My name is Brenda Walker and my passion is being a Life Coach. Although I started my training as a Life Coach in 2010, I have been preparing for life coaching all my life.
My story is similar to that of a lot of people. Out of high school I went to college and then to university for a few years. In the middle of my university training I decided to take a job in a law firm, which was only supposed to be "temporary". Many years later, I woke up and found myself still doing that "temporary" job. I have worked as a legal assistant for over 20 years and in that time "life happened”. In an effort to make sense of my life experiences, I did a lot of reading and research. I read everything I could get my hands on in order to figure out what the lessons in those experiences were for me and to determine what my true life purpose was. I knew my life was more than being a legal assistant but I just couldn’t figure out what the “more” was. In March of 2010, when I was finally ready, coaching came into my life. Once I started my training to become a Life Coach, I knew immediately that I had found my true calling. In an instant, all of my life experiences took on new meaning. With my coach training I learned to turn my negative patterns of thoughts, words and actions into positive patterns and see each experience as an opportunity for growth and learning.
I coach clients on a variety of issues, but my main area of focus is helping my clients to develop healthy lifestyles and loving relationship with themselves. Like many of my clients, I too struggled for many years with emotional eating issues, being overweight and low self-esteem. Finally, at the age of 44, I decided that there had to be a better way to live. I was tired of being overweight, tired of feeling "less than", tired of dieting and, most days, just plain tired. I realized that I needed to stop dieting, figure out why I held on to the extra weight in the first place, and develop a more loving and respectful relationship with myself. And so began my most incredible journey! I intuitively knew that if I was going to make permanent changes, the changes needed to happen slowly so they became a lifestyle, not a "diet". Over a series of months, I started to develop healthier eating habits, began getting regular exercise, and worked on developing a more loving relationship with myself. It certainly didn’t happen overnight. It happened in small, manageable steps, or “baby steps”, as I tell my clients. Eventually I reached my health goals and even started running! For most of my life “run” was something that happened to my nylons, not something I did, but in 2009 I ran my first 5K race and in 2010 I ran my first 10K! The feeling of accomplishment was incredible for me.
As a result of my own experience in developing a healthier lifestyle for myself and my coaching expertise, I can now help my clients take their own “baby steps” towards creating healthier lifestyles and developing a loving and peaceful relationship with themselves.
I have learned that absolutely nothing is impossible. With baby steps we can all scale mountains. It just takes that first step.