Hello, I’m Michelle and we are more similar than you think.
I am a wife and mother of 6, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a person working on my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing ways. I am figuring out how to create my life intentionally with faith, compassion, gratitude and joy.
For many years now, I have adopted the saying, “It’s All good”. Most people don’t realize there is more to that. The whole saying is, “It’s all good in the end. If it’s not good, it’s not the end.”
In 30 years of marriage I have had nearly everything I’d hoped for. And lots of things I never expected.
I was able to stay home and be a mom, even when it was hard with 4 kids in 5 years. I was able to work from home to help my family financially: teaching preschool, doing photography, working with direct sales companies (that I thought I was failing at). But life was overwhelming with so many small kids and I felt guilty for feeling that way. After all, this was the life I thought I’d always wanted.
Was I doing it right? What if my best wasn’t good enough?
Then our youngest son died. And part of me died as well. That was 20 years ago.
In those 20 years we added two more kids to our family and had lots of hectic years with sports, and music, and other activities. Add in various nieces and nephews living with us at different times and it was a lot. I felt like I lost myself somewhere in the middle of it all. As I felt pulled in so many different directions, I was never doing enough, and therefore I would never be enough. At least that is what my brain told me regularly. And I felt guilty for feeling that way.
I was always trying to prove my worth by being more and doing more. It came with a large amount of self-loathing and resentment and judgment of myself and others. I felt like no one could understand how I felt. But if I kept myself busy enough I wouldn’t have time to feel worthless either. And I felt guilty for feeling that way.
As my kids started to move away from home it all started to unravel. I had to make changes for myself or I would not survive. And I couldn’t go on feeling the way I felt most days. I started looking for solutions.
I have learned so much from reading and studying so many sources, but what has helped me the most to overcome my struggles and to reach for new goals (besides the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ), are the tools I use now to coach my clients. Thanks to my training at The Life Coach School, I am now a Certified Life Coach, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work I get to do in the world.
Today I have the honor of helping people achieve the results they desire in all areas of their life: physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual.
I feel so grateful to get to work with individuals to improve their confidence, their physical, mental and emotional health, their money situation, their relationships with themselves and others, and their contribution in the world.
I believe all of my previous opportunities and experience has created the perfect background for me to do this work.
And despite the challenges and obstacles I have faced (and continue to face), I can honestly say….. It’s ALL good.
It’s all about perspective.
If you want, I will help you see it as well.