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!
I had worked with people for 20 years and this felt like a natural extension of my work in the community.
Julie (the founder of Beautiful You) was a social worker who had made the transition into coaching. I am a social worker, so I resonated deeply with her work around social justice and anti-discriminatory practice.
It was life-changing! It is such an incredibly intelligent course, covering everything you need to start and run a heart-centred business.
I found the whole course mind-blowing! I learnt that it is ok to be me and build a business around my strengths, personality and uniqueness.
Practice! Having clients and coaching them has helped me to grow as a coach.
Your explanation of working with you was so well put together and thorough. I felt safe with you and I knew that your support would be a great base to explore how I wanted to show up as a coach.
The time I spent with you 1:1 and being honest with you about my life story.
I am working 1:1 with clients, I run weekly group coaching which is FREE to my community, I have a 12-week course The Codependency Code and I run Self-Love Retreats for women in recovery from addiction and mental health.
I have a client who has been struggling with an eating disorder for her whole life. She came to me for coaching and we undertook a 6-month coaching series. She extended this for a year as the work we undertake is not a ‘quick fix’. She has not been active in her bulimia since we started working together and is now training to support others in this area.
To trust your gut and your heart. I knew when I found Beautiful You that it was 100% right for me. Do your homework, look around, not all coaching courses are the same, it took two years to find the right course for me.
That I work with women who are struggling with alcohol, addictive behaviours and eating disorders and those in recovery from these issues. That my work is trauma-responsive and that I have been a social worker doing outreach to women in the sex industry for two decades and that it is still my favourite thing to do. I am a proud social worker who loves her job and has an incredible business that sits alongside this.
That my retreat business has survived the pandemic, that I get to hold space every week for incredible women, that I have a deeply transformative course, that I get to support women with life-threatening disorders and hold space for them to heal.
The BYCA handbook.
Dancing to very upbeat music – groups.
A cup of herbal tea and a candle 1:1.
What if you did know? (When people say they don’t know)
Sammie Fleming @sammiesonjafleming – I’m a bit in love with her!
Here is the audio of our conversation:
Karen supports women seeking or in recovery from alcohol misuse, addiction, disordered eating, trauma and mental health. You can learn more about Karen and what led to her doing the work she does here.