CLAIRE FOY, Ashford
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.justclairelife.co.uk