Life and Leadership coaching is for people who want to take on the challenge of creating change in their life. While the effort to change will be all yours, a coach helps you see situations more objectively, reframe assumptions and limiting beliefs, mange fears, and recognize your agency in each situation. These are the skills that allow you to remove roadblocks, get unstuck, see more possibilities for yourself, and move forward.
Areas of Coaching
The job of an leader is to set the vision of future success, inspire buy-in for the goal, cultivate a team, meet people where they are at, and communicate effectively so that everyone is aligned and working to achieve the desired goal.
Leadership is a significant responsibility. Leadership coaching helps leaders to see situations from multiple perspectives, develop interpersonal savvy, better listen and communicate to understand what their teams need to perform well.
Life coaching helps adults and young adults make progress in the areas that are most important to them. We all have disempowering stories we believe from fairytales, social constraints, or messages we heard growing up of conditional acceptance and love.
Through skills like curiosity, questioning thoughts and beliefs, trying on alternative perspectives, and learning to grow one's agency, it's possible to become free from the stories that limit us and pioneer your own path.
I have a passion for coaching couples. Under stress our minds resort to seeing a situation through the lens of war. We make assumptions, take things personally, and create stories that vilify those closed to us as an act of self-preservation. Partnership can seem dangerous to our brains. While it feels true, it isn't Truth.
Coaching couples is about getting both partners to see things how they are, not how we fear they might be; then re-establishing communication, understanding and trust, beyond fear and self-protection.
Diary of a LifeCoach
This is where I share the common struggles and insights as I and the people I work with confront challenges, growth, and change.
About Me & Self-Agency
Certified Professional Coach: Life & Leadership
When I started my coaching certification in 2018 I felt lost both personally and career-wise. I was divorced, single, and my recent enterprise as the president of a marketing firm came to an end. Something in me said to get certified as a coach - and so I did. Through the year-long process, coaching gave me the tools to assess my life, find an objective viewpoint, address guilt and shame, then make conscious choices that could moved me to where I wanted to be.
Before the idea of coaching came to me, there was a moment where I was at my lowest of lows. At the bottom of depression, I wanted to find the opposite of what I was experiencing then. To find the adult me when the child me was the one driving the bus. It was something different than what society offered as a solution. It wasn't rah-rah toxic (denial) positivity. It wasn't fist-clenching grit/girl-boss/grind-it-out (forced) motivation. I was looking for something I couldn't name. It was a combination of freedom, liberation, groundedness, empowerment, authenticity, self-actualization, a voice that knew it's worth and didn't need to scream to feel heard. What was this state of being I wanted? The word I was looking for was agency.
I believe most of us feel off-balanced and unsettled much of the time. It's normal because life is uncertain and who we are is constantly changing. But with messages of "just be happy, look on the bright side, so many people have it worse than you, a positive mind fixes everything, fake it until you make it, achieve achieve achieve", it is hard to just be. Instead we act as if we are a character in a play that isn't even our own life.
Agency is about navigating the off-balanced waves that life brings without trying to change the waves themselves. Agency brings peace because you focus on what is yours to control and you let go of the rest. And in focusing on what is yours, you also accept where you are at. You feel like an agent in your life, because you are. It's a bit of a Dorathy moment because you've had the power the entire time. What disempowers us is the idea that we have to change the waves, or go to a different ocean, or be a skilled captain, or have a boat like our friends. We don't.
Agency is about recognizing the ocean you find yourself in right now, deciding where you want to go from here, assessing the tools/strengths/weaknesses/values you have, the levers you have at your disposal in terms of resources, friends, alleys, to push and pull, and then making and owning a plan to take the next few steps based on what is yours to control. And as you execute your plan, deciding to do so in a way that is authentic to you - with how you show up in each moment, the words you use, the way you engage with others, etc. There is so much we can take charge of if we stop getting caught up in the things that are not ours to control.
What’s Being Said
I highly recommend Angela's coaching to everyone. She is phenomenal at judgement-free listening and has guided me to insights that have had a revolutionary effect on my life. Struggling with shame and embarrassment have been a central part of my life for many years, but coaching with Angela has helped me realize I have had the keys to my shackles this whole time.
I highly recommend Angela Greenwell as a life coach! She has helped me change my life for the better even in these most chaotic of times. I have started working out again, I’ve lost 15 lbs, I was able to get my house on the market and sold for over asking price with multiple offers, get out of a relationship that wasn’t right for me, switch to Ansley Atlanta and overall feel happier and healthier than I have in years. I am truly excited for what my future will bring. Thank you Angela!
Genuine, intuitive, and professional with life experiences of her own that make her unique coaching-style so effective! It's easy to connect with Angela and express what is in your heart and on your mind - all essential in getting real results. Sessions are dynamic, insightful, and support clients' agenda. She is truly invested in meeting you where you are, helping you move forward, and supporting you in creating your best life.
How did Angela's coaching make my life better?
Psychologically - I feel WAY more confident about myself. Recognizing choices, letting go of what doesn't matter, I can enter situations trusting myself and others and focus on creating something amazing.
Professionally - these are the most tangible improvements. My leader continues to express her gratitude around how I've been showing up since coaching. Other leaders in the company have expressed similar sentiment. I recently received a special "Founders Equity Grant" as special recognition of my contributions in 2019, and I believe that ending the year on a positive note (with help from Angela and her coaching) contributed to this outcome. Moreover, it seems more and more people at work are feeling comfortable approaching me, as requests for my participation in projects and efforts have grown in the last two months. More opportunity to create, more opportunities to grow.
Personally - I am able to recognize choices everywhere. And recognize the level of control I have over every aspect of my life. This has improved my eating habits, helping me breach the 250lb wall I've been struggling to reach for a year. I've also completed the first draft of a novel, a life goal that I've started at least five times in the past and never finished. These achievements stem from the simple mantra Angela's coaching helped me develop: Recognize your choices, know the outcome you want, and choose accordingly.