I used to ponder the question, “Why do people blog?” What’s in it for them? There’s no money in it, I thought. Even those who represent a company, what do they get besides a handful of referrals, right? So, why do they do it?
I started on some new ventures in my life at the age of 56, after being laid off from a corporate position. I jumped on the job search wagon, immediately. Surely, this is no big deal. I’ve been here before. Nothing turned up after 9 months.
In my state of haste, I expanded on a dream, invested some savings, and started an aromatherapy business. I went back to school, found myself…you know the drill. This was the time to discover!
What I discovered was that I had an inner wisdom that I was listening to for a long time. Yep, I became a “zen” student in the school of life. Okay, so I didn’t become a monk or Zen master, but I did learn that my inner wisdom was talking to me and, somewhere during that year, I stopped listening. What was I thinking?!
I reached out to some friends during the course of my exploration (I needed a job!) and felt a real need to listen, not to my own wisdom, but to others. This is where I learned about me, even more. Some of the education was not so well received, but I listened, as these qualities are what people saw in me and I trusted their perspective. Why didn’t I see these things? I thought.
What I heard from my brave acquaintances and close friends was that I needed to do what I know and what “speaks” to me. No one told me the actual words, but the message rang clearer and clearer the more I reached out. These conversations over the course of 6 months taught me that when I talked with others, I learned more about myself, even if people were not telling me anything.
My friends answered my questions and I was grateful. I reached out to several coach friends, as well. I still didn’t hear the words I needed to hear. The thing that I longed for, the thing that I am supposed to do for the rest of my life. It was frustrating for me.
I went back to school to become a better writer (still working it), as it was a lifelong passion. After I completed my courses, there was one more thing to do. Become the person I always wanted to be. I wanted to help people. From the time I was seven years old, I knew this, but never knew what it really looked like, until the day I spoke with my friend, Jennifer.
As I spoke about my experience, Jennifer said, “Back up for a minute. Say what you just said about coaching people at work to take your job. Tell me more about that.” My story was illuminated with words like: sharing, empowering, teaching, forward thinking, development, and progression.
Jennifer said, “Kat, I see this glow about you when you talk about how you helped people get promoted while under your direction. That is where I see your passion.” I stopped talking, sat there for a minute and said nothing (which is rare for me.) The ringing in my ears was glaring and eye-popping. “There it is,” I said to myself. Everyone was trying to tell me, but I didn’t hear it. I should be coaching people, sharing my experiences, HELPING them succeed, just as I had done for the last 35 years as a manager. Okay, I thought, I’ve got some serious work to do!
I know, I know, I can hear you now: “Get to the point, Kat! Why do you Blog????” I’m smiling, because you have now experienced why I blog and “tasted” just a bit of my coaching technique.
Since my journey to deeper discover (and I recommend it for everyone), I have become a coach in Neuro Linquistic Programming and Emotional Wisdom Training. Living out my dream to help people, I also learn by other people- especially when I blog.
I have also become a writer (working on several books). When I blog, I tell you about my experiences where I have learned or had aha! moments, and share them with you.
I am humbled to hear that you are reading my blog. It is my vision and mission to help just one person with my blogs, in hopes that they will pass on the message.
I wish to inspire to be inspired by you, taking the ripple effect out into the world, as we are all connected souls. Thank you for reading, as I learn by each person who reads, comments, and shares their own story.
So, I stand in my humbleness and say, “This is why I blog.”
Kathleen “Kat” Kohler Schwartz is a successful Holistic Mentor in St. Louis, MO.
Kat practices Neuro Linguistic Programming, Emotional Wisdom Training and Aromatherapy in her unique technique to help people overcome old patterns of thinking toward a stress-free life of living their dreams. She offers person-to-person and phone sessions.
Contact Kat for Mentoring: firstname.lastname@example.org