Hello there! I am Lea.

I became a life coach because I believe that people truly can make their life what they want it to be…sometimes they just need a little help.

A friend once told me that she went to a coach to help her make some big life decisions. I was intrigued. I asked a few questions. I did a little research. And a little while later, I found myself sitting in my new life coach’s guest chair discussing what I really wanted to get out of life and how I would get there. That was a turning point for me. A catalyst to further my education so I could help people get more out of their lives and their careers. To help them get from where they are to where they want to be.

Prior to all of this, I worked as a wildlife biologist and project manager. Through my life experience and through the project work that I was doing, I was fascinated about:

  • Why some people seem so content and fulfilled and while others always seem so frantic? So busy? So stressed?
  • Why some people set goals and were able to achieve them while others didn’t and always seemed to have excuses about why they couldn’t?
  • Why some people could move through roadblocks easily while others had more trouble?
  • Why some people are incredibly efficient with their time while others are really great at procrastinating?
  • What people need to do their best work, and how that differs from person to person?

So when I found out that there was a career that could help people work through some of the obstacles they were facing, or some of the believe systems that they had, to truly live a life that they would love…I decided to go for it! What could be better than helping people get more satisfaction, joy and happiness out of their lives, their relationships and their careers? I feel like a truly won the career jackpot!

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION

  • Erickson International Art and Science of Coaching Program (in progress)
  • Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation (in progress)
  • Certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach, Simplicity Parenting
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • Registered Professional Biologist, College of Applied Biology of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Vancouver Island University

EXPERIENCE

  • Life Coach since 2018
  • Mother of three young children.
  • Owner and operator of a bed and breakfast.
  • Project manager, managing multidisciplinary teams of professionals with budgets of up to $2 million.
  • Biologist, experienced in conducting wildlife surveys for large mammals, species at risk and birds and preparing environmental assessments since 2000.
  • Board member for the Yukon Food for Learning Association since 2017.
  • School council member for an elementary school since 2018.

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME

When I had my first son, I found a fantastic blog all about simplicity and the benefits that simplicity could bring into your everyday life. The blog talked about decluttering, so I decluttered. I read more, I decluttered more. Through this process, what emerged was so much more than having a clean house with less stuff (which became so much more apparent when our second and then third child arrived).

What we found was:
  • Less time cleaning up, meant more time to get down on the floor to play with our children.
  • Less time spent trying to find things, meant less frustration. Everything has a place and we know where to find it. When the kids became a little older, they also know where that place was to find it and then put it back.
  • Toy clean up at the end of the day is quick…our “Pigage Cleanup Dance Party” takes less than ten minutes and is a whole lot of fun.
  • As we got rid of our stuff, we started realizing that quality over quantity was something that was important to us. So we started purchasing less but better.
  • As we got rid of our stuff, we were very selective about the things we would let back into our home. Which really saved us A LOT of money.
  • As we got rid of our stuff, we realized that experiences together, as a family, mattered more to us than buying the next best thing. And since then, we have been able to take our children on some really amazing trips (like to Maui, a road trip from Yukon to Yellowstone, and a month in Nova Scotia).

Outer order leads to inner calmGretchin Rubin

And through simplifying, I felt calmer, more often. I started living in a more peaceful state instead of running around and feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Prior to this, as a mom with three little kids with a full time job who was also running a small business, I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed far more often than I would have liked.

A few years later, I read Kim John Payne’s book “Simplicity Parenting”. He talks about the benefits that simplicity can have on a child’s well being, which of course is beneficial to the parents as well. We brought this into our life, I re-read the book and then enrolled in their “Simplicity Parenting Life Coach Training”.  Now I share that knowledge with others through my Simplicity Parenting Workshops.

For me, simplicity has given me the opportunity to connect to my values, to create everyday moments that really make me feel alive and to be present, in the here and now, so that I can enjoy them.