What does it mean to live your truth?
It's a question that many people shy away from, and yet ... it is THE question, isn't it?
Which is why I'm incredibly passionate about teaching beautiful souls like you the skills and awarenesses you need to engage with it from a grounded and empowered place.
I was born in New Zealand and grew up as a painfully shy child. As I moved into adulthood, I built a successful career in the IT industry, and worked as a senior user researcher for several multi-national companies. I studied and worked in the United States, Canada, and Germany, and completed a Master's in Psychology and a Bachelor's in Human-Computer Interaction.
In 2009, however, I still felt completely unsatisfied and frustrated with my life and prospects for the future. Why? I had no idea. I was very close to burn out, and struggling with both food and media addictions (thai food and Candy Crush, anyone?).
It was then that I took the leap and quit my well paid job at Nokia in Berlin. I sold my belongings and joined my boyfriend (now husband) for over a year on his 12-metre yacht. Together we sailed from St Martin in the Caribbean to Columbia, and then on to Panama, the Galapagos islands, the Marquesas in the Pacific, and finally to Tahiti.
The lessons I learnt during those years 'off the grid' have to do with perspective, ownership, creativity, soul, and the importance of creating your own meaning in life. It was during that time that I came face-to-face with my own deep depression, and started learning the art and skill of presence and letting go of the past.
My time in New Zealand after that trip were probably the most difficult and dark years of my life, however. I spent a year gaining my professional certification as a coach, but was still struggling to find my place – something deep and entrenched within me was holding me back from finding joy in everyday life, and it was frustrating the hell out of me!
I took another leap during this time, however, and signed up for a series of Break Through to Your Great Story courses with Leza Danly and Jeanine Mancusi. And what I learnt during my time with them in California cracked open the boundaries of what was possible in my life. What I learnt from these two master coaches has been absolutely transformative in my own life, and fundamentally changed my approach to coaching. It brought a level of emotional wisdom into my practice, and helped me step away from the limits of your traditional 'set-and-reach-goals' style of life coaching (which often works for a while and but fails to result in true transformation over time). I learnt what it means to truly nourish my inner world, and live with integrity and joy.
Today, I live in the Auckland city centre with my husband and young son. I spend part of my week working in the IT industry and part of my week as a coach – which for me is the perfect balance between personal fulfilment (coaching) and professional achievement (engaging with digital technologies & organisational change).
I’ve learnt to let go of all the inner ‘crap’ that was holding me back for so many years, and I’m incredibly passionate about teaching others the simple tools and techniques necessary to create transformation in their lives as well.
I became a life coach is because I believe that everyone needs and deserves a masterful guide along the path to fulfilment and transformation.
The good news: It doesn't have to be hard. In fact, it's my job as your coach to help you discover your own unique path of ease. All you need to succeed is a willingness to make a new commitment to yourself, and the courage to get in touch (even if part of you feels unsure).
So ... if my story and message speak to you, then do get in touch. Let this be the first small step towards your empowered self that opens up a lifetime of possibilities!
With love, passion, and commitment,
- Elizabeth Busch