Welcome to my world! It’s good to have you here and I hope my story will encourage you find faith and hope in your own personal story on this journey we call LIFE. As with most things in life COEUR Compass Coaching began for me years before I even realized I desired to be a business woman much less a woman’s empowerment coach. Belive it or not, it started for me right when I was at the height of what appeared to be a great life — on the surface that is.
As you know, every life begins at some point other than birth and mine began six years ago. As life would have it, I found myself living a life different from what I had always imagined when I was little girl. I was working a “fabulous” job (by my friend’s accounts) but had very little direction and far less motivation to help propel me in the direction I wanted to go. What I did have were nights filled with doubt in my ability to make any serious changes on the course life had taken me. Things were pretty “status quo”. I had an idea of what I wanted my life to look like but I was clueless as to what the first step needed to be.
(Yes–that’s me back in 2005)
So, after the decision to “feel the fear and do it anyway”, a seven and a half hour flight across the ocean and three years learning how to speak British English, it would be ‘in hindsight’ I would appreciate the significant life changing decision that would prove the catalyst for my personal story. I left the comforts of home and surroundings that I had become accustomed to for over 10 years and made the decision to move to a country where I knew only one person. I remember a woman saying to me “either you’re crazy or very very brave.” I can laugh now thinking back on that conversation. The truth was I don’t think I was either crazy or brave. I simply wanted a change and made one simple decision. Okay, maybe it wasn’t so simple, but it was a decision to do something different!
Now years later, albeit a few grey hairs, my own life coaching business to boot, adventures (both personal and professional) that have allowed to me travel from Spain, to London, to Manila, Philippines and back to New York City, I realize now it was all part of the ‘master plan’ and part of me my path to my core to follow my dreams. Did I realize that then? Oh no! The only thing that I realized, after spending seven hours with immigration explaining my one-way ticket, was I had lost my mind or so I thought at the time. However, I had a goal and that goal was to my own international business one day. I didn’t exactly have a map per se, but a desire to live life on my terms. Later that “goal” became my passion for helping people with their own personal development. In time, after four years of professional training, I learned to follow that passion as a life coach — more specifically a womans empowerment coach.
Being a life coach is my dream come true – it’s not what I do, but who I am. For me COEUR Compass Coaching represents not just the ideal of empowering women globally to reach their goals in life, but also to assist them to find the right tools by asking the right questions to becoming dynamic, forces of nature to help shape our global world. As I’ve always believed, changing the face of the global world as we know it is as simple as changing one woman at a time — right where you are, exactly as you are working with what you have!
(Me today 2011)
Mind you there is more to my story but I’ll leave the details for when we meet one day. Please do keep in touch. I’m always happy to meet new people, experience new adventures and share whatever “pearls” that I can. If you need me, you can email me directly, find me on Facebook or simply follow me on my blog. Either way, I’m just a click away.
Wishing you all the best….
Michele “UberCoach” Ashley
President & Chief Executive Officer
COEUR COMPASS COACHING