I know what it is like to feel like...
But I also know what it's like to transform your life so you don't have to feel that way ever again.
I am a Mom of two, and have felt the deep conflict of staying true to who I am, and feeling like I should be more attentive and available to my kids. Like you, I immediately experienced a shift in priorities when first child was born. It was 8 months after the sudden loss of my Dad, and I was a single Mom at 25 years old. Suddenly, it didn't feel like what I wanted in life was that important anymore.
And that is where I stayed. Feeling like I wasn't that important.
When time came for me to go back to work, my confidence was boosted when I was offered a great job managing the HR department of a local company. A great paying job and a great opportunity to learn and grow. How great! (How naive!)
I INSTANTLY became overwhelmed in all that was being demanded of me (cue hamster wheel), and was just on autopilot every single day, dreading the days before they even happened. I had started a new relationship, and thought that all of these things I had in my life should add up to joy and contentment, but they didn't. What felt the worst was that I knew I should feel grateful and happy, but I just didn't. It was then that my old friend anxiety and depression began to creep back in.
I had finally realized very quickly that no matter how hard I tried to stifle that feeling of knowing there was something more for me, it kept sneaking in and nagging at me that there had to be something more for me than what I was experiencing. I tried transforming my health and fitness and lost 35 lbs, thinking that the way I looked and felt would be the answer for me because I would love life because I looked great and felt great! Well it didn’t quite work out that way. It became more of an obsession and masking of what I really needed to do, and that was to quit telling myself that “if I do ‘A’ I will be happy”, and start digging deeper to really and truly live a happy life. Maybe you can relate?
I remember the day I found coaching - a stranger on LinkedIn added me as a contact and when I looked at her profile, and I saw she was in the Human Resources field like I was, but that she also had a coaching credential. That piqued my curiosity - a sign that I needed to look into it further. After doing some research, sitting in on some information sessions, and finding what programs and training existed out there, I realized that this was not only exactly what I needed in my life, it was something that I wanted to do for others.
Coaching has allowed me to clear out all of the stories and dialogue that has been told to me about who I should be and what I should want, and finally get clear about what it is I really want. I knew then that my purpose was to help women like you find this clarity for take action on creating a life and career that you love. And that leaves me here. With you.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that journey with you.
"Planning sessions with Lead Your Way Coaching has helped me stay accountable and consistent. Being a creative person, I sometimes struggle with a loss of vision. I can get caught up in setting goals and feel defeated when I don't complete them to the letter. In my initial sessions with Paula I felt that she took the time to change her coaching template to augment those chaotic parts of me. Instead of prioritizing tasks to make me more efficient, she reminded me why I even do the things I do. The changes I've made because of these sessions are invaluable to me and I am grateful for the opportunity." - Richelle Dahl, Owner, Dahling Productions
After completing her post-secondary at the University of Lethbridge and receiving two Bachelor degrees in Business and Kinesiology in 2009, Paula was employed in Corporate Affairs at natural gas retailer SaskEnergy in Communications, and later in Human Resources. A move to a new home found her with an opportunity to lead the Human Resources department at a Co-operative Retail with 140 employees, where she was the HR Manager for 5 years. During this time she started taking online classes toward her coaching credential in the evenings and on weekends, and completed her coach training at Erickson International. She started her own coaching business in June 2016, and in 2017 left her Human Resources career to pursue coaching full-time. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) and is committed to serving and helping as many people as possible find solutions and take actions in their lives that will see them experience what it is like to live an intentional life full of love for themselves and others.
"I was fortunate to work with Paula as my coach during a time when I was in a state of self-doubt and struggling to find balance between work and family. I found Paula’s coaching to be unique, she had a way to show empathy when it was needed but also had the skills to lead me through obstacles I would often want to run away from. With her coaching I feel stronger and more aware of where and what I want to be, do and have in my life." - Angela Cullen, Owner, Anytime Fitness Kindersley