and if I did it was pictures of my family. I was scared of what people would think of me. I was scared of being vulnerable. I was scared I wouldn’t have anything to offer or be mis-understood. I knew how much my life had changed (and not just physically) since becoming a healthier version of myself and I knew other moms and women would love the same opportunity, but I became so nervous when it came to ME sharing it! All the excuses you can imagine I had–and I am so thankful that I was stronger than them.
Vulnerability is scary, but when we open up our life and risk what others will think, it gives us a platform to share God’s love, to be relatable and to make a difference. And honestly, those who are negative toward you are not really people you want in your life anyways, right?!
Here’s what I have learned in the last year:
When you are authentic and sincere, people can see that. I was so worried that people would think I wanted to constantly sell, when in reality I wanted to share how a very busy working mom with not a lot of time or money could make healthy changes for her family. Also, there is so much that is fake or photoshopped, so while sharing a “sweaty selfie” may seem silly to some, I think that showing real life and struggles is what we need to see more of!
Positivity is encouraging (duh!) There is so much negativity everywhere right now. Being able to bring a positive voice to the table and encourage others has meant the world to me. For all the negatives of social media, it’s also a pretty powerful tool to be able to reach so many more than my daily life does. Getting a message from someone just thanking my for providing them some motivation means the world to me.
People are watching. Putting myself out there (as intimidating as it has been) has been the most helpful thing in keeping me accountable! To show up every day, to share meal plans or recipes and show that you can absolutely enjoy chocolate while still being healthy. Knowing others are watching keeps me motivated to set an example, not just for my family, but also my coaches and challengers along with anyone else who cares! I have become in so much better shape since deciding to coach and I know it’s because I have to practice what I preach!
Leaps of faith are blessings: This past year has been full of a lot of challenges for us as a family, but this leap of faith in so many ways has been one of the biggest blessings. Financially being able to pay off some debt, have daycare covered, and being able to pay for unexpected medical expenses has been more freeing than I can put into words (read more about this here). And if you’re driven like I am, the satisfaction of having built something from the ground up is something I am SO proud of!
Live into your Strengths: By nature I am and always have been highly driven/motivated/competitive so this has been such a great fit in providing me an arena to grow even more in those areas since this is a business that you build how YOU want to. I also thrive off of learning and being challenged, so even though it’s come at the expense of some late nights, learning and growing in some of the practical sides such as social media metrics, blogging, etc, has been a lot of fun for me and helped keep me fresh. Ultimately though I have always loved helping and serving. Being able to give back a little of what I have received and help other women feel confident, beautiful, strong, and have energy to keep up with their own kids means the world to me.
I have been blown away by the opportunities this company has afforded me and stepping outside (majorly!) of my comfort zone has proven to be a growing experience like none other. The income has absolutely been amazing (more on that here), but the friends I’ve made, skills I’ve developed, and resiliency that I have discovered within have been just as impactful. We all want to make a difference and live a meaningful life, and choosing to share my story and be vulnerable has allowed me to open up my small world into an even bigger purpose.
If this is something you’re tossing around or considering, I would love to give you more info (no strings attached, promise!). I think it’s a great fit for mamas at home who want to re-engage with a professional world and feel like they have another role, those looking for more accountability and support for their own goals, those looking to actually build a business and bring in an extra income (that can replace a professional one!), or even just if you love helping people and want to do that within a community! You can see more info on coaching here, so please reach out to me (don’t be scared like I was!) and we can chat about if this is a good fit for you.
Ultimately, I hope my past year has encouraged even one person to step outside their fears and realize how much strength they do have– that you can do hard things and that God provides for your EVERY need!
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