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I felt there was more to life, so why wasn’t I doing something about it?

I was on the hamster wheel, spinning and spinning and making no progress! I took ‘opportunities’ I didn’t really want because I felt that’s what I ought to do. It was expected, it would be ‘silly’ not to give it a go.

It’s only when my values and the new managements values clearly were not going to align did I have to surrender. Even then, I looked at and applied for other traditional jobs, I was ready to ‘start again’ and have a lower wage, but that’s not what I REALLY wanted.

So how did I end up becoming a life coach?

I’d been avoiding the obvious for long enough to know that I really wanted to work for myself. I always had. At an earlier stage when I was unhappy in my job, I became a qualified Personal Trainer, but there was something about it that was not working for me. I love my health and fitness, but instilling that into other people was a different thing. Their minds needed changing. I believed in my clients and their potential, but why wouldn’t they believe in themselves?

I had been there though. I once worked 12/13 hour days and still hadn’t finished at work. I literally collapsed at home to eat a ton of rubbish, sleep and then do it all again. I was miserable. I hadn’t got time to look after myself or have my own interests, I had SO MUCH WORK. I needed my sleep.

Then what happened?

I changed my mind.

Simply put. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. So I know how changing your mind will change your life.

Becoming a Personal Trainer amongst other things, led me to a few other challenges along my way. How was I going to jump from a wage to making enough to sustain my business and pay the bills? I was trying to work around my existing job, but people’s commitment to health or themselves just didn’t appear to be there and I had such limited time for anything. Not only that, but the corporate job became more demanding too, making it increasingly difficult. Keep in mind whatever I am doing I like to give my all, so I was heading for burn out. Then before I knew it, I got pulled back in to the corporate job. Another title, a bit more money and of course, more responsibilities. Until, after another promotion and title and 9 years in all, I couldn’t do it anymore.

What I’ve learnt in my time in both businesses has been invaluable though. I’ve discovered the importance and life changing benefits of prioritising your health. You have to get uncomfortable to grow. Personal Development is essential to life (IMO). I can do hard things. I love helping people. I love doing a fantastic job. I love learning and I love teaching so I share knowledge wherever I can on relevant topics. I realised it wasn’t just one thing, it was… All. The. Things. Combined.

So when one of my friends said, ‘you should be a life coach’ it was a massive AHA moment for me. How had I not realised it sooner?! I was already ‘coaching’, which I loved doing! It’s the key to all the things I want to help my clients discover, just as I had. And then I trained and started coaching as soon as I could and haven’t looked back!

Everyone has different beliefs, but I felt there was no mistake in the Universes timing, with the career change and then our little boy joined us in late 2019 after some time of trying, which led me to a whole new level of learning and growth.

Marie Daines

This is me!

For me it’s like a dot to dot that’s come together! My old career grew my interest in business development, marketing / communications and customer service. My health journey and coaching led me to learn a lot about our physical and mental health. Real health, amongst other things. A lot of what I thought I knew and we are taught as a society has been rubbish! Personal Development made me appreciate the power of intention and belief. Pregnancy made me realise how far we have moved as a society away from our innate intelligence to heal and our inner knowledge (gut feeling / sixth sense) and coaching has opened my eyes and ears to our individual power and the fascinating (and life changing) subject of quantum physics!

Most importantly, our perception, individually and collectively has been a game changer for both me and my clients. Whilst growth isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, it’s been an incredible few years and I am excited for what’s to come!

How about you?