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“Tolerance for pain may be high but it is not without
limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize,
however dimly, that there MUST be a better way.”
~ A Course in Miracles
Kelsea is an NYU and an Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) trained Life Coach.
Her main teachings and inspirations come from A Course in Miracles & Marianne Williamson and relationship expert Dr. Pat Allen.
Here’s my story….
On paper my life has always looked great. I was a good student growing up, involved in extra circulars with a loving family. A “Jill of all trades” if you will, with great friends and a life anyone could enjoy. On paper I had so much to be thankful for.
Yet a palm reader hit it right on the nail when she told me a few years back “You have always been lucky, yet you have not seen yourself as lucky.”
These words stung… mostly because they were true.
Things were good, yet inside, literally for the majority of my life, I was dying. Anger, fear, sadness and drama ruled my life. Consumed by what other people thought of me I led a life of misery and addiction, from food to guys to liquor. Never truly feeling happy and never really knowing why, in June of 2008 things hit an all time low.
Yet still on paper my life looked “lucky.” A job at a great company, a nice boyfriend, living in New York City with lots of friends. Yet I was broken. Tears started and ended my day, and if I could get through work without misery then I was for sure breaking down every night to my friends or mom.
Convinced that I would lose a great guy if I continued down this path, I knew something had to change. I randomly began taking Buddhist meditation classes that would fill me with joy for the two hours they lasted. Yet shortly after, the wisdom taught became like a detached dream, totally forgotten.
I would go home, start a fight and take all my anger out on my boyfriend. Convinced if he just changed I would be happier. Determined that “once he …” or “when we had …” or “if he could only just …,” I would finally be happy.
The classes were fantastic when in them and I still study Buddhism today, but I needed more.
In January of ’09 I hit a major depression, as I had been in and out of throughout my entire life. However, this one was different. Inspired by what I had learned I was unwilling to give up, I had no idea what it meant but I knew with the convection like I know my own name, “that there had to be a better way to live,” and I was determined to find it.
I began working with a life coach. Within three months I was living a life happier than I ever had and more fulfilled than I could have ever imagined. Immersed in self-help and the concepts of love and faith and forgiveness, I threw myself into this new world, a new way of thinking, and have not looked back since.
I made a daily commitment to happiness incorporating meditation, prayer and the willing and knowingness that I could be in control of my happiness.
It was within only a few months of working with my coach that I knew it was my purpose to help people feel happier. I quickly enrolled in the NYU Life Coaching Program, was in group and individual coaching twice a week, read every book I could purchase on Amazon and attended all the classes I could fit in my week.
Happiness never came easy to me. I see this as a blessing as it was my dharma (or “purpose” defined by many teachings). Without hitting an emotional and often physical rock bottom I would have never learned what I know now.
I now live a life where I grow every day. Life still has its ups and downs. I still get angry and sad but I also feel more connected, more at peace and happier than I ever have in my whole life. The bumps in life keep me grounded and in daily commitment to happiness. After learning what I have I know that I will never be as low as I have felt in the past. I am so blessed and grateful for all that I continue to learn about myself and my world every day, a journey I can finally say overall, is a happy one.