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LIFE COACHING

What brought me to be in service as a coach.

Have you ever felt like there was more to life, but you just couldn’t put your finger on what was missing?  Your life is pretty good, you have no reason to be unhappy really - and yet, something isn’t quite right.  Maybe you're a parent burning the candle at both ends and don't see a way to make a change, or perhaps you'd like to do more with your career and need some guidance to help you get there? You've lost your way a little, or a lot? I have been there! Through the power of coaching, I have found a way to create the rich and fulfilling life that I so deeply desire and want to help you too.

Macie Yates
Certified Professional Integrative Coach
BA Psychology

MY  Journey

What brought me to be in service as a coach is a journey – of going through life’s challenges, opening doorways, crossing thresholds into something new, saying YES even if when I didn’t don’t know what was on the other side or where I was going.  It’s a story leading to self-discovery, transformation, being open to possibilities, having vision, being in service, and having amazing support from teachers and coaches along the way.  This is what I vow to bring to you as your coach.

As a young college student pursuing my B.A. in Psychology, I was passionate about learning human behavior and already had a calling to help others in a meaningful way.  Along with my college education, a large part of my early learning came from my aunt and uncle who are psychotherapists.  I participated in many of their workshops where I had my first experience in working on myself, while also holding a compassionate space for the vulnerability of others. It was at this time that I became alive in the knowing of my love and desire to continue my own personal work as well as helping others.   

After graduating college, I choose to go to work in the corporate world and it wasn’t too long after that I got married and became a mother, and ultimately choose a career that worked best for my family and me. When my children were young, my husband and I both experienced job losses leading to major financial difficulties. Many of my worst fears were unfolding in my life.  I felt lost, uncertain, ashamed, and afraid.  In my search to find some way to soothe myself, I remember a book my mother had given me, called Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard.  It’s an allegorical story of a young woman named Much Afraid and her journey away from her Fearing family and village, accompanied by her two companions named Sorrow and Suffering, into the High Places for her salvation.  It helped me find faith and a way to center myself in what had become a scary and chaotic life.

 

My husband was able to work in Las Vegas in a temporary role, so he went while I stayed at our home in the Midwest with the kids.  Eventually, the temporary work became something more permanent and we discussed moving to Las Vegas. Other than an income, I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to move halfway across the country nor leave my family and my support.  There was one specific evening, after I had put the kids to bed, I went outside, looked up and asked “What do I do?”  At that moment, a star shot across the sky (in the direction of Las Vegas), and I heard a message…“If you only knew what was waiting for you, you would go running with open arms”.  Through tremendous loss, when I had nothing but my faith, when I had completely surrendered…that was when I heard my inner wisdom speak to me.  I opened the doorway of faith…and we move to Las Vegas.

It was not easy, it was not great, and it was very hard for a long time. For a long time I had wondered, what had we just done?  And somewhere inside of me, despite evidence to the contrary, I had a knowing that I was on the right path. I sought out a place for hope and found a church that offered weekly positive messages. I began to take some of the classes they offered. I found a spiritual landing place of solace and community. I began to have hope again. I opened the doorway to further learning and growth. I learned about the Enneagram, a system of personality types and a tool of healing. I met new people, I attended a personal mastery workshop where I started to feel real confidence in myself again.  After dealing with the pain and shame of what had happened in my life, something shifted. People even saw it in me - I would hear, “What is different about you? Did you change your hair?” No... I changed my spirit! I opened the doorway and stepped into a higher part of myself.  I continue my path of learning, of doing my own work of being in service to others in continued workshops, and coaching others. I have learned what it takes to be in service to another’s transformation. I have held people accountable to get what they said they wanted. I learned how to hold a VISION FOR OTHERS. 

 

Along the way, I discovered that witnessing people transform is incredibly beautiful. Receiving their gratitude for holding them while they create real change and experience their higher self…I hardly have words. It is where I found my salvation.

I’ve come to realize that things like confidence, self-love, a place of experiencing life through your higher self is much like holding a handful of sand. It takes effort, focus, and dedication. Otherwise it can slip right through your fingers. It requires doing the work, opening doorways, saying YES even when you don’t know what is on the other side, and continuing the journey. As your coach, I am dedicated to your transformation and healing. I listen deeply and hold a safe space for you to express your story, to help you get what you really want, to experience and trust your inner guidance. I will help you open the doorway to wholeness.

It’s the story of my life.