BYCA Certified Life Coach

Remember that one time? When I took that six-month long life coaching course? And I flew to San Francisco for an in-person Inspiration Day? And then worked with pro bono clients? Yea? 

Well, I FINALLY finished everything I needed for my certification and guess what? 

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I'M A CERTIFIED BEAUTIFUL YOU

LIFE COACH!

Dance party, anyone?

Yes, I’m very happy that I finally made this happen. I had everything finished up a YEAR ago and then my website went down (which is one requirement of certification) and I just couldn’t manage to fix it. Granted, I could have tried harder, but I think that deep down inside I was appreciating the break from writing and sharing online. I needed the break from writing at that point in my life just as much as I needed the break from coaching in general.

So what does this mean?

Now that I’m officially, officially a life coach, it means that I can start taking on clients! Well, I already had one client but now I’m a little more official AND I have a profile on the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy website.

Aren’t I fancy? I feel pretty legit to be quite honest.

What do I do as a coach?

I work with women through one-on-one coaching sessions for an hour at at time over a span of 3 months. I help them create inspiring goals, the steps they need to get there and then weekly accountability to make sure they’re keeping the promises they’ve made to themselves.

I’m here to help women move through the fear and become the person they really want to be, deep down inside. Way too many women are sitting back and wishing their lives were different but believing it's just not possible for them but it’s just not true. We are capable of so much more than we believe. That is why I became a life coach. I want to help women see what they are capable of and to be the personal sounding board, strategist and cheerleader that they need to make their dreams a reality.

Now that I’m “official” and I’m FIRED UP about coaching, it’s time for me to take on new clients! Check out my Life Coaching page - I’d love to know what you all think! PLUS if it sounds like something you would want to learn more about (or someone you know), just reach out for a free chat with me to find out more about what we’d do and whether or not it’s a good fit for you.

Do you want to learn more about byca certification?

I knew life coaching was something I wanted to pursue and I found out about Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy through my friend, Anna Locke. She was about to take the course, so I did some investigating on my own to see if it was right for me. To be honest, I was almost uncomfortable with how “feelings” oriented the course seemed to be, which was a red flag and indicated to me that I needed to choose this course. I know I can be analytical, I went to law school for goodness sake! But what I needed to be was more in touch with my feelings. So I pushed out of my comfort zone and jumped in head first.

I am so very lucky that I was able to take part in this course and become a part of the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy. Of course I learned a lot, everything from how to coach to how to run a business, but I also grew so much in my own journey to understanding myself as well as became a part of an amazing community of women who are all over the globe.

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The founder of Beautiful You Coaching Academy, Julie Parker, is based in Melbourne, Australia and the course itself attracts women from all over the world. For example, we were all paired up with someone to practice coaching with and my “buddy” was Nadia who lives in Bermuda!

If this is something you’re considering, I want to share that the next course will begin in February of 2019 and is already 60% sold out. If you’re interested in learning more about the course, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to share my experience and answer any of your questions.

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I am so excited that I can officially call myself a Beautiful You Life Coach (can you tell??!!) and I can’t wait to see where life coaching takes me from here!

My amazingly beautiful head shots are by Bailey Pianalto Photography!

Funny seeing you here...

Do you feel like I ghosted you? I kind of did. It wasn't planned and I certainly didn't mean to be away for this long but one tech issue led to another (throw in some self-doubt and fear) and here we are! 

So much has happened in the last year that I don't even know where to begin. I will say that I plan to write in the space again. Less often but I'm hoping for once a week. Over the past month or two,  a fire has really lit back up inside of me to jump back into everything I used to have going on, from blogging to life coaching to health/fitness coaching and even some new pursuits like writing a novel! The problem with this reignited passion is that I suddenly want to do ALL THE THINGS and all at once! I need to take some time to figure out what is and is not a priority right now. 

While I work on that, here are a few highlights from the past year: 

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I turned 30 AND the Chiefs beat the Broncos that night AND it was Bingo Night for the kids where I work! (Nearing 31...)

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Friends got married <3.

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I've been in Colorado for over TWO years! 

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I climbed mountains.

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I learned how to surf (well, I tried...).  

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I skied. A LOT. 

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My BFF moved to Santa Fe.

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I worked (it's never fun). 

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I visited college friends (and my "twin") in Charleston, SC. 

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I got an amazing new fanny pack.

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I have two nieces now!

 

And that's that! I'll be back soon with some exciting news! 


The Art of Ditching The Plan

Aug 21, 2017


I'm a planner. I like to know what's going to happen, I like to be in control of what's going on, and I like to have an exit strategy if I end up not wanting to be there anymore.

It's Sunday afternoon and I've just gotten home after leaving my apartment at 7:00 am. Yesterday. I'm covered in dirt, I have grease marks all over me, I haven't showered in days, I'm a little sunburnt and I'm pretty sure I smell enough not to be allowed anywhere a respectable human being should go. My weekend did not go as planned, but I have a feeling you know where I'm going with this...

I had the BEST TIME.

Because I have one of my biggest events for work on Monday (today for the purposes of this post), I've barely been home and I haven't slept well from stress. Yes, I have done everything I could do and now we'll just have to see how it goes but, nevertheless, I worry. I figured I would need a relaxing weekend. I'd planned to spend a few hours with my friend Julie who is visiting CO with her family, have a quiet Saturday night doing meal prep and laundry, then going to church and the driving range on Sunday.

I got up early Saturday morning, drove to the airport to pick up Julie and we had a great morning. We went to brunch at Maddie's, I showed her around where I work, we walked around Wash Park and even went through an open house in a cute neighborhood (I SO WANT THAT HOUSE! Only $1.3 million! ;) ).

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When I went to drop her off to get her rental car, there was quite a snafu and they had nothing for her. Actually, none of the rental places we called had any cars available. I told her not to worry and that I'd drive her to pick up her friend from the airport and take them both to Boulder where Julie's family would come down from the mountains where they were staying and pick them both up. Sure, it was a dent in my "plan," but I wasn't going to leave them stranded and I really didn't mind - I love Julie!

Well, once we were leaving the airport, Julie asked if I just wanted to come up to the lodge with them, hang out and stay the night. My anxiety immediately said to me: "No! That will completely mess up your plan! You probably won't sleep well. You'll be tired tomorrow, you'll get back home too late for church, blah, blah, blah."

You know what I did? I told that voice to shove it. After much practice, I've learned to tell that voice that it's wrong. That spending time with people I love (and I LOVE her family) will be much more fun, refreshing and memorable than a night at home with Netflix. So I said yes. With literally the clothes on my back, I headed up for an evening in the mountains.

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Yes, I hadn't showered and had to wear a mishmash of other people's clothes to dinner and the put my same Saturday outfit back on for Sunday, but no one cared. Yes, I had nothing with me but my phone and water bottle, but I didn't care. Even in the morning, when I hoped to get back home with plenty of time to go through my Sunday "routine," I said screw it and I stayed. I went on a walk, I had breakfast, I sat around and chatted, I went and rented bikes and rode through a gorgeous mountain pass.

I had conversations. I met new people. I got to see the beautiful mountains. Most importantly, I felt welcomed, loved and appreciated.

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You've heard it before, but I'll say it again: life is best outside of your comfort zone. It's less scary stay at home and do the things you know you like to do. It's easy to read a book, watch a movie, go for a walk around your neighborhood, or even see the same person you see every week. But when I'm actually around other people, when I give up the plan and I do things that I don't normally do or can't control, that's when I feel the most fulfilled, the most alive, most in-the-moment, and the most like myself.

Dear rental car companies, thank you for being rude yesterday. Love, Katie.