Like most kids, I went through stages of being passionate about an idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Something that shaped my experience and helped me to clarify not only what I wanted to do, but what I could do with the experience of living with a disability.
This made my childhood passion for becoming the modern-day female version of Indiana Jones somewhat difficult. As I got older and had many more conversations and learning experiences I learnt about social workers and the field of counselling and psychology support services. These areas of work became my aim for a number of years through high school and into my university studies. I had a vision of my career as one that involved helping people by being part of a support structure that created the fence at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom.
My clarity of purpose came from learning about the differences between how some young people get to grow up in comfortable and supportive environments and others don’t. Even in my teens, I could see the impact that these differences in access to resources and support could make to the life path for a lot of young people.
During my university studies, I made the decision that counselling and psychology were not the areas that fit with my vision of how I wanted to work with people, so I decided eventually to focus on working in the field of mentoring and life coaching.
This field enables me to help people reflect on where they are at, clarify goals and create an action plan for their progress towards achieving their goals.
The great thing about this work is that it enables me to work with people where they’re at, in terms of their mental and emotional capacity rather than following a particular method or technique.