Hi, I’m Olivia and I live in the Cambridgeshire Fens with my partner and our 2 dogs. I am a certified transformational life coach and I am passionate about empowering others to live a life aligned with their values and beliefs.
I am no stranger to career change. My first career was in law enforcement as frontline police officer. After 9 years I left and worked in the corporate sector as an HR Manager.
There are a combination of reasons for my career changes. I suffered with ill health; PTSD, anxiety and depression in the police, and unexplained chronic pain when working in HR. In both careers, despite having success, I felt like I was acting the role of someone I should be, rather than being my true self. I didn't know who my true self was, I had never taken the time to meet her.
One day, I knew the time had come to find out who I was and what I was truly capable of. Having had some experience of workplace coaching I retrained as life coach and found my calling. I now work as a personal and career development coach, helping people to find clarity in their own lives.
Coaching - A Personal Experience
Being coached myself has had a significant impact on my life. I feel like I know who I am. I have broken down some of the barriers I put up, I have taken risks, and I have purpose and direction. My confidence has grown and I have learnt new things about myself. Here are just a few real life examples of the impact coaching has had on me:
I left my job, retrained as a life coach, and set up my coaching practice.
I learnt new skills like how to build a website.
I pushed myself to do things that scare me, such as climbing and ziplining in spite of a lifelong fear of heights.
I spoke to people and built connections, a challenge for someone who can be shy and very introverted.
I stood up on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo and spoke confidently and without preparation for 5 minutes at a live recording of 'My Favorite Murder' podcast in front of 3,500 people, including the 2 podcast hosts (as pictured). This led to me to discover a love of public speaking. This episode has since been released to their 19.5 million listeners.
What Else Do I Do?
In addition to running one to one coaching sessions with clients I also:
Run group coaching workshops and webinars
Dedicate my time to being President of Anglia Communicators Toastmasters Club
Volunteer as a coach for the charity Yes Futures
Write, host and produce a podcast called 'Naked Truth with Carmen & Olivia'
Helped set up and run a voluntary coaching initiative, Support Haven, to assist people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Host 'Weighting Times May Vary' Podcast
Speak at events to share my experience and knowledge