We started Your Time Coaching in 2016, but we have been coaching and have known each other… a lot longer! Two friends, with corporate backgrounds, fulfilling a dream to work for ourselves and help other people.
In our previous retail careers, we managed and worked with teams in the UK and globally from operations and merchandising to marketing, but whatever the role, we always ended up doing the same things: developing and mentoring our teams for promotion, connecting colleagues to enable them to grow the business and themselves, and supporting colleagues with work and personal challenges. We did this not as part of our job description but because we enjoyed it and we were good at it.
In 2013 Sarah left the corporate world and began working for a family run independent business. A couple of years later, having become a parent and with a timely redundancy, Dawn followed. We realised we were in the position we had always talked about. We worked with a career and life coach and this had a huge impact on us both. We experienced first hand the power that one on one coaching can have and this is what inspired us to become coaches focused on helping individuals to grow and achieve.
We work together because we have more fun, more ideas and energy when we do. For each other we are coach, mentor and friend. We get how important it is to have honest, non judgmental support around you - call it your team, your village, your tribe, your circle, it doesn't matter - the point is we all need one. This is how we approach our partnership with your clients; we are privileged to join their team and be part of their next big step.
Since starting YTC we have specialised in the areas we really love, following our strengths and passions: Sarah into career coaching and Dawn adding Hatha Yoga and meditation to her life coaching.
As well as one to one coaching, we run workshops together blending our expertise and making some of your best material more accessible to more people . We also run a free Netwalking group, bringing people in business or thinking of starting one together in the fresh air to share challenges, ideas and connect.
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My journey took a big change of direction back in 2013. I had begun to lose my work life balance; I was dealing with difficult situations at work and for the first time I felt out of control. After some tough decisions, I took a step back and started working with a career coach. This is when I began to get back to being 'me'. Having someone not connected to my work or home life to listen, support and guide me was exactly what I needed. Ensuring others don't have to go through tough times like this alone is my number one mission.
I also know it's not all about the bad times. Things can be good, but you just need someone to challenge you and give you a push forward. As I've got older I've realised I really thrive on that feeling of achieving something others or I thought would never happen. I like to set myself challenges like climbing Machu Picchu or parachuting out of planes - don't worry if that's not your thing! I've found balancing my time and energy equally is not more difficult, as they require consistent and deep change to my thinking and my self-confidence. So, more often you will find me walking my slightly crazy dog Bella with my friends, topped off by a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the end of it.
It doesn't matter how big or small the challenges are they are all important. I believe getting the right practical support can make anything you want possible. As my journey continues to grow and move forward, I can't wait to support others in theirs too.
When asked as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was pretty standard; a waitress, which then changed to air stewardess - despite realising I wanted to travel and see the world, I still wanted to do it serving other people!
I did waitress for a while, went to Uni here in the UK and in the US, lived and worked with elephants in Sri Lanka, then came home and served shoes instead of food. This led to a fantastic career in retail taking me through store management to Head Office in the UK then working with teams across Europe and Asia - tick - I got to work and travel and loved every minute of it.
Now you find me serving people in another way - coaching and teaching yoga. I'm living in the beautiful Dorset countryside with my own family just a stone's throw from where I grew up - didn't see that one coming!
Did I have a plan? Yes. Was any of this in it? Not really, but I know if I hadn't had that plan; somewhere to work out my ideas, set myself deadlines, then I wouldn't have been open to new opportunities when they did come up.
I have learnt to spend time on the things I love and that I'm good at. Developing those strengths rather than the things I think I should improve but don't enjoy and so will never be any good at!
I believe a goal and a plan is a valuable tool if you want to move forward, but it's no good if you don't truly connect to the vision and values behind it, letting the details evolve as you go.
That's how I got here and the plan is to stay ... at least until the details start to evolve again.