You know what I love about this day and age? How technology has expanded our thinking and our reach. It’s not about how many followers you have, how many people have watched your videos it’s about showing up and continuing to provide value to the world because you never know who’s watching locally or internationally. Meet Caroline, she is my first international client and today I’m going to share her experience with working with me one-on-one for 4 sessions.
Caroline sent me a detailed email with her specific financial obstacles as well as how she found me.
“I do not know if you have clients in France. I heard about you through my friends and brother in NYC. I think its a fantastic program in the US. Here in France, I would think you have a great potential but the context is quite different.”
So after catching my breath because I can’t believe that someone from France is even reaching out to work with me (and why you need to focus on one view instead of thousands because you never know what one person you may touch. Contrary to popular belief size does not matter lol) I then had to get over my fear of can I even help someone in another Country? The credit system is different, the dollars are different, the time zone is different and the lifestyle is different. However, I realized that if you’re going to accomplish any dream in this world you can’t be afraid of different. You can’t be afraid to think Global because a local mindset can only get you so far.
Caroline agreed to work with me over the course of 4 sessions. So today I thought I would bring Caroline on to ask her about her progress, how was her transformation and what she liked best about working with me. I’ve captured a video of her progress so you can feel free to watch it below. (Or read the summary below)
Why did you decide to reach out for coaching?
“I’m a top executive I thought I had control of my life but I became a single mother of three after going through a divorce and I thought okay I’m not going to panic, I’m going to take control of my life and get more freedom. I was following you online and I really liked your videos and personality so I thought she’s the person I want to coach me. ”
Can you explain what your life was like before we started working together?
“Well my life was like a lot of guilt, so basically I was spending my money without knowing where I was spending it, just going on with daily life. Money was controlling more of my life than I was in control of money and I didn’t know in which category I was spending. I had no savings or some savings I just used as cash. So it’s not a debt situation it was really over budget, over budget, over budget and pretty much I was scared of looking at reality. “
What were your hesitations about hiring a coach?
I had coaching in other fields and I realized that I talked to other people about money but I feel like is this really going to make me change? Is this really going to make me stop being scared to look at an excel sheet? It was more of trusting myself rather than trusting you.
I also thought is she going to give me the tools so that I can do that on my own. If I pay someone is this really going to be giving me more understanding and also she’s in the states I’m in Paris a different environment can this really work?
And my big surprise was it was actually great that we were coming from a different situation because you weren’t scared to talk about money and people here in Europe are very afraid to talk about money and it was fun.
How do you feel like your life has changed since working with me?
” I think it was really facing reality. The first time we really looked at my budget I suffered I just thought Candice thank God she’s very nice when I talk to her, but I was very upset. I was very upset to do all that to dig in my files to look at the numbers.
How much am is the school costing me? How much am I spending on food? And when I saw how much I was spending on food I thought oh my God thank God she sees me because otherwise, she might think I’m very overweight because I’m eating so much. I just realized oh my God all this money going on groceries and I’m spending so much on doing little things.
Like hair, massages, my nails just little things that I thought yes I’m an executive I need to do that. Just little things that were adding and I was shocked because I felt kind of guilty so I didn’t like that. What made me change was that suddenly when I started really looking at the budget discussing it with you really I just started feeling like I understand whats going on I’m starting to feel more at least in control like having even the vision and that was the first big step and the second step is that I started acting and implementing what we were talking about.”
What do you feel like has been the most helpful part in working with me?
“The feeling of having a regular check-in and thinking okay when I talk to Candice next week I need to have this progress made and being accountable, but its not like someone who is judging me, but I did feel like I needed to show my progress to be proud of things and sometimes to say I’m not doing very well in that part.
I was pretty much a shopping addict with clothes to compensate when I was scared and a think a lot of women are like that. I started to have objectives and it’s a slow progress I’m not you know like I’m totally off that. It’s almost like an addiction, but for me suddenly I know why I have to make some progress there because I want to go on holiday [vacations] and I want to do it for my children to reassure them that things are okay.
Also the feeling now that I don’t need really a lot of people to help me. You give me the tools, it’s a very empowering thing.”
Anything else that coaching has given you, that you weren’t expecting?
” That idea that money can actually be fun I mean to talk about money with someone I think it actually helped me in my job search because when I was doing my job search I thought why is it important for me to earn this salary…If I had not made the work with you I may have turned down the job because I would have thought this is not enough money because I’m not covering my costs and because I’ve done the work with you I realize I need to go even further…The big thing is you are helping me get more freedom in my life and my professional choices and that is unexpected.”
There you have it Caroline overcame her fear she faced her reality and is now more in control over her money. Caroline and I will continue to work together to have our monthly check-ins. If you can relate to Caroline in any way and want to sit down and gain more control over your money feel free to book your free 10. min money consultation call to see if we’ll be a good fit.
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