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The Morning Chat--Embracing Change

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

What inspired me to become a life coach? Transitions are hard. In the age of the coronavirus ,lots of us have been faced with changes that we were not expecting in life. Personally, I was greatly affected as my main career focus at the time was on teaching children. I adapted like everyone else by making videos for my little pupils, but inside I knew it was time for a change.

I spent the summer praying and journaling in what I called my "Dream Journal." I deeply read and incorporated the ideas from Lysa TerKeurst's book The Best Yes, which I highly recommend. And I prayed. A lot. I asked God a lot of questions that He in turn asked me back and we dug deep to find my life purpose and what He has for me in this next phase of life.

Just to give you a little background on me. I was born and raised in California by a Greek mother. My father left when I was 9 so I was mainly raised in a single parent home. I grew up knowing and loving the Lord my whole life. I was the first one in my dad's side of the family to go to and complete college. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I moved to Texas and got my Masters Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of North Texas. During my time there I met and married my husband of 23+ years.

I rededicated my life to Christ just before moving to Texas and have been focused on His presence and direction for my life since. I have two children, one in college and the other in high school. Once my kids were born, I was mainly a stay at home mom who worked side jobs and volunteered a lot. Transitioning from working woman to stay at home mom was a tough transitions for me and I know it can be for many moms who make that choice. So if that is you, I feel you.

During my "momship",' I worked part time as a preschool teacher and an elementary school substitute teacher. I started my own businesses with Mary Kay and Norwex, I hosted women's Bible studies and Bible Clubs for kids. I coordinated a Mothers of Preschoolers group, and led prayer groups. Also during this time I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have survived that as well. I found ways to keep busy and bless others, with most of my commitments lasting years.

So when this call to change came this summer, I was listening intently for the next thing. One day I had clicked on a podcast someone sent me about God our Creator to listen to and instead the podcast was about transitions and how hard they are...exactly what I needed to hear at the time. I loved the podcast so much that I left it up on my computer to listen to and take notes on again and again. While listening to this podcast, my heart fluttered for I knew these people were talking my language--the psychology side of my brain. The last time I listened to it I heard the host ask if you want to do help people through transitions like in the podcast to click on the link to becoming a life coach. And there was the answer to everything in my dream journal. The choice was validated by lots of friends and family who would light up at the thought and highly encourage me to pursue it.

(Funny part of the story, when I went back to the original post about God our Creator, it took me to the correct podcast about God as the creator. I call that a "God thing!" If you want to hear the podcast I originally heard, click the link at the end.)

I can't wait to help you find your dreams. I know transitions are hard. I just went through one. Change can be exciting when you are the champion of it... but it is still hard. Period. Exclamation mark! Some changes are harder than others. Did you know that research shows that even good changes can be detected by the body to be threats? How you embrace change throughout life, and what you do with the experience, can greatly affect your life satisfaction and your impact on those around you.

Change is best handled incrementally, thus the name Morning by Morning Life Coaching. The name was originally inspired by the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The lyrics sing, “Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.” This is what I want for you—to see God’s mercies and His Hand in your life, daily, so you can freely walk in His design for you and experience the blessings He has for you on this earth.

Knowing your identity and purpose helps you make choices that lines up with your goals and values and allows you to make a greater impact on the world. And change happens one day at a time, morning by morning. Together, let's figure out what you were born to do, tackling the day to day obstacles, embracing the newness, and walking in freedom!

Podcast on Embracing the Uncomfortable:

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. --Isaiah 50:4

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