Mentoring, pt. 1!

A couple weeks ago I met with my new friend and business coach Camille Osborn to chat about what’s next for Looks Like Wandering and how to move forward with it. I needed to more clearly define my audience, she said, and what I bring into their lives. We took notes and made lists as we talked, and only as I was pouring over those notes days later did I finally start to connect the pieces: I can help women learn to thrive even when life doesn’t look like they thought it would.

Even though my life doesn’t look like I thought it would, it is still so dang good. I don’t have a husband, but I have the dearest, most loyal friends and family. I don’t have children, but I have a handful of “nephews and nieces” who I adore. I don’t hear footsteps running in and out of my house all day, but I’ve brought life into my home regardless. And in between all of those big things, there were seasons of depression, anxiety, betrayal trauma recovery, confusing spiritual impressions, unknowns, and more that sent me to my knees. There are some things we can’t control, but there are so many more things that we have direct influence over in our day-to-day lives.

As part of this shift for Looks Like Wandering, I’m going to push pause indefinitely on the podcast. I’m also taking down some of the free downloads that I had created, and will instead share those, as applicable, with the people I meet with and mentor one-on-one. There are still a few t-shirts left, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to restock those again or not. Those are back on sale until they sell out.

I’m planning for LLW to shift to mentoring / coaching / supporting women through unexpected trials. I’m still working out the details, but in the meantime, I’d love to start meeting with women to chat about what they’re going through right now, and exploring options and tools to help them move forward. I’ll be offering free 30-min sessions for the next couple weeks to just try this out. Please send me a message and we’ll put something on the calendar.

As Camille was so kindly encouraging me in this pursuit, I mentioned my hesitation–am I really qualified to help women through their toughest moments? And she reminded me that yes, I totally am. Because I have been there. Because I already show up for my friends every day as they go through this own trials.

And, icing on the cake, I do have some qualifications that actually support the work I do:

I have a BS in Family Studies and have continued my study of healthy relationships (with self and others) as a regular contributor on healthyhumansproject.com.

I am a certified yoga instructor with experience working with women specifically in that capacity. I also have a bit of experience with chakra therapy, if you ever wanted to explore that!

I have personally worked through betrayal trauma recovery and attended a support group for family/spouses of addicts for several months. If you are experiencing betrayal trauma, girl, I’ve been there. And you’re going to figure out how to move forward, however that looks. I’ll support you in any way.

I also have experience as a caseworker for the State of Utah, and have also earned a certificate in Substance Use Disorder Counseling. I’ve been beside people in some of their lowest moments, and have also seen their resilience and strength. Whatever you’re going through, you can get out of it.

If you want to work with me, send me a message on Instagram @lookslikewandering and we’ll set something up! Can’t wait to get to know you better!