We are one step closer. One BIG step.
As we approach the Feb. 1 launch of the wellness coaching business, we now have a name:
To Well With You
I plan to explain later how we came up with the name. (You do want an explanation, don’t you?) But for now I’m making good on my promise to explain the concept of “wellness coaching.”
What is wellness?
Wellness, and even wellness coaching, means many things to many people, but I’m going to give you my take on it.
In my view, wellness encompasses a rainbow of possibility. There are broad areas to cover (spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, financial, social …) and many subcategories that are specific and important to each individual.
One person might want to break a bad habit, while another wishes to make changes in her work/life balance. Maybe this guy wants to reclaim his health by preparing nutritious meals and cutting back on junk food. Yet another may want financial peace and stability.
Fill in your own reason here: __________________________
The topics are as limitless as the stars in the sky.
For me, the goal is to help you get to a better, more meaningful place in your life – one in which you are the best possible version of the unique person God created you to be. That’s my goal for myself (still a work in progress), and it’s my hope for you.
What is wellness coaching?
After years of studying myself, reading books, studying the Bible, praying, listening to talks, seeking the wisdom of others – working to overcome my faults and foibles and to strengthen my positive qualities – I decided that I’d learned a few things that could help others, and I started thinking about how I might do that. Last year I became a certified wellness coach.
Sometimes I have to learn things the hard way, and sometimes I take the loooonnnng and hard route to get there. So, while I firmly believe that we grow strongest through difficulty, I would like to ease some of the pain of progress for you. Maybe not every single thing in your life has to be a hard-fought lesson, right? Maybe you just want to talk through some ways you might approach things differently and avoid some of the pain and mistakes you might have made otherwise. If so, I want to take the journey with you.
Don’t misunderstand. A coach’s job is not to do the work for you – to swoop in and fix everything. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t.
For starters, I’m not a licensed therapist. I’m not an ordained minister. I’m not your mom.
There are certain things I can’t do and certain things I won’t do as your coach. Here is what I will do:
I’ll listen. I’ll draw you out. I’ll solicit your thoughts, your motivations, your core values, your reasons for wanting to make positive changes in your life. I’ll help you take steps in the direction you want to go.
The key word here? MOTIVATION.
If you do not truly want change, then change either: 1) will not happen or 2) will not last. We will waste each other’s time. (Probably.) The thing about motivation is that you have to come up with it for yourself. I can’t make you want to change.
I will hold your hand. I might give you Kleenex. I will understand (or at least try).
Change is hard.
IT. IS. HARD.
It is easier, in my opinion, when you have a helping hand, a friendly voice, a smiling face. Someone who listens without judgment, who wants the best for you. I want to be that person.
To well with you.
I will start taking appointments Feb. 2. Those appointments can take the form of face-to-face visits, phone calls, video chats, email or any combination. Once the business is live, I’ll provide my contact info here on Suzy & Spice. Meanwhile, feel free to leave a comment below.