Claire’s Story – not stuck at a crossroads now
Claire Pilsworth, editor of Bletchley Buzz shared her story in her magazine. It’s a great example of how coaching can help you.
Are you stuck at a crossroads? At the end of the last year so was I…and then I met Clare Wildman – a lady who (no exaggeration) changed my life. This is the story of how I reprogrammed my life, and how Bletchley Buzz came about!
As a thirty-something working in the corporate world of sales, I enjoyed fine dining in top restaurants and staying in first class hotels around the world. Life was a dream, but when I experienced a string of major life events it became clear this wasn’t what I wanted any more. I needed to find a way to relax and switch off and I felt I was missing important time with my young family.
Knowing I needed to make changes was one thing, but I didn’t where to start or even what I wanted to do instead. When I Googled ‘How to make life changes’ the first thing I came across was ‘life coaches’ and when I looked for a life coach in Bletchley, Clare Wildman was top of the list.
Overcoming my initial skepticism
I must admit I was a little skeptical when I first booked in. Clare was offering a free introductory session and I wondered how on earth someone would be able to help me decide what I wanted to do just from chatting to me when I didn’t have a clue!
Clare was brilliant. I won’t go into detail about the session as everyone’s is different, but we sat and talked about what my life was like at the time and what I wanted it to be like. Using diagrams and white boards, she captured all of my thoughts to help me make sense of them. Clare was able to challenge me in a constructive way to break down some of my barriers against change. After the first session I felt like a weight had been lifted.
In session two, we worked up a checklist for me to use when looking at job opportunities containing things that were important to me i.e. flexible working hours and helping others. When I saw a job, if it didn’t tick the boxes, it was to be discounted. Clare opened my mind to networking as a way to find career inspiration so I went to a few networking events and that’s where I met Andrena, who runs Bee Local, Leighton Buzzard’s community magazine. Chatting with her I quickly realized that running a local community magazine ticked all of my boxes and was something I would love to do!
Clare predicted when she met me that it wouldn’t take long for me to find what I wanted to do and she was right, with just a few sessions over a couple of months I found my new path which I truly love. I still check in with Clare regularly, but she taught me tools and techniques that mean I can apply them to help me make changes myself as and when I need to. I can’t recommend her highly enough.