WHY I AM A COACH
This is a story about change, and how I became a coach.
I’ve always been a coach
As far as I can remember, I have always been a coach and an explorer. As a kid, I was a sports teacher, a ski instructor, a mountain guide. I would lead my friends out on long bike rides. I taught my friend who is afraid of the ocean surfing as I love to show people that the barriers of what you can do are further than they think.
Spreading my wings
As I entered adulthood, like so many of us, I fell into the comfort zone. I was letting people tell me that “THIS” is life, and that I shouldn't be chasing for more. I was in an 11-year relationship, and we didn't want the same things anymore. I was dreaming about going abroad, broaden my horizons. I felt torn to stay or leave. This was the hardest internal battle of my life: a huge value clash between love & adventure. But the call for life was there, and I got a job offered in Amsterdam and I went for it. I embraced the pain and I didn’t allow myself to think that I couldn't deal with it myself.
Dora the Explorer
So many new opportunities then came my way and I took them all. This is what I call my chapter of Dora the Explorer and I love it. I made new friends from all over the world, keeping my agenda crazy busy between partying, dinner with my flat-mates, dating, going from a yoga class to a circus class. Life is SO exciting. I embraced another adventure in Portland, Oregon for 8 months, connecting deeply with the beautiful nature of the Pacific North West. And then the opportunity to go on a sabbatical comes, that’s Dora’s dream, the adventure continues. I left work with an intention of changing my perspective of time, living the slow pace simple & social life in Senegal was the best lesson I could get. Less is more becomes a new motto.
Closing a chapter
Going back to work, the question that everyone asked is if it is too hard to be back? Do I want to change something? I did. And that’s when I officially got to meet “COACHING”, and it is life transforming, right at the first session. My coach reflected the pain that I am still carrying from my previous 11-year relationship. He didn't even need to challenge me, I knew what I needed to do, and got closure with my previous boyfriend that I had somehow kept open for 3 years. Just 3 weeks later, I met the one I am now considering the love of my life. Life is wonderful and coaching is magic.
Becoming a coach
In the meantime, I was still a coach in many ways, people come to me for advice, at work, in my personal life, and just I love being in this role, but I soon realize that I need more tools. I decided to become a coach. The first training was eye-opening: I wanted to learn that all the time and I didn’t know it was there. I love these conversations, I love to go deep, I love to help people. This is the new adventure, I am fully in the moment, I care for others.
The amazing coaching I receive is affecting every area of my life. I feel like am a better girlfriend after my boyfriend’s burnout, I can support him without being the saver. I am offering the right listening skills in my family when my brother’s partner decides to start a gender transition. I am learning constantly.
I’m a coach
I am bringing more well-being at work, helping people to get what they want out of work and pursue the things that they find most important in life. I am facilitating workshops about relationships at work, growth mindset, finding your strengths, asking coaching questions. There is so much that can be done to enjoy the 40+ hours that we spend per week in the office! I love to coach my clients to find more well-being and balance in the their lives. I coach my clients in their entirety, discovering & accepting oneself in their mind as well as their body. I help them bringing movement where there feel stuck, taking their first step towards their goals.
What my clients say about me
Claire is a great listener and helped me in getting more clarity of who I am and what I want to achieve, work and personally-related. She did that with high sensitivity and supported me through the process as a guide rather than influencing with pre-made ideas. Thanks to the coaching sessions I became more aware and confident of myself and I would highly recommend her to anyone
Through Coaching, Claire supported me in reaching a balance between work and life. Claire not only gave me practical advice, but also showed my core values and skills and how these influence my decision making. I enjoyed most, how she was able to let me see challenges from a different perspective and to turn them into opportunities.
Claire has extraordinary listening skills, is very empathic and engaging. She is able to adapt her coaching style to her coachee. I highly recommend Claire as a Coach.