Client testimonial – Claire’s story

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.

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About Clare Wildman

Life coaching from Lincolnshire. Having moved from Milton Keynes I'm now based between Boston and New York, in the UK. Looking forward to welcoming clients to the new coaching room and having the option for walking as we talk or taking advantage of sunny days in the garden.