My passion for living with aliveness and connection to all living beings through a plant-based, cruelty-free, outdoor-active lifestyle guides everything I do.
What I Bring to a Coaching Relationship
What is Coaching?
I follow the ICF code of ethics.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential [...] and to improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills."
What is Co-Active Coaching?
Each engagement is unique. “Being together…in action.”
Co-Active Coaching helps clients to get out of their comfort zones and grow along the way. It’s a way to understand one's own journey, help design one's life based on one's true inner purpose and self, and be who you want to be.
How common is Co-Active?
The Co-Active Professional Coach Training is widely recognized as the most rigorous professional coach training and certification program in the industry. The Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) is the largest and most established professional coach training organization in the world.
My Own Coaching Journey
PART I: Being Coached.
In the first half of the year, I had the opportunity to work with an inspiring Co-Active Coach. While it initially felt like I had to 'get fixed', it eventually triggered an overdue shift from an "outside-in" way of living to an inward-oriented exploration. This helped me to clarify what matters most to me, to articulate what I truly want even though it seemed impossible to achieve, to identify my personal life transformation plan, and to have the discipline, courage and drive to pursue specific small and big actions to get there.
PART II: Becoming a Certified Coach.
Realizing that anything is possible when you have a champion by your side who sees strengths and potential more than failures and weaknesses, I decided that I want to be that champion for others. I completed the CTI Co-Active Coaching and Positive Psychology curricula to further learn about my Self and to acquire techniques to help others experience the same.
I have come to appreciate coaching as an invaluable skill for every leader who truly puts their people, human connection and (mental) health first. Applying coaching practices is tremendously empowering, energizing and possibly healing. While being busy transforming my own life I thus continued my coaching education.
I focused on how our upbringing and life experiences may impact our ability to live free from fears and limiting beliefs, which prevents us from feeling joy, being playful and consistently kind and considerate of ALL stakeholders. It also holds us back from pursuing our life-affirming dreams and wishes for ourselves, our loved ones, or the world as a whole. I started engaging in trauma-informed leadership practices, firmly believing in the benefits that individual trauma awareness can bring to the corporate world. I also explored body work (chiropractic, shiatsu, ayurveda) as a way to maintain holistic balance and wellbeing.
2022 was an important year for me. An unexpected curveball gave me the opportunity to learn to engage with my feelings at a deeper level and to truly "grow through what we go through", and also heal past wounds. My default coping mechanisms used to be fight or flight responses, which were useful in the moment but did not help me build capacity for more resilience, growth, and self-agency. These responses also left me feeling lonely and alienated from one of the things I care about the most: deep connection to others.
Throughout the year, my mind learned to be more self-compassionate, my heart communicated its feelings more clearly, my body understood that being with difficult emotions can be safe and result in more aliveness, and my spirit began to appreciate the space it was finally given in my life.
I understood that being all of me authentically, coureagously, gracefully in this world starts with being connected to and loving my Self but also includes engaging with others and allowing them to see me holistically. This meant I had to make all of me visible and vulnerable. Choosing attend-and-befriend over fight, flight or freeze opened up the possibility for disrupting old patterns and replacing them with ones that serve me today and for the future.
In 2022 I decided, after almost 20 vegetarian years, to become fully vegan, and to further move toward, and actively promote, a plant-based, cruelty-free, wildlife-friendly lifestyle. I also decided to take a bit of a break to enable a healthy transition to what's next - personally and professionally. To make time to process past, stuck emotions and to make room for energy that feeds the courage to be and do what serves me. To declutter my life, mind and soul and create space for something different - a lighter, peaceful, more purposeful, joyful presence every day.
The ability to enjoy the Now and to experience aliveness requires living a life in accordance with ones values and full acceptance of all we are - every day, all day. Authenticity means not only knowing and being true to yourself but also being genuine, real and visible to the outside world with consistency, vulnerability and integrity. In that state, mindful, attuned living through healthy, balanced daily choices regarding for instance one's diet, activities or connection with nature and people becomes a natural source of energy and grounding rather than something that needs to be managed or handled.
Living with less, sharing with people and animals in need, doing work that plays to one's uniqueness, feeding one's body, mind and soul with food that is nurturing, and living in a place that gives you the space to be.
We landed in Berlin, in one of the centers of plant-based outdoor adventure living. And a place full of contrasts, polarizations and triggers. A place to be and grow.
Transformational leaders who want to increase their impact through enhanced courage and vulnerability.
Internal Coaching to accelerate career growth and foster engagement.
Career coaching for the next generation with focus on the new zeitgeist.
Pro-Bono Coaching for female athletes who aspire to be future leaders.
"Sarah is approachable, empathetic, and an excellent coach. She is an attentive listener who you can easily open up to due to her kindness and understanding nature, and she has a way of taking what you share and helping you see other aspects of yourself and what you need. Sarah was critical in helping me get realigned in what I want to pursue with my life and my career, and I feel like I know myself better after working with her and have put major life changes in place that she helped me to realize that I needed."
Program Manager - Medtronic
Unlocked - For years, I was looking for something, unsure what it was. With help from Sarah I found the mystery key. By asking the right questions, she was able to slow me down, get me out of my head and to unlock underlying emotions which I was not aware of. Sarah guided me to where I am now, enlightened, awakened, transformed. She unleashed the power inside of me to find my true self again. Sarah is truly present during the sessions, shares useful exercises and focuses on what matters. Grateful for her coaching expertise and the impact it had and still has on my life.
Business Process Improvement Analyst - Medtronic
"Sarah's support truly helped me with my job transition. Sarah always has great questions and has helped me to take a step back and look at every difficult situation with a different perspective based on where and who I am, what options I have, but also what I need and what I can do to get what I need."
Strategic Clinical Account Manager - Medtronic
" I have enjoyed and valued every step of the process. [...] I have always looked forward to the sessions as they are challenging in the most positive way. They helped to discover and apply my true best self, to find out who I am and what I want from my career - and to have the courage to act upon it with confidence and take the next promotional step in my career. "
Distinguished Engineer - Medtronic
" Sarah provided an experience that required me to be introspective [...] and taught me techniques to help myself. [..] I connected most with visualization. One where I particularly gained insight was how I deal with stress and we visualized a fire alarm, first an annoying light and then a very noisy alert. Completing this visualization has helped me understand the difference and ensure stress never gets to be a noisy alert."
Sr. Clinical Operations Manager - Medtronic
"Working with Sarah helped me bring into focus my passions and interests without caving into the anxiousness and impatience that comes with job searching during the pandemic. Sarah knows just the right questions to ask to help you solidify what might otherwise be unclear dreams, anxious rambling and aspirations into achievable, measurable goals!"
Sales Associate - Dallas Mavericks
"Sarah is professional yet personable, which made it easy to let my guard down and have open, honest conversations. [...] I am truly thankful for having had the opportunity to work with Sarah. She helped me in more ways than I could've imagined when it came to not only my career path but with life challenges. Her caring nature, paired with her ability to listen and guide helped me overcome some massive hurdles and be genuinely excited for what the future holds for me and my career."
Business Development Manager - Heroic Productions
"Prior to my coaching sessions, it was incredibly frustrating to navigate my workday without a ‘beacon'. Clarifying what I value in my career, identifying the gaps between my current and ideal state, and formulating a plan to address those gaps was very empowering.[...] One thing that was very unique was Sarah's emphasis on recognizing when my self-limiting thoughts are in the driver's seat."
Engineer - Medtronic
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