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Your Vocation Chooses You

I'm sitting here today about to share something that has been floating in my mind for quite some time. Thoughts fade in and out, and it's time to weave it together and make it whole. I've had resistance, this is my first publicly shared writing piece. When I told myself I would write an article about this I was paralleled with every avoidance and doubt. Liz Goodchild said, even if it makes a difference to just one person it counts....

Harpreet Sandhu – Burnout to Bliss, Happiness TV, and Success and Fulfilment Coaching

In this, the first episode of series 4 of the Animas Podcast, Harpreet Sandhu shares his journey from dissatisfaction and unhappiness, to becoming a success and fulfilment coach and Mr Happiness TV. Along the way touching on spirituality, flourishing to fulfilment, authentic happiness and the continuous support of the Animas community. Harpreet is a Success and Fulfilment Coach who empowers people to find Authentic Happiness and Aligned Success, so that they're flourishing to their true potential and their best self,...

Olivia D’Silva – Your Whole Life Economy

Animas’ Head of Media, Jay Mewes is joined by Olivia D’silva to talk about her brand new book ‘Your Whole Life Economy’. Olivia is an accredited Animas Transformational Coach with a wealth of experience in ALL areas of life – you can find out more about Olivia and her book right here: https://www.oliviadsilva.com/ LISTEN or DOWNLOAD the audio here: https://goo.gl/KsB91t “My first experience of life coaching was in 2003. I was 31 and I had been working for the same company...

Gender, Identity and Coaching Workshop: An Interview with Host Yael Nevo

Gender dynamics are all around us. they influence everything from our most intimate choices to global events. But what does gender really mean? Gender consultant and researcher Yael Nevo hosted the most recent Animas workshop Keeping Ahead of the Curve: Gender, Identity and Coaching, sharing the insights and experience that she has gained through more than fifteen years of gender related work and study.  I sat down with Yael pre-workshop to talk about her background in relation to gender, where she...

Anxiety and Me – A Poem

I'd recently become an 'accidental poet' by writing two poems that came to me out of the blue one morning. I didn't so much write them as allow them to emerge - they almost wrote themselves. I shared these poems on an Animas blog post over the summer. A few weeks later I wondered if I could write a poem by choice rather than waiting for inspiration to arise. I'd become aware that I carry around a discomfort about the...

Firsthand Experiences of Gaining ICF Credentials and Why They Matter

ICF credentials. Why do they matter? What's it like trying to get one? Having spent the last few weekends at some of the training modules meeting new students, and getting to know the Animas Diploma in Transformational Coaching in greater depth, I've found that questions around one particular topic seem to come up time and time again: ICF (International Coach Federation) credentialing.  "Do I need to be credentialed?" "Is it worth doing?" "Will it be beneficial to me as a...

How a Life Coach Can Facilitate Profound Change

The role of a life coach is to support and facilitate individuals to achieve profound change and to fulfil their potential. It’s an honoured and privileged role and can be immensely rewarding and itself life-enhancing, as a career. However, how to be a life coach doesn’t itself come with a prescribed path. As you determine how to be a life coach you will need to understand what a life coach does, and the appropriate and most valuable routes open to...

From Breakdown to Breakthrough: How to Own Your Success

I was born in Moscow to an average, low income family. My parents divorced when I was seven years old, my brother just one. I grew up early because I felt responsible for my mother and younger brother. I always considered myself an ordinary girl without any evident talents. At the age of thirteen, we had to move to a very small flat in an unfavourable area. I had to change my home, school and friends. It was here that...

Inside Perspectives: First Steps – An Introduction to Transformational Coaching

If you’d have asked me how I felt about coaching six months ago, I’d most likely have told you that I lean towards National Express over Megabus, though I don’t use them often enough to profess to be any sort of reputable source on cross-country excursions. You see, I had next to no clue what coaching was all about, though that wouldn’t have stopped me from telling you, and myself for that matter, that I knew what coaching was as...