All photos of Karen Marie Johnston in this post taken by Sophie Carefull
I have been wanting to shine a light on my incredible clients and the truly incredible work they do for a long time and this post is the first (of hopefully many) that will allow you to get to know them and their work.
I am excited to be kicking off these client stories today with a very special human: Karen Marie Johnston.
I am a proud affiliate for the Beautiful You Coaching Academy the life coach training I undertook and wholeheartedly recommend. A part of the work I do includes supporting life coach trainees with their coaching journey through my bonus offer.
This is how Karen came into my life in 2018 when she was wanting my support with her coaching journey and since then I have been so inspired by her and the work she does.
Karen is a proud social worker who has two decades of experience working and supporting people in this deeply important and needed way and brings all of this (plus her own life experiences) to her coaching work.
In this interview, Karen shares what led to her deciding to become a coach, her background in social work and her experience with bringing coaching into the work she does now. She shares her experience becoming a coach with the training school we both trained with (and love!). She shares what it was really like to work with me and get my support for her own coaching journey. And so much more!
You can learn more about Karen and her coaching story through the interview below and you can also watch (or listen to) a live conversation we had together on Instagram. I know you will be just as inspired by her and the work she does as I am!
Today is a special day… It’s World Gratitude Day! And yes it’s a real thing!
World Gratitude Day began in 1965 in Hawaii and since then has become a day that is celebrated and acknowledged across the entire world.
World Gratitude Day is a day to bring the whole world together in being thankful and to celebrate with gratitude.
So on that note, here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate World Gratitude Day today:
The number one question I get asked about gratitude is, “How can I be grateful when I’m going through a challenging time?”
People know that when they’re going through something challenging, that is when we need practices like gratitude the most. However, this can also be a really hard thing for us to do when we’re experiencing challenges. And I believe it’s not always the kindest thing for us to do during these times.
Something that I lean on (even more) during challenging times is my gratitude practice. It’s something that anchors me and keeps me connected to what’s really important.
I know a lot of people are going through a challenging time at the moment and I want to make it clear right away that I don’t believe that gratitude is “the answer” for this or that this practice is going to be supportive for everyone right now.
However, I know for some people (like myself) this can be a supportive practice to focus on during challenging times. It’s something I’ve personally been leaning into even more during the challenges of this year and also while where I live (Victoria in Australia) is currently on stay at home restrictions.
I know that people are looking for all kinds of different support right now, so I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how I can best support you at the moment.
I’ve been having many conversations with clients and those around me about what they are doing to support themselves during everything that is going on in the world at the moment.
As we come to the end of the year I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and all that unfolded during the year.
2019 was an interesting year for me. I spent more time focusing on my health, than I did on my work. I had less ‘output’ than previous years, but felt like the work I was doing was more meaningful than ever. I didn’t create anything new this year, but I deepened the things I continued to offer and really honed the processes behind everything.
I have worked with the most incredible clients this year, which I’m so grateful for. I also continued to mentor and support life coach trainees with their coaching journeys (through one-to-one support and group coaching), which has become a much-loved and fun addition to my work. I continued to support people to add more gratitude into their lives through The 28 Day Gratitude Project, which I updated this year with new audio content. And the most unexpected part of my work this year was volunteering at a local youth organisation, which was both challenging, rewarding and given me clarity on the work I want to do with young people moving forward.
My biggest achievements in my work this year was receiving an award for my work as a coach and also being invited to speak on a panel about the power of gratitude. But I think the thing I am most proud of is doing work that feels meaningful to me and continuing to grow as a coach.
Each year I love to look back and reflect on the most popular posts on One Infinite Life for the year and then share them with you. It’s always so interesting to see what resonated the most. And on that note, here is the best of One Infinite Life for 2019…
On Friday 15th of November I attended the Beautiful You Inspiration Day in Melbourne held at the very cool Creative Cubes space.
I’ve attended a couple of Inspiration Days before (you can read about them here and here), but this one was extra special because I was invited to be a speaker on the panel for the day, which was a real honour.
It was also special to meet new life coach trainees who are excited by what they are doing, to witness the graduates of the latest course and for me it was extra special to get to meet in person and share the day with several of my clients who are becoming life coaches themselves.
I was incredibly nervous about speaking so I didn’t know how I was going to enjoy the day, but I got a lot out of the day and listening to the other speakers. I also wrote several paces of notes (I’m a reflective learner), so this is what I have used to put this blog post together for you.
Here are my reflections and takeaways from the Inspiration Day, with all photos taken by the incredible Fi Mims Photography who (as always) captures days like this so well.
Last year I found myself in a really bad place health wise, probably the worst I’ve ever been. It all happened after I had wisdom teeth surgery at the end of the previous year. So last year included on-going pain, multiple infections and even though I didn’t know it at the time a severe jaw condition.
It was during this time that I had the realisation that living my life was not being prioritised the way I wanted it to be. I remember lying on the couch in-between client calls and work and telling myself, “When I feel better I’m going to do ALL of the things.” And I would imagine how I would live my life when I was well enough to do so.
Question: Have you ever gotten so discouraged that you haven’t achieved what you wanted that you decided to give up working towards it all together?
I get it… I’ve been there before (many times!) and I know what it’s like to feel discouraged about your goals, disappointed in yourself for not achieving what you wanted and feeling unmotivated to keep moving forward.
A few years ago I was asked, “How do you stay motivated in winter?” and as we’ve just officially entered winter here in the Southern Hemisphere I thought it would be a good idea to come back to this post and update it with some new thoughts and insights I have about this idea.
I now (more than ever) really embrace each season of the year and try to be intentional about supporting myself in each season in whatever ways I need to in order to feel good. I’ve found that even though I find some seasons more productive than others, it’s more about being intentional about how I approach the season and how I support myself.
Even though in Australia winter isn’t that long or as harsh as it can be in other parts of the world, which I’m grateful for. However I know that for me it’s the time of year where it can be really challenging to feel motivated and to get what you need to done.
In this post I’m sharing some ideas on how to embrace and make the most of winter, including why it’s okay not to be motivated all the time, some ideas on how you might support yourself and I’ve also included some personal insights into how I’m supporting myself going into winter this year and some winter recommendations for you! ❄️