Alumni Articles

This space is dedicated to the Animas students and Alumni to allow them to share with you, their personal stories, challenges and successes on their journey into coaching.

Life as a journey by Laila Edy

I recently discovered one of my personal strengths is ‘futuristic’ (CliftonStrengths Assessment). Whilst this sounds like I have some natural affiliation to sci-fi (I admit I am partial to the odd vintage episode of Star Trek) it’s actually about foresight and learning from the past to improve future outcomes... This makes total sense to me, I love thinking about my future life - I have clear ideas about where I want to live and how I will spend my time. And I bet, whether you share this strength or not when Monday morning rolls around you find yourself thinking about what a different future could...

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Getting “Out There” With Self Love: Yanina Nikitina

This is a short story from a recently qualified Transformational Coach who is trying to make the first steps towards “out there”... The experience I want to talk about is not directly related to the coaching process, but I know this is something which a lot of coaches will consider doing. I am talking about PUBLIC SPEAKING. And the reason why I think it's worth sharing my experience with fellow coaches is that I am 100% sure that you will go through the exact (or very similar) spectrum of emotions when it will be your time to prepare your talk. And then, in the darkest...

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The New Way to Flourish by Ruth Newton

My journey has been one of transformational connection. Connection to myself, connection to a supportive community, connection to a purpose bigger than me.  Coaching took me from feeling incohesive in myself to a place of harmony and relatedness...   When I first came to coaching my life seemed great, well, on the outside anyway. I was living in London with my boyfriend who I had a great relationship with. I was also growing my own business which afforded me both the flexibility and financial freedom to do a lot of the things I wanted to do. The problem was it hadn’t turned out the way...

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Giving a Sh*t by Liz Goodchild

A month or so ago, I met up with someone for a cup of coffee... Since moving to Germany last year, my all-encompassing loneliness has been much like a drunk, washed up glam metal rockstar from 1982: out of control, sporting an aggressive mullet, and begging for attention. As a result, I’ve been making waaaay more of an effort to meet new people. All in all, the person I hung out with was great. We swapped stories about life in Germany (she’s a transplant, too), belly laughed about bizarre German traditions, and talked about how hard it is living in a country where you don’t...

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Coaching Through Career Change by Sinead Howland

I’ve been working in the field of Careers for over fifteen years. What I love most about my job is hearing people’s stories. Career coaching is as much about life as it is work - to show you how I work with my clients I thought I would share some of my clients’ stories... "In my experience, the best way to help clients is to start with self-awareness".   Through coaching and exercises to do at home (yes I give homework!) we build a picture of the client their skills, strengths, passions, interests, work motivators, values, identity and life purpose.    .   Coaching around...

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