I was recommended to give Angela’s sessions a try after I had hit a bit of a brick wall in life. My work life felt like it wasn’t going anywhere and I felt I was underachieving and struggling to move forward.
I liked the structure of the sessions as she mapped them out in a way which was clear, manageable and easy to understand. I also liked how she challenged me on my thought process in a way which no one else had done before. I was opened up to ideas which helped me to understand certain attitudes and behaviours I held, and now I feel like my thoughts make more sense and I’m more in control over all aspects of my life. I have a clearer vision of what I want to achieve in life, a greater thirst to accomplish my ambitions, and I feel more confident. I’ve also learned to adapt my language and thinking which was negatively impacting my feeling of self-worth.
Angela is a super receptive and was able to show a great understanding of my situation when we were beginning our sessions. I felt more than comfortable opening up to her which is massively key to making progress. She also sets tasks for you to do in order to help with your own progress outside of the session which enabled me to keep the momentum going and to ensure that my learning wasn’t limited to the hour and a half window we had together.
My coaching sessions with Angela have been a mini revelation – almost like having a long overdue self MOT. I certainly have come out of it with a new and improved mind-set and I’ve taken my learnings and put them into practise. I have travelled for the first time in six years, have a new a job and have reconnected with old friends. This 110% would not have happened without Angela’s help.
You will only start to see change if you decide to do something about it and deciding to take the step to talk to Angela was the best decision I could have made.
Last night I was in a bad mood.
I was in a really foul mood…
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If our phones were able to talk and we sat them down in a room, I’m pretty sure this would be some of the things they would say:
‘My human is so needy. She never puts me down and is always asking me stupid questions. It baffles me that she can tie her own shoelaces without my help based on the fact she relies on me for everything else!’
I didn’t for a second doubt that I’ve made the right choice to wave goodbye to full-time employment. Not for a moment. But I did have moments where I sat and questioned myself, and that’s when the lovely feeling of Self Doubt popped in to say hello.
In January there will be a topic of conversation on a lot of people’s lips – New Year’s resolutions. It’s highly likely you’ll catch either yourself, or someone you know, saying the following:
If someone asked the question…
‘What can ants teach us about ourselves?’
….it might take a while to come up with any kind of an answer.
When we were asked as small children what we’d like to be when we grew up we would come up with every answer under the sun:
- Breed fire-breathing dragons
- Become a dog
‘What if I go for something and I don’t get it?’
‘What if I spend all of my hours trying to make this work and it doesn’t go as planned?’
‘What if I’d gone for that job promotion?’
‘What if I’d gone travelling like I’d said I wanted to…..?’
How often do you hear yourself say ‘I wish I could but I just don’t have the time’….? Or ‘I would do that…but I would need an extra five hours in my day’…?
Have you ever noticed when you walk past a school that the world shifts from calm and quiet to hearing a tidal wave of pure energy, noise, and excitement flooding your ears when children are out in the playground on their break time?
Ever thought about wanting to throw in the towel at your current job?
Does your mind constantly wander off as you think about pursuing something you’ve always wanted to do?
*WARNING* – This blog post contains an image that coffee lovers may find distressing. Please view with caution.
This was the aftermath of the scene of devastation I unintentionally created in the kitchen this morning…
‘Good evening everyone, thank-you for joining us and welcome to the six o’clock news. Here are the main headlines. *tap papers on the desk*
Love them or hate them but deadlines really are one of the best tools at your disposal.
Although I definitely wouldn’t have agreed with this statement when I was a teenager. Throughout secondary school I was always a lastminute.com person when it came to revision and getting my work handed in…
So you’ve made that life changing decision. You hand your notice in at work, spend the next four weeks of your life sat at your desk excited to be on the precipice of a new beginning. You have a farewell party with colleagues, you have plans….big plans….and then….
‘How long are you going to do this for?’
This was the second of two very interesting questions I was asked by my friend one evening back in July just after leaving my job, with the first one being ‘Part I: So How’s Unemployment Treating You?’
‘So how’s unemployment treating you?’
This was one of two questions that a friend asked me a couple of weeks after I left my full-time job back in July to pursue my other goals. (The other question I will write about in my next post).
One morning at the beginning of the the year I was making my way to the underground station to go to work. I was feeling really energetic and ready to make the day happen. I had read a really inspiring book the night before and had woken up that morning still with an incredibly motivated mindset. I went on Spotify to look for a playlist, and before I knew it the following lyrics had flooded my ears:
There was a post I saw on Instagram recently that made me laugh, mostly because it was pretty true and rather accurate;
What does ‘failing’ at something mean to you?
Why does that word seem to scare us all so much? What are we afraid of exactly?
‘It’s a new week which means a fresh start and a brand new me!’
On Sunday you found yourself sitting on the sofa unhappy with the way an area of your life is going and decided something different has to happen.
How often do you get to the end of the day, sit down and look back on it and feel like it’s all passed you by in one big blur?
In any one day it seems like there are endless tasks and projects to do and not enough time to get it all done.
Jim Rohn was the motivational speaker who shared the following piece of advice;
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
When you read about a workshop that offers to help you build your skills around the principles of good leadership what images come to mind?
Personally I always think about someone in a power suit stood at the front of a small seminar room, rattling off from a boring power presentation.
‘Nope. I can’t do it. I listened to everything that you said, I still tried, but it didn’t work. I knew it wouldn’t work. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it’ *whilst crossing arms as if to say ‘I told you so’*
Does that sound like you? Have you ever heard yourself say that, either to yourself or out loud to someone else?
I love sports, and when I was growing up it was one of my favourite things to do.
When summer came around and it was athletics season I relished getting onto the field, and I particularly loved sprint racing. I wasn’t the fastest in the year, but up there in the top few. I liked the thrill, the adrenaline, the pure speed and power. It was exhilarating going at full pelt down the track.
How often do you find yourself saying ‘I will do it tomorrow’…?
You know today was yesterday’s tomorrow right?
Tomorrow is not a day yet to come, it’s a day that’s here everyday.
After a few sessions it became clear that rather than getting general guidance around what I wanted to focus on, the sessions where really helpful in talking through the approach I took to my goals and life in general, and the positive and negative impacts that had on me progressing to where I wanted to get to. It was really helpful to be able to just talk through my ambitions and way of working with some guidance and not having to hold back at all, which is definitely a result of the comfortable environment that Angela sets up and her open approach to her work.
Before the coaching sessions I was feeling quite stressed, under a lot of pressure and feeling like I lacked direction. Through my sessions with Angela I learnt so much about myself, how I approach life, set goals and how to manage all of these areas of my life in a positive way. I feel so much more motivated to strive forward and take on new challenges.
If you are thinking of using Angela as a coach – then definitely do! She creates a great open, comfortable environment and delivers coaching in a way that works for so many different learning styles – whether you are visual, prefer writing or like moving – and regardless of what you want to focus on you will definitely benefit from coaching.
The journey with Angela through coaching has been a delightful experience of self-discovery and clarity. I was in a place where I was lost, de-motivated, tired, overwhelmed, stressed and I simply needed to reset and start living my life from a fresh pair of eyes.
Opening up to someone completely can be tricky, even for someone as open as me, yet from the start and progressing through each session, there was an atmosphere of being in a peaceful sanctuary. I felt there was mutual trust, never a judgement placed, and a common goal to receive something positive from the session. Angela is empathetic, compassionate and positive and has a brilliant agility to work with whatever you throw at her. I’m heavily visual and there were some exercises we did which really enabled me to find clarity with certain issues. The coaching allowed me to explore my personal thoughts (which I had hardly shared with my close ones) with someone who I had just met in a completely comfortable and professional environment.
After working with Angela on my insecurities and self-confidence issues I had started to believe in myself. Social situations, were no longer as stressful and my work life became more balanced. I felt I was content and at peace by the end of it.
I sought coaching after recognising I was unhappy in my work situation but not sure the best way forward. I thought that coaching would provide me with the answers but after my first session with Angela I realised it was more about providing me with the tools to look at the problems I was facing, break them down and systematically work through the issues. Angela gave me the opportunity to verbalise the issues I was facing, challenging my perspective when necessary.
Overall, coaching has helped me to assess the direction my career is going in, improved my confidence within my job and helped me to recognise what I have achieved. As a result, I feel my performance at work is better and I have been able to prioritise my commitments. I am so grateful to Angela for the time she spent with me. Her positivity is infectious and I would leave our sessions refreshed with clear goals for the weeks ahead. I felt her professionalism made it so easy to open up and be honest about my feelings and shortcomings. I was initially quite self-conscious about the process but she quickly put me at ease and made the process so comfortable.
I recommend Angela and her service to anyone who is stuck in an aspect of their life and needs a fresh perspective. I feel that the process has helped me so much and I have been able to approach my work with renewed vigour as a result.
I met Angela and her positive attitude made me want to work with her. Before our first session any slight reservations about coaching I may have had were quickly dispelled through her professionalism before, during and throughout our time working together.
I liked being challenged through Angela’s reflective practice, and she gave me the time and space to realise inner strengths I had overlooked and also how I could access opportunities I thought were out of reach before I started the sessions, and her methods helped me focus my ideas into realistic goals. Through working together, I have been able visualise the career path I would like to take in accordance with my values, and Angela’s coaching has given me additional self-belief as well as better understanding of my own skills and attributes which I can apply throughout my life and career development. She went to great lengths to tailor our coaching sessions towards my learning style and I always looked forward to our meetings as she has such an easy-to-get-along-with personality and I took something away from each session.
Angela is a very effective coach, she helped me reflect on my past experience and use my knowledge, strengths, skills to structure realistic and attainable goals. I have explored some life changing decisions such as living and working abroad. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Angela again in the future.
I was intrigued at getting external support with planning my personal career goals as I have been my own biggest barrier to achieving them, and the style of Angela’s sessions being so led by me and flexible made it something I looked forward to. I liked the ‘homework,’ as it made sure you were doing actions in between, so it wasn’t just something that happened for a couple of hours every two weeks.
I learnt a lot about my own negative behaviours and after coaching I feel like I have much more of a rounded understanding of what I want to achieve and what I need to stop doing in order to get there, and now I have a clear vision for the path ahead. Since coaching with Angela, my brain now does those checks before making decisions where I know that what I’m saying or doing is something that we spoke about in coaching. Now, a few months after my sessions have ended, I have really embedded a lot of the techniques Angela taught me into my everyday life and have seen the results already in getting me to the places I want to be. I have noticed that having a clear vision for where I want to go in my freelance career has enabled me to take the risks with confidence that I am working towards regarding my long term career goals.
Angela was amazing! Her flexibility to adapt sessions to be visual, probe further for information to make me think more (without coming across as forceful or didactic) was really beneficial. If anyone is ever thinking of doing coaching, I’d say definitely give it a go, you’ll see the benefits of working with Angela as your coach in no time!
When I came to coaching it was during a mid-life career change and I had many doubts about how I wanted to do it. I was not entirely sure what I should focus on and generally wasn’t quite convinced if it was a good idea. As a result of the sessions I have quickly become excited about it all, fully appreciating and enjoying the new opportunities which are arising.
I have gained a great amount of knowledge about myself and my goals. I’ve learnt what to do to achieve them and I’ve also become more aware of possible consequences of not acting upon them. I can say that I am far more confident, focused and determined to achieve what I want. It was always easy to talk to Angela, and although frequently challenged, I always felt supported, and due to her outgoing personality the sessions were fun.
It was an exciting journey of self-discovery and goal setting which led me to greater clarity, confidence and, as a result, actions. I would definitely recommend Angela’s services to anyone who would like to improve their career and look at it from a different perspective.
When I was first training to be a Business & Personal Coach we were told the following story during one of our seminars by one of the guest speakers, which I like to call The Bin and The Banana Skin: