CLAIRE FOY, Ash­ford

Kent Life - - Wellbeing -

In 2012, just be­fore I was due to re­turn to work af­ter hav­ing my sec­ond son, I was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and it kind of woke me up to the fact that, cliché as it sounds, life re­ally is too short.

Op­er­a­tions, chemo and ra­dio­ther­apy later, and I was back to work. I now do life coach­ing in my spare time – although the dream is to go full time.

It all started for me when I read a novel where the lead char­ac­ter was a life coach. I loved the job she had, so I stud­ied to at­tain my diploma in life coach­ing.

A large fo­cus for me has been work­ing with teenagers choos­ing GCSE sub­jects. I saw chil­dren were opt­ing for sub­jects based on friends, at­ten­dance or parental pres­sure, and not fol­low­ing their heart.

I coached a num­ber of chil­dren and in most cases they knew what ca­reer they wanted to pur­sue, they sim­ply didn’t have the con­fi­dence or be­lief they could do it.

I have worked in schools, giv­ing talks on ca­reer choice, and worked with SEN chil­dren build­ing their con­fi­dence. I’ve also held talks in firms on be­ing a work­ing mum, and re­leas­ing the guilt this can bring. I love help­ing peo­ple make change, and I’m lucky enough to be able to wit­ness their suc­cesses.

I work with clients to find their de­sires, un­cover their dreams and set goals, find­ing their end point and work­ing back­wards with them to get there.

Set­ting lit­tle goals and achieve­ments, tasks and tweaks to their life to get them where they want to be.

Peo­ple usu­ally reach out to me from re­fer­rals or through Face­book or my web­site. While I love face-to-face meet­ings, times have changed and peo­ple are busy, so Skype and phone calls work just as well if not bet­ter. As a re­sult, my clients can be any­where in the world.

I thor­oughly love this job. Help­ing peo­ple make lit­tle changes in their lives which cre­ate mas­sive im­pacts is a joy to watch.

The an­swer is of­ten in front of their nose but they are too emo­tion­ally in­volved to see. I just help clear the fog and of­fer a lit­tle di­rec­tion and en­cour­age­ment. www.just­claire­

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