From the Desk of Kathleen

Coach Kathleen 

Hi! I'm Kathleen and I thank you for checking out my coaching practice at Personal Retreat Coaching. Here is some info so you have a chance to peak into my heart, my passions, my history and my credentials. This will allow you to get to know me a wee bit as you're considering whether or not we are the right fit to work together in coaching you forward toward more courage and leadership in your life!

 

 

 

  • Question:  What lights you up about this work as a Christian life coach?  What lights me up quite honestly is witnessing the significant progress women, who through the power of the Holy Spirit and being willing to do the work asked of them in coaching, gain in courage to follow the Lord’s calling on their lives. These clients not only face their fears and life-battles but move toward the problem … “running toward the guns” so to speak. Seeing women grow in maturity in their walks with the Lord, surrendering to His plan for their lives and then influencing others for His glory is an amazing privilege! Each circumstance and each woman is different but the commonality is they need courage; they need a deeper trust in and relationship with Jesus and they need a plan. We've all needed just a hand up sometimes. I'd be honored to be that hand for you. 
  • Question:  What sets you apart from different Life Coaches?  There are many excellent Life Coaches  but perhaps what sets me apart is not only am I  a certified Professional Life Coach and certified Christian Life Coach I am also a Master Certified Christian Life Coach through PCCCA (Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy). I hold additional certifications  in Stress Relief Coaching, Wellness Coaching and Joy Restoration / Grief Coaching.  Coaching a woman as a whole person and working toward wellness and health in every area of their lives and seeing progress made one-step-at-a- time is a privilege and honor to be sure! For the client, coaching brings with it courage to face their future and  life- battles with joy and  their transformational change. All of these giving glory to the Lord!  
  • Question:   Does your faith influence your coaching style?   Yes,  it  is my absolute objective to coach from a Christian World-view perspective.  I believe that  "All Scripture is God-breathed and inspired by God" (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).  I also believe that the entire Bible, in its original form, is the inerrant Word of God and I refer to it as the final authority in coaching through challenges. ( John 5:39; Romans 15:4). Please refer to my Statement of Faith for more information.
  • Question: Do I have access to you in between coaching sessions as a client?  Yes, as a client you will not only have insightful,  significant coaching sessions  but you have access to me as your coach through my website via a private client portal which will have a wealth of resources for you.  This will give us access to communication between sessions.
  • Question:  Do you have other education and experiences that would give you a broader view to help clients?   Yes, I  believe that you can feel confident engaging me to guide you as your coach in solving problems. Over the years, my expertise has been honored with notable accolades and a variety of experiences. Along with my Coaching education and certifications I have a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education (teaching) from Colorado State University. I was on staff as  one of the past instructors for coaches for the Joy Restoration Certification class for PCCCA  (Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy).  I am also an author include writing the More Beautiful  Discussion Guide and Bible study for www.MusicfortheSoul.org and  being one of seven collaborating authors for  Leadership Goldmine: 24 Nuggets for Lasting Success by Leelo Bush, PHD. Founder of PCCCA. I am the Blog writer for the blog and coaching e-letter Gentle Nudgings which has relevant coaching tips, resource ideas, and challenges to spur readers on to the next level of success on the goals of life and reaching new levels of courage in their walks with Christ.  I was asked to be one of the speakers and  the panel coordinator for the National Conference for PCCCA 2013, Barefoot Mastermind, on the topic of becoming a Master Certified Christian Life Coach. I was a speaker for the Montana state-wide Pro-Life Day. I have hosted and coordinated a number of Retreats and workshops for women as well as Personal Day Retreats, was asked to be a workshop speaker for the women at a Joni and Friends International Disability Ministry Family Retreat in California on the topic of Personal Retreats as well as was a featured story as a cancer battler and friend on a www.JoniandFriends.org radio program.  My perspectives and activities have been featured in The ACORN newspaper locally  and I have participated in several interviews on Southern California television news programs on special interest topics.  
  • Question:   Are you involved in your church community?  I believe deeply in being part of my local community and I have served our church for a number of years on the Women’s Ministry Steering Committee, the Outreach and Evangelism Team, as a Bible study teacher and worked in our children and nursery programs . My husband and I have both been members at church for several decades.  
  • Question:  Are you involved in your local neighborhood and community?  As a three time breast cancer survivor giving back to support those women going through breast cancer is important to me. I work to be a proactive influencer and encourager in this community of women which no one plans on being a part of.  I have participated in the Avon Walk against breast cancer 2 years, walking a total of 78.6 miles in 4 days.  In addition, in our church, I also served on the committee to coordinate several special events for the surrounding community to help those going through cancer and those serving others as caretakers. I was a speaker at the event for Caretakers and I also taught several series of Bible studies for women in our area (and their families and friends) going through the life-battle of cancer and care-taking process. I routinely work with and coach women who are facing and moving through this difficult health-battle as well as survivors and developing a "new normal" for their lives. I am also the Neighborhood watch captain on our street, have walked and participated in our local half marathon (one of the top 6 nationally), have participated in feeding our homeless community and participated in food drives among other events and activities in the community.                
  • Question: Were you an active participant as a Mother in the community and your children's schools?   Great question! Yes, I was an active parent at our sons Christian Schools including serving as P.F.A. (Parent-Faculty Association) President for Hillcrest Christian School in addition to other parent committees (i.e. Booster Club,  committee to market the school, Room Mom, Sport Mom) and served on the Hillcrest Christian School Board for a three year term after our sons had graduated from the high school.  I was also an active parent when it came to the sports in the community that our sons were involved with. The most prominent sport for them, and thus for me, was Club Soccer. We were all very involved for a number of years ... I as a parent.  Not to mention helping our young sons and the neighborhood kids with all the lemonade stands in the hot summer months on our street corner. (smile)

 

 Five things about me and my experience that might surprise, interest you or be further explanation:

  •  I am a 2 year alumni walker for the Avon Walk Against Breast Cancer. As I mentioned above I have walked a total of 78.6 miles in and around Santa Barbara, California for the events themselves (not counting months of training and several thousand miles!)  and raised enough funds along with my supporters to be able to contribute enough for over 51 under-advantaged women to receive mammograms. As an avid walker my husband and I  completed a local half marathon completing 91.6 miles across the finish lines for me. Living a healthy lifestyle is a “big rock” to this three time breast cancer survivor! Other than walking my favorite exercise is Pilates!
  • Our first son of three boys, Nathan, was born three months premature. He was in the hospital for fifteen months, was home for three months requiring 24 hour care on a respirator, tracheotomy and gastrostomy and went home to be with the Lord at a year and a half from heart failure. I understand the heartbreak of losing a child, the intensity of long-term hospitalization and in-home care-taking at an ICU level. Six months later after losing Nathan ... I experienced a miscarriage and lost our second child.  I know losing children is a very difficult and long battle. 
  • I am also a survivor of Lyme’s disease followed by Fibromyalgia. My belief about ongoing  health issues? “I may have Fibromyalgia but it does not have me.” Choosing to press on to follow the call the Lord has summoned me to sometimes feels like a cross-country race.  It does require courage and is messy but I see it as an adventure (I LOVE adventure!) and I plan to follow in the “dust of His Footsteps” as long as I have breath on this side of Heaven.
  • I am still a country girl in every way as I was raised on a cattle ranch bordering Colorado and New Mexico which has been in my Irish family well over 100 years. I owned a horse named “Lady,” love to ride, showed livestock in 4-H, was a state member officer for Colorado  4-H, was the Colorado Hereford (cattle) Queen and worked at the National  4-H Conference Center in Washington, D.C.. Country music and dancing are in my DNA.  I believe that my love for helping and encouraging others began with my close family ties, rural upbringing and the Junior Leadership program in  4-H and as well as being a cheerleader for eight years and participating in athletics.
  • I  have been married to my college sweetheart for nearly four decades and we essentially met through the 4-H state youth program. We love to travel and have been to over ten countries. We also enjoy the mountains and decorate our home in Mission and Craftsman style  as we find it to feel like a “Personal Retreat.” I loves books, audio books, birds, trees, mountains, music and wind chimes among other things.  Family time with our own immediate family, extended family, church family and close friends hold some of our favorite memories ... and of course, I LOVE walking my adorable little Morkie dog, Ber.

      Fun with my Sis!

                                                                                        (Fun with one of my sisters Dianna!)