The coaching process taught me that physical and mental strength compliment and reinforce one another, and that through accessing both kinds of strength, I could achieve the more balanced, fulfilling work life I had been wanting.
Abby helped me balance the intricate art of being a go-getter with perseverance while knowing when to let go. Abby was the push I needed to reveal the grit in me that had been hidden for so many years.
A leadership journey, that has helped shape my identity and developed my confidence where I now MC SACAP’s (the South African College of Applied Psychology) graduation, as its Managing Director.
Throughout the year that I worked with Abby, I decided to begin surfing - something I had never done before. Why? On the face of it, it was a way to spend time with my kids. On a deeper level, it was meditation for somebody who can’t meditate. Even deeper, it was a metaphor for redirecting my career - challenging, exciting, frustrating, satisfying.
This is me ‘jumping out of my comfort zone’ and challenging the limitations set in my mind. This is me challenging my self-diagnosed fear of heights and taking a ‘leap’ of faith to show myself that I can change the beliefs I have about myself....’old me’ was stuck and ’new me’ was up for the challenge!”
This is me hosting a fireside chat with our Chief of People on the subject of ‘Women in Leadership’ - something I would never had dreamt of doing a year prior.
Me in my place of joy...I feel lighter emotionally and physically...less afraid and more courageous....doing the things that I love more often now.
Doing the work that I love. Giving back is such a significant part of me, but if I give all, without rejuvenating myself, it kills my giving spirit. So I have learnt how to give back and how to take time to rejuvenate so that I can give some more!
Ten days after my divorce and 8 months after I met Abby for the first time, I rewarded myself with my first solo adventure in Borneo. I have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
A photo taken during a group work, on our regional leadership program, while we are selecting from a given list the three criteria that we would use to introduce ourselves. The three criteria that I chose to introduce myself were: knowing more than 2 languages, swimming, and living with my family.
Feeling my feet in and on the earth, being in my physical body, and feeling my strength and endurance has anchored me especially in times when I have felt uncertain; when I have been unaccepting of myself; and when I have been overcome by sadness. I have found lightness and freedom through physical challenge and the power of nature.