Coaching in Jamaica…

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Before I returned, everyone warned me that I would find it frustrating relocating to Jamaica and starting my coaching practice here. I took everything on board that people said, yet still yearned to return to the place of my birth, the green isles of the Indies…The journey has been slow and at times arduous, which has meant that my focus has been diverted from my writing, I’ve also just started my MSc in Education for Sustainability – one of my other passions.

So I thought that for the next few posts, I would share with you my frustrations and challenges of setting up my practice here in Jamaica while completing my MSc. At times I will look at the limiting beliefs that I face as well as the hurdles, how I tackle them and how things turned out…if anyone has any pearls of wisdom to share, please feel free to do so… Continue reading

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Coaching Journey…

With any field it is essential to continue on that journey of learning. Since leaving university I have worked with young people, whether it be as a teacher, trainer, programme co-or donator, behaviour mentor and now as a coach. So I find myself on this slightly dreary Sunday morning making the two hour journey across London to learn about ‘Youth in Transition’.
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Qualified!!!!

Putting pen to paper to express how excited and thrilled I am seems to be eluding me slightly, so I’m going to apologize in advance for drifting all over the place – although, I am beginning to think that this is part of my style, or at the very least the way my brain works. It could be the fact that I seem to constantly be juggling…

The truth is, I still can’t believe that I handed everything in and that not only did I complete the course, I aced it:

Curly Martin ‏@CurlyMartin  Jun 20@down_k_ann @down_k_ann Congratulations! Your coursework was excellent &your thesis is passionate & thought provoking. I wish you huge success in life.

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The little engine that could…

I remember my father reading me the story of the little engine that could. I loved story time with my parents, each would take turns reading or telling me the story. I must admit growing up in my household was great! My parents’ story telling skills…awe-inspiring. I’ve only seen one story teller to rival them and she lives on the Isle of Coll- however, I digress.

I’m excited and thrilled because like the little engine that could. I did. I completed my coursework, my case studies, my coaching log, my thesis and my final assessment!! Yeah!!! I am so so so so excited (Kell will so tell me off for the poor use of English in this post – it’s okay though, ’cause I’m finished). Continue reading

Juggling…

Do you ever feel like you’re juggling a million and one things and you’re petrified that something might fall. That’s how I’m feeling today, a little overwhelmed if I’m honest. In truth it’s not because I haven’t had the time – well at least not this week. I’ve had the time, I’ve just been caught up in a time of fear. A fear of moving forward, a fear of change and I guess you could say a fear of the unknown.

What’s worse is that I recognised this in myself and I know that the best way for me to combat this feeling is to look at my ‘limiting beliefs’ and overwrite them. I haven’t been as proactive as I should have and started re-writing them earlier this week – I am however doing that now.

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First Post by Mobile

Is it just me or does time just disappear?

For this week’s post I thought I’d see if I’d be able to post directly from my mobile phone. The pros- that’s easy, I spend so much time travelling to and from work that, this would be a brilliant way to keep up with posting each week. I tend to also always have my phone on me.

Drawbacks? Small screen and thumb typing.
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Parent Coaching

Parent Coaching – I can hearing you asking the questions already….what is that, what does it entail and do parents really need coaching?

These were certainly some of the questions that I was asking myself as I made the trek to north London and beyond, well only to Buckinghamshire. Only a trek because of the number of trains I needed to take to get me there. Anyway I stray from the point of todays post: Parent Coaching. 

So I’m sat in a room with a number of coaches and trainee coaches, we’re all excited to be together and interested in learning something new. I will admit that although I was interested in learning something new, I didn’t really envision myself holding parenting workshops or targeting parents specifically as I work predominately with young people aged 12-16. Continue reading

Living in the NOW

It feels like ages since I’ve written and shared my thoughts with you. I’m in a really good place at the moment, extremely relaxed and looking forward to the challenges of next week. I’m sat with a group of great friends in one of the most amazing places that I’ve ever visited, Natural Mystic is one of the new villas at Mount Edge. So beautiful and peaceful, set in the Blue Mountain Range of Jamaica.

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Finally made that jump…

 

San San, Port Antonio in Jamaica...wouldn't it be great to coach on the beach!

San San, Port Antonio in Jamaica…wouldn’t it be great to coach on the beach!

It’s amazing how much can happen or change within a few days. On Friday, I handed in my official notice…I thought I would be more apprehensive, more worried about not having a job to go to in September. I know that’s a long time away – time seems to move quicker the older I get. Do you find that?

So the plan is to begin ‘Coaching’ in my own Practice by September the latest. I’ve been working on the website again and hopefully that will be up and running very soon. So stay tuned, I let you know where you can find me. Continue reading