As I write this About Me page, I’m filled with gratitude that the feelings I have about my work are so far beyond anything I could have imagined 20 years ago. Simply put, I love my work, and I love my life!
I love how I feel when I wake up in the morning knowing that my work is waiting for me. I love that I find joy in all of my interactions. I love how I get to express myself and my passion for my work. I love that I can choose who I work with. I love the balance I’ve created in my life, with my family. I love that I have the time and space to enjoy my life.
Someone once said to me that ‘you are what you are because someone believed in you’. I’m not sure how true that is for you, but I know for a fact that if I hadn’t had that one person on my side, I’d still be ‘existing’. The job I had loved had disappeared in a re-org and I found myself stuck in work I didn’t enjoy. To boot, I was living in a relationship that was going nowhere. It wasn’t a life. It was an existence. Yes, I was earning a good salary, with benefits including a company car. Oh yes, working for a global telecoms company meant I had a great pension lined up too. Yet, I was so miserable that by my early 30’s the only things I looked forward to were my holidays abroad and retirement. Eventually, with the help of my coach, I realised I deserved more than a few weeks in the sun and a comfortable retirement. I deserved a life.
So, I took a week off work to research and generally get my head around the notion of doing something different. I signed up to study NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and qualified in 1999 as an NLP Practitioner. After that, I qualified as a life coach. Within a year, I had established my own coaching practice and two years later I left the day job to run my practice full time. That was over a decade ago, and I haven’t looked back.
“I have worked with Sandra on and off for several years and her understanding of what makes me tick and how I operate really helps me to gain insight , and she asks very pertinent questions.”S Jones, Hemel Hempstead
In 2004, I updated my skill set to work specifically in career coaching, which complemented my 15 years worth of experience in HR Recruitment including management & selection interviewing.
In 2010, I trained with the Institute of HeartMath to learn how to facilitate resilience and reduce biomedical stress both in myself, and others.
More recently I chose to add children’s stress to my portfolio after seeing huge improvements in my own children and those of friends. I am delighted to help our young people grow into more resilient adults.
Over the years, I’ve invested heavily in my own personal development and I enjoy updating my knowledge through continuous professional development with a supervisor and coach.
I love how my work not only impacts the individuals I work with, but also their families and communities. I enjoy giving back and to that end I choose to work with charitable organisations at a reduced fee. Right now I’m working with Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary.
If you think I might be the coach you’re looking for, I’d love to hear from you. Please contact me and we can discuss how I can help you.
Sandra Swan is a professional life coach based in Luton and Harpenden, near London that specialises in coaching using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and other stress management techniques. Sandra’s coaching style is geared towards corporate executives and mid-life professionals, those looking for mid-life career change and better, more positive work fulfilment. She also works with children to reduce stress. Sandra can facilitate in person coaching with clients throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, or online worldwide.