Parents are master negotiators, counsellors, strategists and relationship experts. Now, how about if, like Karen Moilliet, you’ve raised and home-educated seven children – five boys and two girls – with an age range spanning more than 20 years.
“I had quantity time with my children to talk with them and help them plan out their lives,” says Moilliet. “I was constantly figuring out what motivated them, educating them toward their strengths and ultimately, helping them reach their potential.”
Moilliet also has a business background; running a sheep ranch with husband Ian.
Five years ago, with most of her children out of the family home, Moilliet turned her self-taught expertise into a career. She’d always been a go-to person for members of her community seeking to share their problems, but now she wanted a way to help guide them to take action. So she took training with Essential Impact, an internationally known corporate coaching firm based in Vancouver, and became a life coach working with individuals, couples and businesses.
“Life coaching is a pretty nebulous term. To help people understand, I usually point out that you can’t see your own eyeballs – only someone on the outside looking at you can," says Moilliet "I help clients to see their lives from an outside perspective by asking powerful questions that help them come up with their own intelligent solutions.”
Outside work, Moilliet is an active member of the community in Vavenby, BC., volunteering with the church and supporting young parents in practical ways.
“I’ll help them out in the garden, take them a meal when they’re sick, babysit or just chat with them,” she says.
It’s all part of her life’s mission to provide help and to see people progress.
“Every time I think of coaching an individual or group, it’s about helping them achieve success. To see someone get unstuck, move forward, accomplish small goals and become successful on their journeys - I get a rush from that," she says.
Moilliet consults with clients at her home or will travel to your home or business. She also conducts sessions over the phone or Skype. To find out more, visit Lifecoachhelps.com