I have always had a passion for helping people live a complete and fulfilled life. In high school I worked with my peers to help them make conscious choices about their future and personal relationships. This continued through college and even graduate school.
In 2001 I received my BA in Psychology from Austin College and went on to earn a master's in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. After graduating I worked for several non-profits before moving into corporate HR. In these roles I used my skills to understand other's needs and moving them towards their personal and professional goals.
When my second child was born, I made the choice to be home with my children. While caring for my family I found many other ways to stay engaged in the world around me. I volunteer with a number of organizations, including serving as a board member for several agencies. My goal has always been to meet people where they are and help them grow into the person they were created to be.
December 21, 2019 my whole world felt like it imploded on me. My marriage had officially ended. I hadn’t worked a “real” job in more than a decade and I was unsure what my future would look like. I was terrified, I don’t mean a little nervous, I mean frozen with fear. I had to find a way to make money while also honoring what I value most. I began looking for work and then the world shut down and no one was hiring. I was panicking and completely unsure of my future.
One Wednesday in October I was sitting across from my therapist trying to find my new path in life. And then….my therapist looked at me and out of nowhere said “I know what you should do”. I could not wait to hear what this man who had been with me during this crazy ride of self discovery would say. “You should be a coach!” In that moment my whole world changed. For the first time I was excited about what I could offer the world. That Friday I spent over an hour with my dear friend and coach exploring what coaching is and if it was the right career for me; not job but career. After that call I knew it was what I was being called to do. Within a week I was enrolled in a training program and less than a month later I was sitting in my closet ready to start an incredible new adventure.
Yes, you read that right, I was in my closet for this first week of training over Zoom. My kids were still learning at home, my ex was living and working out of our office at home and the closet was the only place I there was quiet. My closet was a safe space and I could learn and grow in peace.
I wish I could describe the feeling I had in that first week of training. I saw a whole new world of possibilities; not just a new career. I learned that how I respond to situations is up to me. I learned that the energy I put out into the world was the energy I was met with.
After that week of training, I approached everything differently, feeling in charge of my life instead of a victim of circumstances.
Going through a divorce is hard. Period. I felt completely lost, confused and betrayed when my ex said “I’m done.” We had spent months in therapy, I had worked hard to save my marriage that was broken and I thought we were beginning to grow together instead of apart like we had been. I was angry and didn’t understand how he could walk away from 20 years together so easily. After all of this coach training through iPEC my entire life changed and the growth I experienced was truly immeasurable. I changed how I approached every situation and relationship in my life. I was feeling JOY for the first time in my life. Now I want to help other women find that joy after divorce and show them how to take charge of their lives.
Schedule a complementary session with me to see how you can grow your light and use that new found glow to reach your goals and live the life you have always dreamed.
I look forward to working with you!
Amanda Dolin, MA CPC ELI-MP