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Happy Hump Day, Dear Readers.

I come from a long line of stubborn people. Even when she could barely breathe and was carting an oxygen tank along, my grandmother still insisted on taking care of her farm by herself. Is it any surprise  I struggle with letting someone carry a bag for me?

Still, I acknowledge that there are times when it just makes sense to ask for help. As much as I’d like to live on an island, I’m not one of them, and if figuring things out for myself doesn’t work, it’s time to go to an expert. An expert doesn’t have to have fancy credentials, in my opinion. I’m sure you’re surrounded by awesome people who are experts in many things, and if you’re smart, you learn what you can from each of them.

One of my favorite bloggers of all time is Kyla Roma. Kyla never fails to inspire me because she was brave enough to leave an unfulfilling day job to achieve her creative dreams (sound familiar?). And even though she’s working full-time on her own design business now, she’s still striving to find other ways of being creative. I make a point of reading all of her posts, and I always discover something new.

Her last post included an offer from a life coach. I’ve never considered working with a “life coach” before…I’m not sure why. But lately I’ve been restless and searching for something. While I love working for myself and am grateful every single day that I’ve made this move, it’s not perfect (of course not). I see the potential to get completely absorbed by my day-to-day freelance assignments and never work on my fiction writing, which was the whole point of striking off on my own. And even though I work from home, I still feel like I’m always behind the eight ball. There’s so much more that I want to accomplish that never seems to get done, from the extraordinary to the mundane (‘call doctor’ has been on my to-do list now for over two months).

Can I figure out the problem on my own? Some of it is attributable to that all-consuming distraction, Facebook. That much I know. But I’m very excited to begin working with Ashley of Super Awesome Life this coming Monday. I’ve never had an objective, completely invested person take a hard look at my goals, my responsibilities, and my daily schedule with an eye to seeing where the problems lie. I’m a bit skeptical but also hugely optimistic about the potential. I know where I want to go–I just need a little help finding the right path.

Have you ever worked with a life coach? If so, what was your experience like? What were the results? Would you do it again?

I’ll keep you posted on how the process works for me. Happy Wednesday!

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  1. MzTree

    I like the idea of a life coach, but have never worked with one. I signed up for Ashley’s newsletter, I’m interested to read about your experience when you post about it.
    I love your blog Holli, glad you are following your dreams, it inspires me to do the same.

  2. Story Teller

    Thanks so much, MzTree. Your comment is very flattering to me, because I have always found you to be so inspiring. You’re one of the most awesome people I know!

    I’m also glad to hear that I can still be inspiring while admitting I’m struggling with certain aspects of this process. It’s not perfect, but by admitting that, hopefully I can help others who find themselves in a similar place.

    I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!

  3. Zsanett

    Just recently I was browsing the internet to read about/find life coaches. Please let me know how your session goes and how much you have to pay because that’s definitely a factor for me.

  4. Story Teller

    Well, until May 31, Ashley is offering a “pay what you want deal”, which is exactly that. It’s a great opportunity to try her services for what you can afford.

    In order to make my decision, I spoke to Kyla, Ashley, and another client of Ashley’s. What I heard was enough to help me make up my mind. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!

  5. Michelle D. Argyle

    Wow, I’ve never even heard of a life coach before. How interesting! I wish you the best of luck with that and I look forward to hearing more about it too.

  6. Story Teller

    Thanks, Michelle. I hope she can help me pinpoint what’s going wrong and how to fix it, although I fear it will go something like this…

    “You take on too much freelance work and should scrap Facebook altogether.”

    Tell me something I don’t know! 🙂


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