This is my Journey and what brought me to Career and Life Coaching.
I grew up in a divorced home with an unstable, single mother and uninvolved father.
Going to college was my escape. I was highly motivated and determined to travel and see the world. I started self-coaching myself with reading self-development books by people like Anthony Robbins, Sean Covey and Dale Carnegie. I watched inspirational movies of the time - Dead Poet Society, Field of Dreams and Rudy which shared themes like "carpe diem" - Live life to the fullest, faith, perseverance, and positive thoughts. Deep thinking and poetry became my way to process the world around me.
Feeling empowered after college, I joined the Peace Corps and was on my way. I spent 2 years abroad traveling and finding myself. I helped villages set-up community technology centers and set up English clubs. I fell in love with this work. I decided that I would pursue project management as a profession.
While abroad in Poland, I had several English clubs that gave me the freedom to discuss topics on current events and self-development themes. I enjoyed inspiring and encouraging young people to follow their hearts, live life to the fullest and go after their dreams.
When I returned, I married an old college friend who was super talented and creative - and I was again inspired to write poetry that he would turn into music and share with the world. But while working on community technology projects and finishing up grad school, I quickly found myself pregnant with an alcoholic and drug addict husband. I ended up in a domestic violent situation and had to flee for my life with my 6 month old son.
My career also struggled with months of working on my resume to interview after interview, moving from project to project but never really settling into any one company that seemed to fit. I really needed a confidant or mentor but I didn't have anyone to turn to for help in my professional life or personal. Throughout this time, I also dealt with the suicide of my father and the passing of my mother to cancer.
I went from thriving to surviving. With my confidence plummeted and struggling with chronic fatigue, I turned to God as a reference for how to fulfill my dream of having a loving, healthy and supportive family. Two years later I remarried the man of my dreams, Ron Allen and had a beautiful daughter. Together we developed ourselves professionally as freelance project managers and consultants working with a plethora of companies in the Pacific Northwest such as Microsoft and Boeing.
Our dreams soon expanded to the creative realm and now we own a business called The StoryMakers which offers photo/video production and coaching. Our mission is to help businesses and individuals express themselves in creative and meaningful ways. My husband is the photographer and videographer while I manage the operations and coaching.
My love for working with young people which was first sparked in the Peace Corps, has carried over to my current profession. I'm excited and committed to working with millennials. They are trying to find their place in the world and are often times in the beginning phase of their careers. They are struggling just like I did at their age. But they don't have to do it alone. I see it as an honor to be there to help shape their future during this critical time when they are making decisions about life purpose, struggling with getting their careers off the ground , self-confidence, relationships and wondering how God can help. Being your Career and Life Coach is where I'm most at home, this is my purpose.