When you are considering a coach, you're going to want to 'click' with them. It's like any other relationship; the better you work together, the better the result.
So, here's a 1-pager about me.
I grew up in an Italian family in Adelaide, Australia and was generally the 'music one' throughout school. I played piano predominantly, earning my Certificate in Performance and becoming pianist in residence for a local orchestra. I'm intelligent, which shone through back then, and I enjoyed the challenge of acing exams, competitions and performances. Getting results is what I was praised for, and gave me a high-achieving reputation which I totally soaked up. I thought this was good.
Overwhelmed by the multitude of choices I had and the high expectations of me from school, I went to uni, as I was told that's what I should do. I probably tried almost every degree on offer at uni, from product design to medicine. Five and a half years later, I had me 2 degrees: Environmental Policy and Management, and Advanced Chemistry. Every uni break I was doing some related internship or work experience to put me in good stead for post-uni, as I was told I should do too. Now? I don't professionally use either.
Moving into the real world, my identity (or what I thought my identity was) fell apart as I realised working hard and giving results doesn't equal success in the way I had been taught my entire life. Nor could I live on instructions or praise from others; I needed to start doing it all for myself.
Growing up I didn't have strong friendships, none which have lasted today. It took me a while to grow into myself (still am), and only now have I really started to develop meaningful friendships where I've opened my true self up to others. Letting people in is hard, but incredibly rewarding. There was one person who helped me to do this the most, and that's Luke. We've been together through some crucial growth periods, from childhood to adulthood, and have lived across 3 countries now. 8 years and going strong, that adventure continues everyday.
This brings me to London. Came here 3 weeks after we got married and we're still here. Stepping away from your family and everything you've ever known can teach you some things. I have broken and rediscovered who I am several times (100% will happen again), and it's here that I chose to become a life coach. Some people think that a 20-something can't be a life coach because they've barely lived. These people don't fully understand what life coaching is, because coaching isn't about me and my experience. Coaching is about YOU and asking YOU to delve in and discover what YOU want. I've been trained to do that, with a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching that took me 9 months to study. I also enjoy continuing to further develop myself with CPD opportunities. See that love of exams and achievements up there? I now channel that in a positive way into my coaching skills. With over 100 hours of coaching under my belt so far, I am incredibly passionate about giving my clients the skills they need to transform themselves.
That love of challenges has also made me question some of the decisions I make. I sign myself up to some massive achievements - I've written my first book, I've stood exposed at London's largest wedding fair with a novel concept, but I've also made piano performance mistakes in front of thousands of people, and invested thousands of pounds into a venture to no avail. Life is for living and answering all the what ifs, and while I shake my head at what I say yes to sometimes, I'm always glad for it in the end.
At uni I discovered my values and views of the environment and gender equality. I genuinely believe that alone we are great but together we can achieve wonders. Growing a sustainable and supportive community is an important dream of mine, because everyone can be their best in that environment, including the planet.
My growth, my journey, my coaching journey, are all dynamic and still going.
On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, my personality matched most with ISTJ.
I am an organising queen.
I am a do-er more so than a talker.
I value humility.
Determined, persistent, strong-headed, caring and passionate are words family has used to describe me.
I love reading and I love books.
I hate soft drinks. I've never had a glass of any soft drink in my life.
I also don't like swimming pools.
I love licking the bowl after baking, and eating little bits of raw dough.
When I was younger, I wanted to be an archaeologist.
Since the day I could hold a pencil, I've always enjoyed artistic hobbies - drawing, painting, sewing, craft projects, anything.