Spotlight Series: Meet Life Coach Rachel Coll

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a life coach for professional women struggling with anxiety in their romantic relationships.  Before becoming a coach, I practiced law as an attorney for 12 years, working as a criminal prosecutor, and in personal injury and employment law.  Despite being deeply satisfied in my career, I always felt like my love life was a mess.  I sought to coach on my own romantic relationship challenges and found the process so transformative and inspiring, that I pursued my own coaching certification in 2019 and launched my full-time coaching practice that same year.   

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

I've always valued constructive criticism, and felt like compliments (at work) weren't all that useful.  While I was in law school, a judge guest teaching my trial practice class told me that I had a habit of saying "okay" after each question the witness answered.  He said "a jury could find that annoying"... and I was hooked.  I knew the advice was solid and that there was more where that came from.  I decided then and there that I was going to clerk for this judge during my first year out of school.  I submitted my application, he hired me, and he spent a year giving me priceless feedback that has served me every day since.

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

I consistently viewed my career as my strong suit and romantic relationships as my Achilles heel.  Through working with my relationship coach, I began to see that everything going on in my mind could be shifted away from the negative stories that felt so true.  As I worked on my mindset around relationships, I realized that I want to serve clients in the same way and help other successful women figure out why their love lives aren't matching the successes they're experiencing at work.  I applied what I learned from my relationship coaching to my career, and decided I could create my dream career with my mind.  We spend most of our lives at work, and I can't think of a more important way to spend my days.  I want to help successful women find peace and satisfaction in their romantic relationships so that they feel well rounded in all areas of their lives.

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

I would tell myself it all happens exactly on time.  I think it's easy to second guess, wonder what could have been, and wish that you'd done things on a faster schedule once you get to where you've "always wanted to be."  There's no way to DO it other than the way you did it.  I'd remind myself that wishing things would have been different only takes you out of the moment you're in right now.  We all take the paths that we take in the exact way that we're supposed to, so I'd remind my younger self to enjoy every step on the way to getting there.  This is as true in romantic relationships as it is in our professional endeavours.  It all happens exactly when it's right for us.

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

In 5 years I'd like to still be coaching full time, serving clients in high numbers, surrounded by love, close friends, and family.  I hope to keep growing with the tools that I have and to keep up-leveling my business so that people feel better in their whole lives because of how they show up in love, at work, and everywhere else.  

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