My coaching sessions with Natalie over the past two years have provided me with a confidential space to share challenges in my work and personal life, gain a new perspective on them and reflect on my own needs. Natalie has helped me to gradually tease out what I really want from life, rather than what I think I ought to want. She supported me through a particularly demanding period when I was trying to juggle family life with three boys under the age of 4 alongside two different sets of work responsibilities. Her patient listening skills and incisive questioning enabled me to accept that I was finding things hard, identify what was proving particularly difficult and to negotiate a better situation.
While her approach was primarily aimed at enabling me to identify my own feelings and solutions in a non-directive way, she knew intuitively when to offer an alternative perspective or share an experience which has helped her to grow. I particularly appreciated her insightful understanding of and empathy for the challenges presented by working motherhood. I would thoroughly recommend her coaching to anyone who needs space to reflect on what they really want from life and wants to learn from their experiences.
I found Natalie’s sessions to be extremely beneficial and inspirational. The coaching helped me to see a different perspective and gave me a solid foundation on which I could start to understand my life in a much clearer way. Goal setting was crucial and done in a way that was easy to digest. Completing goals was enjoyable and gave me a great sense of achievement. I would thoroughly recommend Natalie to anyone wanting to be the best they can be.
In a week encompassing International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday, I’ve been thinking about women’s careers in the context of gender inequality – glass ceilings, the gender pay gap, harassment, societal expectations and conditioned expectations of self. I don’t want to get too political today though, so maybe gender inequality is a topic for some … Continue reading Returning to work after a career break
I used to feel like I had never had any real passion for anything. Then somewhere in the last three years I found it in the dark. You have one life to live; don’t waste it wondering what could have been! You don’t need to justify yourself, what you seek or what you love, and … Continue reading Lukewarm is no good
I love everything about bridges. The architecture, the view, stopping to watch the world go by around you, the feel when they sway slightly under your feet, and the way they mark entry to a different part of the world. What does this have to do with coaching? I love the way they are a … Continue reading Bridges
Would you talk to other people the same way you talk to yourself? Are you as kind towards yourself as you would be to anyone else?