Being a coach for teenage girls and young women is my life-calling. While it sometimes means walking my clients through difficult times, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am especially touched when I receive heartfelt letters from the girls I’ve worked with, like the three below.
Disclosure: even though I have full permission from my clients to publish these letters on my blog, as a coach, I protect my clients’ confidentiality. Therefore, I will not disclose their full names or details of their personal cases.
A letter from Madison
I don’t know if you remember me but I’m Madison D. I saw you for about a year. I’ve been meaning to send you a text, but I got a new number and lost all my contacts. I wanted to reach out and tell you I still use every practice you gave me and still think about all the things we talked about, especially regarding image and anxiety.
“For just a little update, I now live in Utah and start classes at Southern Utah University in less than two weeks. I got almost a full-ride scholarship and am majoring in political science! It was really tough for me to move away from home but every time I feel anxious or uncertain, I think about the Gremlin practice you taught me, and the breathing exercises.
“Last month, I went to Washington D.C. for a political networking event and I was able to see the President for about two hours! I also landed an internship with a man running for congress in Virginia.
“I tend to think about who I was when I first saw you and I know that I’ve grown so much since then. I wouldn’t be able to network, gain these opportunities, or even move away from home without everything you taught me.
I really hope all is well with you! I hope the book you were writing is going along smoothly and you’ve been able to help more girls like myself.
A letter from Jessa
It has been a while since we have communicated, but I wanted to reach out with a letter of gratitude. I have never been in a higher state of consciousness. I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been and would like to give credit to you for helping me along that journey. Whether it was more serious stuff or my silly boy talk, you had a huge impact on my life and helped me get to where I am today.
“I finished my schooling and own my business as a certified healer providing all sorts of holistic alternative healing and sports medicine for horses. I have adopted many things into my lifestyle such as yoga and meditation, crystal healing, sound therapy, plant medicine, daily journaling/affirmations and I like to incorporate those into my work with the horses along with my main services.
“Again, I just want to thank you for being my coach and all your help, because without you, I don’t know if I would be here today…
A letter from X
“…My experience in coaching can be best described by the following three words: enlightening, uplifting, and empowering.
“For the majority of my life, I have always been preoccupied with the way my past and the future decisions affect the person that I am. This constant preoccupation brought about a lot of anxiety and self-criticism. I always felt uncertain about my decisions and worried that it was negatively affecting my personal relationships. Coaching helped me learn how to shift my focus and attention on what is important in life: being present. I confidently feel as though I am able to set aside my personal worries and fears and be with my present self. I also no longer get disappointed with myself when a certain aspect of life doesn’t go exactly as planned. With this, I feel as though not only have my relationships with other people improved, but also my relationship with myself.
“Working with a coach via FaceTime is a unique way to improve yourself through coaching in the comfort of your own familiar environment. FaceTime has been particularly helpful because I never have the stress of having to be somewhere at a particular time, but I still can focus on figuring out new solutions and approaches to any challenges I may be facing at the time.
“College is one of the most transitional times in a young adult’s life. The rapid and massive amount of change can bring about a lot of new stressors and emotions that may have never been experienced before. Erica is a supportive outlet who teaches new practices to sort through those many emotions and learn how to cope with any new challenges. Confiding in someone who has experience with teaching useful life skills has made my college experience more enjoyable, positive, and impactful to my personal growth.”
Being a coach is extremely rewarding, and these little proofs of how my work has touched someone else’s life make my day!