In the last few years, my life felt like it was spiraling out of control. I lost some of my most important family members - my Father, my Grandmother, my Stepmom, and more recently, my precious fur-baby of 16 years!!
My kids are grown and out of the house, and now, my husband and I are both retired - and at one point, we struggled to find shared interests. I began to think that life just “wasn’t fair!” I gained weight, was often depressed, cried a LOT, and was “skeptical” - seeming to only see the negative things going on around me. I started questioning my own worth and purpose - I was caught-up in how much I hated my life and thought I was doomed to live this way for the rest of it! Unfortunately, I also realized that this was not just affecting me, but the people that I loved!
Not knowing where else to turn, I was seeking a counselor, but was hesitant to make a choice. As if it was MEANT TO BE, my husband randomly found an ad on Facebook that would change my life for the better! Who knew that a Life Coach was what I needed??!! Cindy Holt Smith saw that I was “broken” and lacked self-esteem. She was like an Angel sent from Heaven, because when I couldn’t do it myself, SHE picked me up, dusted me off, and redirected me!!
She helped me understand that I wasn’t living my life for ME, and I was happy doing everything I did in life FOR OTHERS!! (What perfect sense this made, given the fact that I helped care for my elders, and was a mom, not to mention a Special Ed Teacher!).
I learned that I don’t have to say “yes” to things I do not choose for myself . I came to realize that I am allowed to have unfavorable moments that bring me down, and I am getting beyond them more easily and quickly - no pity, no wallowing, but in the spirit of EMPATHY!
She taught me how to embrace my flaws and imperfections, teaching me resilience in the process. She helped me realize that I don’t have to wait for others to make me happy - I can do it myself with the choices I make everyday, doing what I believe in and what is uplifting for ME!
I am allowing the unknown of every encounter of each day fill me with joy, no longer setting “expectations” for myself or others! I am finding it easier to forgive, and let go of moments that hurt or break my heart. I know that life isn’t always easy, but because of Cindy, I am able to now trust the journey! I have even been working with a personal trainer - Cindy has helped me with this part of my journey by encouraging me not to use the word “diet,” but “life-style change!” (I also love the fact that she believes in “moderation, not deprivation.” )
She truly IS empowering me - she put me in charge of my own life, which gives me the power to change what makes me unhappy, and change the way my story plays out!
The person I am coming to be is the one I have been waiting for, and because of this, my husband and I are going to be celebrating our 30th Anniversary, more IN LOVE than ever! I am living a life of my own choosing, with unbridled abandon, curiosity, and bravery! Cindy’s empowerment coaching is like the Japanese art style of “Kintsukuroi,” - a style of repairing broken ceramic with gold to make it become more beautiful and stronger than before!