a milestone

by Joanna on July 30, 2014

In a few minutes, I’ll lead my first coaching group call. I feel like I’m on the edge of something really big. Something that marks the beginning of something really great and new. The realization of a dream I’ve been working toward for 2 years. I want to take a minute to take it all in. I want to acknowledge all of the love that has gotten me to this point.

It started with my friends not laughing when I timidly tested the waters of this crazy thing by saying “I think I want to be a coach” before I really even knew what coaching was.

My family and Mike’s family not really knowing what coaching was or how the heck it’d ever pay my bills but going along with it anyway.

It was colleagues at my full-time job checking in to see how things were going and asking me to bring my skills to our full-time work.

My husband who has supported this big crazy dream emotionally and financially through the intense highs and lows, times of self-confidence and extreme bouts of self-doubt.

The coaches in my cohort that acknowledged my wide range of emotions as a gift for the first time, and lauded me for it.

The teachers that encouraged me to tap into my intuition and empathy–one of the biggest strengths I bring to my coaching practice.

Friends, coworkers, and strangers that let me practice on them.

My first clients that trusted me to help them believe in themselves.

It was big things like these words from my mom when I started doubting and questioning that this whole dream would even work: “Oh, it will work. Coaching works. You’re different now because of it.”

But it was smaller things too. Like Facebook likes. Or someone saying “that’s great!” when I shared literally the smallest possible advancement in this.

I can’t tell you how all of these doses of encouragement impacted me.

Thank you, all of you.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa July 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm



2 Joanna August 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

Thanks, Lisa!


3 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy July 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Congratulations!! It’s inspiring that you were able to go after your dream!


4 Joanna August 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

Thanks so much, Emily!


5 linda July 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I am so very proud of you. As you said, we didn’t know how it would work in the real world, but look at you………..you’re doing it!!!!! Mom


6 Joanna August 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

Thanks, Mom!


7 Sara @ Simply Sara Travel August 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

This is wonderful, Joanna! I’m sure you will be a great coach! It’s inspiring that you followed your dream and took risks to get where you are now 2 years later :-) Good luck!


8 Joanna August 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

Thanks so much, Sara!


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