Why did you decide to become a coach?
From a very young age, I was a super over-achiever, and as a young adult, I was a workaholic community organizer, first doing solidarity work in Central America and later working in Strategic Affairs for the hotel workers’ union.
But even though I did good and important work, I wasn’t happy. I based my self-worth on how “successful” I was, and I became exhausted trying to be everything to everyone. As a result, I suffered from chronic anxiety, migraines, and other health problems, and after several years of nonstop work, I burned out. For a long time, I felt called to do something different. But I didn’t know what, and I was terrified to let other people down. I ignored my heart and continued to work all day, almost every day.
It took having a baby and recognizing that I couldn’t be the mother I wanted to be while working sixty hours a week to convince me to leave my job. I followed my intuition and embarked on a path toward creating a career aligned with my purpose.
I first followed my passion for supporting new parents through the rite of passage of birth, and I became a yoga teacher, childbirth mentor, and birth doula. Witnessing the transformations that my clients were experiencing in other aspects of their lives sparked my desire to become a coach. In January of 2013, I finally answered my calling to launch my professional coaching practice.
What are your professional training and background?
My friends call me a nerd. A personal development, social change, business strategy nerd.
The training I source from the most include a rigorous certification program as a Presence-Based Coach, a year-long apprenticeship in the Four Agreements, and certifications as a hypnotherapist, Forrest Yoga instructor, and advanced Birthing from Within mentor. I’m also trained as a mediator, wellness coach, craniosacral therapist, Simplicity Parenting facilitator, and MotherWoman group facilitator. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Latin American Studies from Central CT State University, and I’m currently pursuing my MBA in Collaborative Leadership at Marlboro College in southern Vermont. I plan to graduate in August 2018. My current learning edge is around group facilitation, and I participated several Art of Hosting and facilitator trainings this past year.
As a White woman, I am also deeply committed to continuing my anti-racist education, and in 2017, I participated in the People’s Institute Undoing Racism training and the Interaction Institute for Social Change’s training in Facilitation for Racial Justice Work. I recognize that I still have so much to learn and that it is my responsibility to continue pushing myself to learn how to show up as an ally and accomplice in the movements for racial and social justice.
Why are you so passionate about helping purpose-driven people live their calling?
In a world in which so much about our economic and social systems is messed up and it can seem so easy to get stuck in fear and overwhelm, I believe that each of us has a responsibility to do our part to make the world a better place. I also believe that deep down, we are each unique manifestations of life living through us. When each of us wakes up and chooses to heed the voice of our calling, we collectively take one step closer to co-creating the world we want to see.
I am dedicated to supporting a global movement of change-makers, social entrepreneurs, healers, and community leaders who are ready to fully live their calling while sustaining their passion for the long haul. In this way, I work with my clients to co-create a healthier, happier, and more just world for our children and our children’s children.
Certainly! I’ve designed our coaching programs to help you get clear about where you’re headed and then build steady momentum towards your goals. During our first two sessions, you and I create a personal development plan together, which is a structure that focuses your attention on what’s most important and helps you stay on track and accountable to your goals.
After that, we meet two or three times per month. In each session, we celebrate your wins, troubleshoot about your stuck spots, and then focus on moving forward towards your next goal. At the end of each session, we create a specific, achievable action plan for the week ahead, and in between sessions, you have unlimited email access to me, so that you can ask questions if you ever feel lost and get feedback on pieces you’re working on.
I offer proven strategies and practices to help you create change much faster than you could on their own. In our work together, you will transform old thought patterns that hold you back and create new strengths that last. I create space for you to hear your own voice and hold up a mirror to help you see truths you didn’t see on your own. You could say I’m a mix between a thought partner, investigator, guide, teacher, and fiercely compassionate accountability partner.
While I follow a tried and true methodology, my professional coaching is highly personalized and tailored to support your unique needs. In every great story, the hero has allies. I am yours.
Depending on what you’re working on and how frequently we meet, coaching packages are an investment of between $450 and $750 per month, with the initial month usually being about $1000. I offer a scholarship rate for low-income community organizers. Most clients work with me for an initial six to nine months. And, given the benefits they see, many clients continue working with me after this initial period.
Some clients pay up front, and some use a payment plan; some pay with checks and others use a credit card. If you apply for a discovery session and we decide to work together, we’ll work together to come to a solution that best serves you and your needs.
First off, I only contract with clients who are deeply committed to their personal and professional transformation. Our work together is about lasting habit change, and habits usually take time to change. Because of that, I typically do not work with clients who are not ready to commit to working together over an extended period of time.
That said, I am also deeply committed to operating in an ethical manner. One of my ethics is that if a client is not receiving benefit from coaching together, they can stop at any time. I honor the fact that coaching is a significant investment, and I am committed to you receiving a return on your investment that you feel great about.
I’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars in my own professional development, and I know just how scary this can be. The questions I ask myself when making any big investment are: What does your gut tell you about receiving support? And, what is the cost of not doing this? In other words, what will your life be like if you don’t take this step forward and continue on exactly the way you have been?
Deciding to invest in support requires a leap of faith. Almost any effective leader will tell you that the key to success is having the courage to listen to your inner guidance, even in the face of fear. That said, if the cost of coaching means not putting food on the table, then now is probably not the time. If that is the case for you, I invite you to download my free offerings, work to put a solid financial ground under your feet, and then reach back out where you’re ready.
Yes. The long-term success of an organization is directly linked to the skills of its leaders. I provide confidential, professional support to non-profit and business leaders. Together, we form collaborative partnerships to grow even more effective organizations.
It can take some courage, but in many cases, I recommend asking your employer if they would cover the costs of coaching as an investment in your professional development.
Although it can take a few weeks or months before we schedule a session, I am usually taking next clients. Part of the reason for this is that it’s very important to me that my clients get results and don’t become dependent on me. I help my clients set themselves up for long-term success in a relatively short amount of time.
My clients are change-makers, visionary creators, social entrepreneurs, healers, and community builders. My clients are go-getters and high-achievers who are looking for a mentor with the skills and expertise to help them reach the next level of fulfillment in their lives. To them, being successful includes having the freedom to be their authentic selves and find harmony between all the pieces that are important to them.
I work best with individuals who are ready to take full responsibility for their personal fulfillment. While I will guide and support you each step of the way, you are responsible for taking the action necessary to change your life. My programs will not work for you if you are looking for someone to fix you or if you are not willing to implement what you learn.
I’m very selective in choosing who I work with, (gently) turning away people who aren’t suited for my programs because they wouldn’t get the results they signed up for. (That wouldn’t be fair to them!).
Yes. While I see many of my clients in my office in Greenfield, MA, I see most of my clients over Skype. I’ve worked with clients as far away as China, Wales, and Canada. The downside of working virtually is that we can’t sip tea together or give each other a hug. The upside is that online coaching is equally effective and the results are just as good.
My coaching programs designed with you in mind. If you feel too busy to commit, this may be the most important reason for you to get started. I encourage you to follow your gut—if it is telling you to wait, now might not be the time. But, if your intuition is urging you to receive support, then jump on board, and we’ll begin by investigating ways to create more time and space in your life.
Michele Stohen of Cape Town, South Africa, is Administrator Extraordinaire at the Core Brilliance Academy. She brings an extensive business background, a passion for wellness, and an amazing spirit to our work. Michele is a vital part of moving our mission forward, and I am daily reminded of how grateful I am to have her by my side (albeit virtually!).
Certainly—that’s a question I get asked a lot! Think “Go love.” Golub sounds just like “go love,” only with a “b” instead of a “v.”
Start by applying for a free discovery session so we can see if we’re a good match for each other. Or, if you’d prefer, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to talking more about how I can support you to step fully into your calling and make the contribution you’re here to make.