March 17, 2019

Creative Coaching

As an artist, engineer, mother, and wife, I KNOW how HARD it is to find balance between passion and responsibility. It is this very struggle that has lead me to explore the field of creative coaching.

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There just never seems to be enough time in the day. But regardless of what you do, I think meaningful work is the key to life, so balance is a MUST. When I think of the quest for “balance” I’m reminded of a quote by Maryam Hasnaa:

You’re unhappy because you’re not in alignment with who you are, not because of what anyone else is doing.

Throughout life, I have come to realize that I experienced the greatest growth when my potential and passions were nurtured by fabulous mentors who urged me to grow and learn without fear. Over time, I found myself drawn to do the same for others.

Taking The Leap

Throughout the beginning of 2019, I began exploring something known as creative coaching. I did an immense amount of online reading, talked about it with others and probed the minds of people currently practicing as creative coaches for feedback. After thinking and overthinking and hesitating with a bit more overthinking, I finally decided to take the leap and signed up with the Creative Coaching Association (CCA) to commence training as a creative coach!

I’m just over one month into the first course and it has definitely been a worthwhile experience thus far. The course involves quite a bit of reading, discussion and reflection but the workload is pretty manageable thank goodness! The latter being most important because time is precious, and sometimes nonexistent.

The CCA trains people through a variety of courses and student coaching experience. The requirement for student coaching hours is where my hesitation laid the most.

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Follow Through

Initially, I was extremely nervous to reach out to people and see who would be interested in joining me on my journey… who might be interested in receiving ‘creative coaching’ for a short period of time allowing me to gain the necessary experience and student coaching hours.

But! With much encouragement, I finally posted my request online and the response was amazing! People were more than interested and creative coaching certainly seems to have demand in our world!

I’m currently coaching a variety of artists and writers none of which are the same despite all being “creatives”. It’s so intriguing to see how much individualism plays a role, and that’s the part I’m learning to love most.

Creative Coaching 101

So what exactly does creative coaching entail? As a creative coach, my aim is to help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. We’ll review your goals and aspirations. Whether you consider yourself a professional or hobbyist, your creative potential, your passion, and your dreams are worth seizing!

I can’t do the hard work for you, but I can support you every step of the way. If you’re ready to take the next step in your creative endeavors but need someone by your side as your cheerleader, accountability buddy, sounding board, etc. then creative coaching may be for you!

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