What Will You Do With Chapter Two?
Midlife and beyond often trigger in us questions regarding our purpose in life. We see new lines popping up overnight on our faces, and we sometimes ask, “What now?” when we think about the second half of life.
I’m a mother, a grandmother, a certified life coach, and a fitness buff.
And I am a wonderfully made creation of God to Whom I give thanks everyday.
I’ve also made it to the other side of menopause, quite smoothly, and am loving this second half of my life, which I hope goes on for many purpose-filled years!
I won’t lie to you, though: I’ve struggled with the empty nest, sometimes second guessed myself about leaving a great job to start my business, and would love to eliminate that little neck thing that happens as we age (sigh). I still deal with some residual grief over losses I didn’t deal with years ago.
But ladies! The second half of life can be our best! Life is a gift from God, and I am a believer that we owe it to Him and our fine selves to create health, find new purpose, and live each day savoring the joys that are all around us.
This is me:
I was raised in a North Carolina mill town by a former prisoner of war and his loving wife (my mama and daddy!). I was the college student who earned high honors but plunged into an eating disorder that was a major life interruption. I weighed 83 lbs. whenI graduated from college. I married one of my college sweethearts (one!) and gave birth to my first son nine months and seventeen days after I said, “I do!”
Four years later, my semipro athlete husband was hit by a loaded dump truck and lost his right leg. We lost nearly everything we had, so we regrouped and relocated from South Carolina to Virginia to start anew. It was a great leap of faith, as we knew no one in our new city. And we had another son two months after moving! Three years after he was born, my husband and his father were killed at sea, and my husband’s body was never found. I raised my boys alone for over 15 years. I was kind of out in La La Land for a short while and made a bit of a mess of my life. Thank goodness I healed. Yes, there is hope even in our messes!
Now, what you are reading could be more professionally written, just listing my career highlights. But I want you to connect with me, to know a little about the woman and not the professional coach and speaker. I’ve lived a life, and I savor it daily, even in challenging times; and I am all about joy and purpose with a whole lot of hope.
It’s MY hope that in working with you, I can empower you to stop midlife vegetation and fretting and discover and re-discover your amazing talents (Yes, you have them!). In fact, I’m still easing out of “stuck” in a few areas of my own life. I don’t profess to be perfect, but I do alot right!
With me as your coach, you will have a multi-certified and encouraging partner on your journey. Together, with you as the leader (Yes, coaching is client driven, but I provide the tools and resources!), we can create a plan for you to thrive holistically, addressing all parts of your life and focusing on those areas where you really need some refining.
You can view my current coaching packages here. I do offer a FREE 30-minute “Let’s Get to Know Each Other” phone call to learn about you and your desires and for you to learn a little about me. Schedule your call on my coaching page.
Random facts about me which you may or may not want to know!
- My first job out of college was teaching second grade in a rural public school.
- I am a magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Go Spartans!).
- I co-hosted a local TV show for four years. The coolest thing I did? Interviewing artists at a major nationally ranked fine art show. The most embarrassing moment? Reporting on a rabid raccoon that was seen in my city. That little report required about 15 retakes because yours truly couldn’t get through it without laughing. (And rabid raccoons are nothing to laugh about!).
- I love worship, studying scripture, and sipping on a nice red wine. Crackling fires, rocking chairs, good books, nature, and long, vigorous walks nurture me, too.
- For my 40th birthday, clad in pearls and my Eddie Bauer blazer, I went to a tattoo joint and got inked. I usually forget I have that tiny rosebud on my right shoulder.
- My older son is an Army officer with a beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters… objective, aren’t I?
- My younger son is an Apple Genius and a musician/producer. He’s the best drummer around! My objectivity runs deep.
- My late husband continued to set athletic records after losing his leg– and even pushed himself in a wheelchair racer over 1300 miles up the East Coast.
- I met my fiancé Earl at our company’s cafeteria salad bar many years ago. He likes to say I was reaching for the beets but scooped up his heart instead. Actually, I don’t like beets.
- As a nonprofit professional, I raised a boatload of money, started funding initiatives, and even created a preschool program that still teaches little ones the importance and magic of art.
- I love God. I love my family. I would love to work with you!
© Amy Walton Coaching