It all started about a week ago, with me sending a Direct Message on Twitter. This was the time that I had my initial contact with Life Coach (focusing on the well-being of women), author, and enthusiast, Christine Spencer. In complete honesty, I wasn’t expecting a response to my message, at least not so promptly. Not because Christine didn’t seem like a wonderful person, but mainly because people just don’t seem to have much time for others these days. You see, I was asking her to share some inspiration and wisdom with Most Life Sarah readers. This isn’t necessarily a simple task, but I was still hoping for the best! A brief moment into my hope, I received a more than enthusiastic response from Christine saying that she would be delighted to help! This was also the first time I learned about her love for the use of smiley faces ツ. Christine includes them quite often in her typing, causing me to find a smile across my own face.
All of our e-mail exchanges throughout the week were kind-hearted, encouraging, and professional. That’s just how Christine Spencer seems to come across in everything that she does. It’s no wonder her book “Your Roots are Showing” currently holds a perfect, five-star rating on Amazon.com. Many of her book reviews even mention how once one begins reading “Your Roots are Showing”, it’s nearly impossible to stop. One particular reviewer, Kathleen Douglas, writes: “This book has attitude, personality and a quirky spark that only Chris has! I loved reading this book and it is something I will continue to reference throughout my life!” (WOW! Throughout her entire life!)
With nothing but positive praise on the insight Christine Spencer offers others, I was beyond eager to receive her reply to the interview questions I sent via e-mail. After having read, and reread Spencer’s interview responses, all I can say is this:
Please do yourself the favor of taking the time to read through her thoughtful responses here. Not only if you are in a state of struggle, but just because this is such an empowering interview. I truly feel like Christine’s advice will improve your outlook on loving yourself, loving others, and your perspective on attitude.
Q & A Session with Christine
Q: At what point in your life did you decide Life Coaching was the path for you?
A: I have always felt the need inside to help people recognize their strengths and potential, exceptionally women, because I am one.
Many years ago, I worked for a corporation structured business, and during this time, it became clear to me that Life Coaching was a path I wanted to pursue. While designing training programs for this company, I was fascinated with how people in any area think and behave. I began studying psychology and behavioral change. This learning and studies helped me in my career of training, motivation and accountability, (nowadays, known as ‘coaching’). In this job I was in charge of leading approximately forty people in my department; having the opportunity to work with some amazing people, and yet, had no idea how incredible they truly were… that they contributed with great significance and worth.
No matter what you do in life, whether it is raising children, making seven figures, a front line key employee or entrepreneur… it all comes down to this; how we feel and think about ourselves.
A “Life Coach” can be defined in many different ways. Earlier in my career my definition might have been “helping others to achieve goals, dreams and desires”. But over time it has become much more than that, and I tend to look at things differently. Now, it is like a fire inside me… I am on a personal mission to inspire women in a movement of self-love and self-worth.
I’m passionate and an eternal optimist, and these traits allow me to live my purpose. Even though I’m still on my own journey of discovery, I have realized I have a gift; an innate ability to meet, relate to, and inspire people to achieve a higher quality of life, and to help others realize their own potential.
I can tell you this, Sarah. During my burnout recovery, I trained as a Life Coach and discovered, that each of us have our own ‘rock bottom’ (our story), our defining moment of courage. It is at these exact moments that ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life.
I think back to all my trials and tribulations…I struggled, a lot, again and again! I feel strongly about trusting, it is all a part of the journey, our lessons. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strength, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we will stumble upon obstacles that lead us in a different direction; sometimes these hurdles are really a blessing in disguise (only we don’t realize that at the time). We must be brave enough to stand ‘rooted’ in the wisdom that there are no accidents and that everything is exactly as it should be. Today, I live in the moment. Every circumstance or situation is an opportunity to grow and learn, a chance to recognize our worth.
Life Coaching allows me to make a difference in helping others.
Q: Your book “Your Roots are Showing” has touched many women’s lives, why do you think that is?
A: Here are a few thoughts of wisdom. Daily reminders to nourish our spirit:
- We all have scars. A reminder – always be kind, because someone we meet along the way may be fighting a battle we know nothing about.
- Keep a grateful journal by your bedside; write down things you are grateful for in your life.
- Making mistakes, failing, falling and getting up again is exactly what life is all about. It is about us learning and growing. Don’t allow your past to define you. Let go. Forgive.
- Always surround yourself with love, removing negativity from your life.
Self-love does not come from writing a book, or from making a million dollars, or from buying a new house. Self-esteem comes from the loving choices we make every day – the choices we make that tell us… You are important. You are an awesome person. You deserve to have greatness, you matter! Be Happy!
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