I run ‘Live Without Limits Ltd.’, a Developmental Coaching and Consultancy practice providing 121 coaching, training and event facilitation to individuals and businesses.
What inspired you to start your business?
A chance conversation that gave me much needed clarity and direction after 18 lonely, difficult and exceptionally frustrating months of trying to work out what I could do for me, whilst on my career break: returning to my old job wouldn’t work because the work-life balance was wrong and if I was to retrain, I wanted to do something I loved…the final piece of the jigsaw came over a coffee when someone said I was really good at helping people work through their issues and feel better about themselves, why didn’t I become a coach?! Finally, the breakthrough I so desperately needed had arrived: coaching incorporated my passion for helping and developing people, allowed me to build on so many of the skills I had developed during my 20 year career AND it would also work with the rest of my life. All the boxes were ticked!
What were you doing beforehand?
Besides being a SAHM, I’ve been working towards a part-time Masters in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes University. After my first degree, there was no way you’d have got me to go back to college, but it’s funny what happens when you do something you are passionate about: I have loved doing the course and I will really miss it when I’m finished. So far, I’ve completed the certificate and diploma stages and I am beginning my research for my dissertation. Before my career break I had worked for 10 years in Quality Management, leading, developing and establishing teams at a global pharmaceutical company and before that, I worked for 10 years at a global confectionery company!
How did you get started?
I’d already been trained in and practiced peer coaching for many years and when I became a manager, I continued to use those skills to develop my team, but I didn’t put my passion and skills together until someone independent helped me spot the link! I then wanted to become the best coach I could be and decided on going back to Uni to get the best breadth of knowledge of current practice and leading-edge research in the field before I decided on the area of coaching I was most interested in.
What has been the greatest challenge so far?
Describing what coaching is succinctly! Coaching is many things to many people but at its core it is about helping people develop and improve in the best way for them.
And the greatest success?
Without question, it’s when I see the people I coached 12 months ago, still walking taller and with a confidence they didn’t think possible, that fills me with joy.
What’s a ‘normal’ day for you?Ha ha, there isn’t one!
How do you stay productive, motivated and at the top of your game?
Seeing the lovely people I have coached do amazing things they wouldn’t have done before.
Do you have any tips for others?
Life is too short to be unhappy, uncertain or indecisive: be honest with yourself and you will be happier.If you’re thinking about trying a coach, find someone you like: at least 70% of what you achieve is because of your relationship.
AND JUST FOR FUN….
Which part of the Chilterns do you live in?Chalfont St Giles.
What do you love most about where you live?I feel I belong here and there is such an amazing community, it’s brilliant.
Favourite thing to do at the weekend?Going for long walks with my husband, kids and our dog, Nigel.
Favourite way to relax?Long distance walking: the peace, the views, the challenge.
Skype: Live Without Limits Ltd.Phone: 07938 826610