Meet Mandy: Life coach with Radiant Spirit Coaching & Daring Way Facilitator
We are so thrilled to be partnering with Mandy for our upcoming workshop: Courage. Like a Mother. on October 15th! 7-9pm at Thresholds in Queen Anne. FREE for Om Mama Members, $25 drop in – Register here!
In this two hour reflective workshop we will use the research of Dr. Brené Brown to define our personal values in motherhood, learn what being a courageous mother means to each of us, and explore how we build trust in our lives as mothers. We will discuss the guiding values that help us make our decisions and how to model them each day – for ourselves and for our children. Dr. Brown reminds us that the original definition of courage was “to tell the the story of who we are with our whole hearts”. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the components of courage and trust and an action plan for implementing them in their daily lives.
Your Story – a little “About You”
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and still refer to the city as home. I met my (now) husband in Uganda, Africa while teaching in 2010 and moved to Seattle at the end of that year. My first career was as a hair stylist and I did that for 10 years as I completed undergraduate and graduate school. I fell in love with teaching in graduate school and life coaching found it’s way to me after having my son.
Why did you decide to pursue this career?
I decided to earn my Life Coach certification for the sole purpose of being eligible to facilitate The Daring Way work (the research and curriculum of Dr. Brené Brown). Her work, specifically Rising Strong, deeply impacted me as a new mother suffering from post partum depression. I use the work in every aspect of my life – in the classroom, with my clients, and as a mother.
Who are significant mother role models in your life & why?
My mother is my role model, 100%. She is my best friend and raised me to value hard work and family. She teaches me how to be a better mother to my son and always has my back. She has taught me that no matter what happens, I always want my son to feel like I have his back.
What does living a fulfilled and happy life mean to you?
I feel most fulfilled and happy when I am serving others – it’s the reason I love teaching so much. Happiness is being a learner, even as an instructor or coach. There is so much magic that takes place when you take the time to connect with others and stay curious about what they can teach you.
Do you have any personal mantras?
The Universe Has My Back. Choose Faith over Fear.
What is your morning routine?
Chaos! This is something I want to get much better at, but the two things I do each morning that bring me small moments of hope and peace are pulling a card from Gabby Bernstein’s “The Universe Has Your Back” deck and putting palo santo oil on my wrists.
What is your favorite gift to give? To receive?
LOL – I gues Seattle has impacted me… They are one in the same – Glassy Baby candle holders. There is something so comforting to me about seeing the colorful vessels around my house and lighting candles is one of my favorite rituals.
What helps you feel calm & centered?
Being near the water has always brought me comfort. Living in West Seattle gives me the opportunity to sit by or walk near the ocean air often and it always centers me.
How has motherhood affected / changed / shaped your career path?
Motherhood brought me to pursue the Daring Way work. Becoming a facilitator of Dr. Brown’s research and curriculum has allowed me to start my own coaching business and made me a better professor. Both of those things make me a more passionate mother.
What is a piece of advice you wish you’d received?
It’s OK to not love every minute of motherhood. It doesn’t make you a bad mom; it makes you a human mom.
What core values do you want to teach your child?
Empathy and gratitude. They are both practices and I want them to be the guide for every decision my son makes.