Why this new journey of ADD Life Coaching? Fact is, I’ve always enjoyed the study of people and what makes them do what they do. I’ve been fascinated with this for as long as I remember. When I was 19, I discovered an audio of Zig Zigler’s and I’ve been obsessed with motivational speakers and self-help guru’s ever since! In the last few years, I have been doing some pretty intensive introspective workshops and educational seminars looking for answers to some of life’s biggest questions. It’s been an amazing journey and somewhat of a tumultuous ride, actually, a very tumultuous ride! I was on a search for something missing or unknown in my life but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I was also feeling really called to do something big with my life, not knowing what big meant at the time. (Mid-life crisis…maaaaybe). I kept feeling like God was telling me to go out and do what I was put here on earth to do but I had no idea what that “something” was. Talk about feeling frustrated – daily proddings from the big guy but no answers in sight! One message was very clear to me that 2014 was going to be my year to play big, get even more uncomfortable and unleash this person inside of me who was fighting to be free.
Here I am now in October and I’ve done some pretty BIG things this year pushing myself physically and mentally and have worked with some amazing leaders who have helped me really step out of the box I had fallen into. The message from them all was “Go out and do what you love and are passionate about and stop playing small.” Funny, I’ve spent allot of time working with and asking the experts to help me find my greatness only to discover that the answer was already inside of me. I was just too afraid to say YES to it and become vulnerable and put myself out there for the world to see. Thus, the creation of my new business, Kristin Tatman Coaching for ADD Life Coaching was formed.
Truth is, I love people and when I see people hurting and in pain, I suffer right along with them. I feel this overwhelming need to go to their rescue to see how I can help. They say that those of us who want to help others are suffering from our own pain, which is where the passion comes from. This is certainly true for me since I spent much of my childhood feeling stupid based on how my teachers handled my ADD symptoms, anxiety and learning differences. Not to mention how I’m sure I frustrated my parents with my inability to like school or do my work to the degree they knew my intelligence was capable of.
The good news is that I have spent all of my adult life looking for solutions to clear up my confusion or as I like to call it “suffering”, so I’m pretty educated in many facets of self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-love which is what I want to help others with in my business. Much of the issues that I struggled with, especially during childhood, were issues around anxiety, learning disabilities and of course, ADD of which I have never been officially diagnosed but I’m sure I wear it well! Next came the pain of watching my kids go through all of the same things. That was when I put on my bootstraps and threw myself into educating me on anything and everything involved with those three issues and then some. More to come on this journey in another blog but with 3 teens aged 14, 16 and 18, I can assure you that this mom has done the work, learned what works and what doesn’t and now I’m ready to share my success and failures with those who are interested and ready to end the chaos.
So, here I am on a journey of moving forward, living out my passion and not letting the little things hold me back anymore. If I write a blog, I’m going to post it, staying true to my motto of “do it now” approach. I am finally in a place where perfection is not nearly as important to me as sharing my message with others traveling on a similar path who are in need of some answers and encouragement. And, I now understand that if you have a message to share that can help others avoid the same pain and mistakes you have made and you don’t, you are not only not living in your purpose but also allowing fear to run your life. So, as I was brushing my teeth this morning, that little voice inside of me said, “start your blog with this” and here it is!
Side Note: Feeling happy that I am writing my first blog today for my new coaching business. Let me first tell you that even though I went to an amazing high school and had a fantastic grammar and writing teacher and tutor (thank you Mrs. Fultz and Kathy Witt!), I am writing this blog and posting it with no one else previewing it which will continue to be the case or it will never get done! For those of you who are avid proofreaders, you will probably have a hay day with my writings. And if you do, I’m happy to entertain you. If you are one of these people who just love this stuff and want to preview my blogs for me for fun, let me know that too…I’d love some free advise!