This month, I am celebrating a very important birthday: it has been 2 years that Wren Coaching & Wellbeing is in business, supporting families, young children, teenagers, individuals and organisations who need help with relationships, change, adversity and mental health.
At the heart of coaching is the practice of reflection, pausing, assessing and moving forward. So, in line with this practice, I would love to share some reflections from my first 2 years in business.
It has been tough, it has been fun, it has been fulfilling!
It has been tough and taken an enormous amount of energy to move forward; to talk to people about my services and how coaching can help. It has also taken a great deal of self-belief not to give up, perhaps when the clients haven't arrived as expected or when I had to work on breaking down barriers around mental ill health.
It has been fun, especially when working with my younger audience - working with 5 and 6 years old and teaching them about mindfulness and how to love ourselves. Being greeted with excitement by them and seeing their learning about how to be kind with themselves has filled me with joy and many moments of humour.
It has been fulfilling, and this is the prevalent feeling about year 2 of Wren Coaching & Wellbeing. I have connected with people in so many ways; clients, networking peers, family and friends who have all supported my progress and cheered me on. My 7- and 10-year-olds continue to be proud and excited whenever I talk about my business, and they always have beautiful words of encouragement for me - that alone is such a fulfilling feeling.
I have also grown so much, including becoming an Enterprise Advisor for Marsden Heights in Nelson, Lancashire, and qualifying as a mental health first aider, courtesy of the amazing charity organisation P.A.C. and Mental Health England.
My biggest takeaway from this second year in business is the fact that we need to clearly define and measure what success means to us in order to keep up motivation, momentum and self-belief. Success for me is to enjoy living in the moment and being present for myself and my family. Success is helping people in their lives, knowing that I made a difference by helping them on their journey.
How do I measure success? Well, as long as for every year that Wren Coaching & Wellbeing grows, I help one more person to live a more fulfilled life, then I can say that I am successful.
And now for the thank yous:
A big thank you to the networking groups that I regularly attend: Unique Ladies Ribble Valley and Pendle Bang, where the feeling of connection and support has been amazing. I am so grateful for everything that they have done for me, helping me grow as a business owner and as a person.
Another huge thank you is to the parents of my young clients, who have trusted me in working with their children and have allowed me in their family dynamics to restore some calm and promote positive relationships between themselves and within themselves.
A massive thank you has to go to my Mindful Mondays group, which will have run for 2 years this October. Mindful Mondays started as a pilot group with friends, and it has now become one of the pillars of my business. I couldn't do it without you all.
And last but not least, to my family and friends who continue to listen and support when my energy is low and when self-doubt tries to sneak in - thank you for being there. And to you, lovely readers, for taking the time to read this blog - thank you so much for sharing this moment with me.
So here is to many years to come, to continue helping families, individuals and organisations with change, adversity and the prevention of mental health.
If you would like to discover more about my services, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.