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What is at the core of my coaching?

I believe God created each of us with unique gifts and talents so that the world He created would be interactive and interdependent. I believe our capabilities far exceed anything we can imagine and we have no idea how good our life can really be if we fully engage these gifts. Unfortunately, we get caught up in the day to day and often miss the boat or settle for less than He intended. By doing a lot of internal examination, we can discover our gifts and our strengths and use them to live the full life He designed for us, despite the “junk” that often surrounds us. In so doing, we can discover what it’s like to live a life that feels comfortable to our core. He has a perfect plan for each life He creates.

What qualifies me to coach?

I am first and foremost a communicator. My initial college major was Journalism. I love to write and have a passion for word expression.  I taught school for many years and later attended the University of Georgia where I received a Masters degree in Counseling and did post-M.Ed. work. Subsequently, I developed a great interest in coaching which led me on a personal journey in my own life and career. As a result, I obtained my Professional Coaching Certification, leading to the creation of Its All About Change™.  I have used my teaching, counseling, and coaching skills in a variety of settings.  I am a member of the International Coaching Federation, and the American Association of School Counselors.  Although I coach from a Christian perspective, I do not limit myself to Christian clientele.  It is my desire to be a light to all women.

What am I like as a coach?

I am a reality-oriented coach. My goal is to work with clients in their present framework and move forward as quickly and succinctly as possible. My desire is to see them stretch and grow beyond their wildest imagination. Being a part of the process fuels my own passion for coaching and challenges me to be a better person and a better coach every day. I think the thing that I bring to coaching is my natural love for people and my desire to validate them as individuals. In my coaching practice, this is foremost in my mind. This is how I approach people I meet and is the basis for the way I coach. I believe you will feel this instantly when you call me. And of course, God is our master of ceremonies. As our emcee, He presents the performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the event moving.

What are my interests outside of coaching?

Outside of my professional life, I have a love and appreciation for anything creative, whether I’m in the kitchen, the garden, writing, or playing “at” the piano. I love art and art history. I enjoy photography and gardening and combining the two arts. I learned to love digging in the dirt from my mom who instilled in me a love of the land. I love cooking, and entertaining friends in my home. I have lots of fun decorating my home with garage sale and flea market treasures which fit my very informal personality. I’m a strong advocate of GIRLFRIEND time, whether we are playing, shopping, venting, or eating chocolate!! A perfect day for me would be spent at the beach with family, good friends, good food and a good book…and chocolate for dessert!!! :>)

I attend a non-denominational Christian church. Over the years I have held many positions and been part of various ministries. Most recently, through the Bill Glass Prison Ministry, I had the privilege of leading a Bible study with women inmates. Nothing could have prepared me for the blessing I received while working with those women. I thank them for welcoming me! Now I have the opportunity to work with women who have left the prison system and are trying to get their lives back together. Remember, It’s All About Change. It’s all about looking forward, not backward or dwelling on the past.

My family

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I have been married for 33 years. My husband, Carl, is employed by a large corporation in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys biking and racquetball in his spare time. Together we have 2 sons, ages 26 and 31. We weathered the teenage years with the usual household/familial issues: battling homework, bedtimes, friends, grades, curfew hours, studying (or lack of it), ADHD, girlfriends, and a myriad of other issues.
If you are a parent, then you know the issues because the majority of us face similar ones. My sons are totally different. Matt has creativity flowing from every pore on his body, is a musician in every sense of the word, owns a recording studio, and is my out-of-the-box thinker. I love his humility, his smile, and I love listening to him play his acoustic guitar.
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josh Josh is a soccer enthusiast, plays tennis, and loves video games. I love his wit and watching him laugh until he falls on the floor which then makes me laugh! I miss him a lot while he is away at college studying the computer technology end of business. Both boys have been my greatest teachers. Isn’t that the way it is with kids?! Mine are the diamonds in my life, the stars in my sky. I am so very proud to be their mom.

I am sole owner and creator of a life coaching practice, IT’S ALL ABOUT CHANGE™ , located in the metro Atlanta area. It is my heart’s desire to see women stretch and grow, and become empowered to live a full and happy life as God intended. I would love to be a light for you as you seek His will and the best for your life. I look forward to partnering with you in this venture. We’re only here for a very short time. Let’s squeeze every bit out of life that we can.

email Shirley: coachshirley@gmail.com

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