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  • Writer's pictureAllie Eldridge

What is a life coach and why do you need one?

After finishing my Bachelor's degree in psychology a few years ago, I was a little bit lost. When you decide to major in psychology normally an advisor or professor will let you know it isn't super useful until you get another degree or certification on top of it... and boy did that turn out to be true for me. I ended up working a job incredibly far out of my field and I was making enough to pay my bills, but it wasn't fulfilling me in any way. Last fall I started looking into the possibility of going to grad school for my Master's degree in counseling, but something didn't feel quite right. I spent a few more months feeling a little lost and unfulfilled until I suddenly felt called to life coaching.

I jumped into this as fast as I could. I got my certification, I spent weeks designing my program, I made business cards, I convinced a few people to be my guinea pigs, and I finally found my purpose. It's hard to describe unless you've been there, but sitting across from someone and helping them identify their hopes and goals and figuring out how to help them reach them was the best thing I had ever done. This was it. This is why I went through everything I ever did, why I didn't get certain jobs, why I didn't end up going back to school this year, this was my purpose.

So what exactly is a life coach? A life coach helps you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Basically if you've ever seen Hercules, I'm the little funny goat guy voiced by Danny Devito. Yep. I mean a cooler example is Hitch in the movie Hitch, aka one of the greatest movies ever made. We sit down together once a week and talk about how to get you to your highest self. You want to exercise more? Eat healthier? Get better grades? Write a novel? Manage your time better? Cope better with anxiety? Any goals you can think of, a life coach can help you achieve.

So why do you need a life coach? Well, who doesn't need support, guidance, and a good kick in the butt to help reach their goals? That's right, we all need it.



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