Spotlight Series: Meet Personal Development & Life Coach Marissa Chastain

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Northern Colorado and find the most joy and peace when I’m outside in the mountains. I grew up in Colorado and knew I would always end up back here. You can usually find me reading on the deck, doing yoga in my office between coaching sessions, or cooking at home with my husband while our Beagador pup hopes that we drop something tasty for him.

My work as a Personal Development and Life Coach is my soul work. On my first day of coach training in 2017 with the Co-Active Training Institute felt like I had landed where I was meant to be.

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

My first post-grad job was at Tory Burch when I was living in New York City. My dream at that time was to work in fashion design so after I graduated college I moved to New York City and started taking courses at Parsons School for Design. I went to an internship fair that had all of the big fashion brands which was a huge opportunity. I interviewed at a couple of brands and ended up accepting a fabric design internship at Tory Burch. My internship turned into a temporary position, and my temporary position turned into a full-time offer. I proved myself and was able to work my way up. I stayed there for about three years until I knew that wasn’t the path for me.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

I think you have to try some things that are wrong so you know what it feels like when something is right. I worked in fashion, event planning, and professional organizing before I answered the call to be a coach. I kept noticing that I always loved encouraging people, building relationships with people, and working on developing myself, which really applies well to coaching work. Once I decided that was what I wanted to do I signed up for some training and now have two certifications so that I can offer this work with professional skills and expertise. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Co-Active Training Institute, and an Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. I knew I was on the right track because of the way I felt about this work, but I also loved that when I started to tell people that I was stepping into coaching everyone said they thought that was such a natural role for me. 

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

Nothing is really a mistake. We learn from everything we do, so don’t be too hard on yourself along the way. If you take a job and you end up not liking it, get everything out if it that you can, but then have the courage to move on. Keep seeking. Especially when you’re young.

Invest in yourself. Take that training course, get that degree, give yourself the permission to invest in the biggest asset you have -- yourself. 

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

In 5 years I hope to be coaching! I want to continue to add to my offerings, including hosting my first in-person retreat next year. I also want to write a personal development book to reach more people with the work that I’m passionate about.

In my personal life, I hope to be a mom in 5 years. That’s a chapter I’m really looking forward to. And I hope for the next 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, I am always learning, growing, and making time for the things that are most important to me, and helping others do the same.

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