This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6
I’m just going to be honest here and and admit I initially balked at the idea of a coach or mentor. I had been dealing with all flavors of mental health workers for decades so I thought after I did all my healing work, I was good to go. I could go start my new life on my own with nobody’s help. It soon occurred to me, I was very misguided. See, I had spent so many years dealing with mental illness, I thought I would struggle with it for the rest of my life. Well, I got better and had to change my course. I no longer structured my life around psychiatrist and therapy appointments. So I wondered, “What do I do now?” I didn’t need therapy, however, I could use coaching to discover my next step steps and purpose in life.
I had to change my mindset from the mental patient to whole person who has a purpose in this life beyond merely surviving and existing. I slowly learned to make choices and take steps in order to create or reinvent myself by working with coaches. As I opened myself up to coaching, my life slowly transformed into ways I never imagined nor dreamed. I learned how to trust my intuition, accept, believe in, and love myself; I have a voice and stories to share with the world. I have already worked with some wonderful, talented, very patient, and compassionate coaches. Did I mention patient? I’m very thankful to the coaches I’ve worked with so far.
However, I would love to ask Loretta LaRoche, author and stress management consultant, how she got to started in that work, and can be so lighthearted around serious people? Many years ago, while I was deep into depression, I read some of her books. Her books inspired me to use humor to handle the stresses of life. She is funny and hilarious. It’s really hard to stay stressed and depressed while reading her books or watching her videos. I’ve also always wanted to meet her, give her a hug, and say thank you.