I'm Amanda Edwards, (reformed) lawyer, qualified holistic life coach and founder of Spirit Seeker Coaching.
I know, I know - what is a holistic life coach really? Life coaching is a relatively new profession that is broad, fast growing and as diverse as the people who practice it.
My coaching methodology, program structure, creativity, knowledge, strong intuition and life experiences all contribute to the type of life coach that I am, and in turn influence the services I offer.
Because of this, the best way to explain my coaching style, philosophy and approach is by giving you a snapshot of who I am.
I spent my whole life being a 'high achiever'. I decided at a very young age I wanted to be a lawyer, and did everything in my power to make that dream a reality.
And I made it. I was a lawyer, living in Sydney, about to get married, living the life I had carefully constructed for myself....I was supposed to be happy, I was supposed to be living my dream.
Except I wasn't.
A few years in, after a few too many 80 hour weeks and late nights spent in suits eating Chinese takeaway in the office, I had a massive burn out and it all fell apart.
“When we numb the darkness, we numb the light” - Brene Brown
The journey from that point, to this one -- as a holistic life coach, was challenging, heart breaking and ultimately the best gift I ever could have asked for. And yet, this is not the whole story….
During my transitions from child, to student, to lawyer, to wife, to professional, to parent, to life coach - I have worked through many challenges, overcome enormous blocks and grown exponentially.
I know what it's like to feel crippling anxiety, deep exhaustion and to be so overwhelmed that I have not been able to take a step forward. I understand the immense courage required to leave a career that is stable, socially acceptable and safe - to follow my heart and dive into the unknown.
I've experienced the challenges of parenthood. I have felt the toll of burnout and the ongoing struggle to overcome feelings of low self-worth. I know what it takes to drag yourself out of disempowerment, face yourself and your past and learn to live in your truth. I know what it is like to live for a dream that wasn’t meant for me!
Why a life coach?
Through my life experiences, I have learned the truth of who I really am - powerful, conscious, intuitive, compassionate, loving, creative and light filled.
I am truly aware that life is created by us, for our own benefit. As we learn, grow and integrate - the next set of challenges are called forth and we have the choice to rise to the occasion and embrace ourselves in a more holistic way.
We are innately powerful and have the opportunity to create the life we really want - right now. It doesn't matter what has come before, who we have been or what we have experienced in our past.
Choosing to become a life coach has helped me to fulfill my innate calling. My work allows me to coach people to embrace their whole, true selves and live with courage, self-kindness and authenticity. I see myself as an honest, non-judgemental mirror for the clients I work with, helping them to realise their stuck points, uncover their potential and move forward with practical steps and positive intentions.
As well as a professional business owner - I’m a mother to an active and curious toddler, and I adore catching up with friends over a chai tea, practicing yoga, hiking, travelling to places near and far, taking my dog (Bear) for long walks, listening to podcasts, learning, going out dancing and reading a good book, preferably under a tree, in the sunshine.