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.

Finding My ‘WHY’ by Nicola Harker

Last Autumn I was interviewed by Nick Bolton, and I talked about how I had approached my training to get my coaching business started.  I shared my approach, which was to pair my months of training with developing self-care strategies and using a mentor to develop my business vision.  I wanted to finish my training with a clear idea of how I was going to start my business, since this was a complete career change for me. I had spent time interviewing my target market, and I had some clear ideas about my probable niche.  I was ready to build a website, I was charging...

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Dog and a Hedgehog by Sam Ortyl

You are probably thinking what the heck does a dog and a hedgehog have to do with Coaching? Well, if you stay with me I will explain all. My personal development journey started about a year and a half ago, I had been watching tons of videos from Nick Vujcic, Tony Robbins (of course), Les Brown and many others, these guys really got me to see life from a different perspective. I had come across this "coaching" thing a few times but didn't realise its power until my curiosity led me to Animas... The first time I coached someone, I was hooked, it was like...

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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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