My Fearless Journey of Becoming a Life Coach

After over thirty years in the business world, 3 months ago I retired! Well, let’s say I said goodbye to my 9-5 job, and I’m well on my way in what I believe is my life mission; being a life coach. I want to open up and tell my story about how I decided on life coaching. 

Ellen Burgan

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My job in the Information Technologies (IT) field looked great on a resume, paid very well, had incredible benefits, and many people would have loved to be in my position.


Although it came on gradually as I hit midlife, I no longer enjoyed my work in the IT world. My work had little meaning and I simply wasn’t content. I kept thinking… there has to be something more meant for me – and it isn’t IT.

I felt stuck. It may sound corny, but I kept asking myself…

  • What is my WHY?
  • What is the real reason I was put here on earth?
  • What gift do I have to offer the world?

Years ago my WHY was to be a mother to my two beautiful children. And when I hit midlife, my two children were grown, had graduated from college, and were independent. My husband who’s 10 years older than me had already retired. So the high demands of family and motherhood had passed, and I had time to focus on me.

My two grown children
My two children who I love so much! Above and beyond everything, I am a mother.

For over five years, probably more like ten years, I’ve been on a journey of personal growth. Reading books, attending workshops, taking online courses, meeting with like-minded people… I did any thing I could possibly do to learn. I practiced integrating what I learned into my life.

So to add some challenge and interest to my life, a few years ago I started this blog.

My blog gives me a tool to share with the world what I learn myself on my journey of personal growth. I learn, and then share. I’ve always enjoyed writing, so blogging indeed brings me much joy. 

My gut feeling has always been that my blog was taking me down a path, but I wasn’t sure where that path was going. I trusted that I was on the right path, and when the timing was right, I’d see an open door.

Open door with sunshine behind the door

Why Life Coaching?

After much thought, researching and soul searching, an opportunity presented itself for me to seriously consider life coaching. Actually there was no big aha moment. I’m not even sure how I first grew curious about becoming a life coach. 

Eventually it was my addiction to podcasts that kicked me into taking action. I had stumbled upon a podcast by Rhonda Britten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute.  

I binge listened to all of the Master Coach Mindset with Rhonda Britten podcast episodes, and then purchased a one-on-one 30-minute laser coaching session with her. 

During that session where she would coach any problem in my life, I told her how “the plan” was for me to work 1 1/2 more years, and then retire at age 55 when my husband turned the magical age of 65. But the thought of working 1 1/2 more years was daunting.

I mentioned to Rhonda that I entertained the idea of life coaching, and the next thing I knew I was in her prerequisite program for life coaching.  I learned tools to help me move forward in my life. It helped me think about what was holding me back, and helped me decide how I wanted to move forward in my life with no regrets.

Two months after that, this past September, I flew out to LA for an intense weekend workshop. I was officially in the 9-month Fearless Living Life Coach Certification Program. 

A few months after starting the certification program, a door opened at work and I ran through it to put an end to an era.  

My own personal work with Fearless Living tools had given me the confidence and courage to take that leap of walking away from my job. 

So why life coaching? Sounds cliche, but I want to help other people who feel stuck. People who need help working their way through fear that may unconsciously be holding them back from going after their dreams – or maybe they don’t even know what their dreams are. I want to positively impact lives.

Helping People Move Forward

Today, I’m over half way through the program. I have 5 clients and my coaching time with each of them has brought me great joy.

I help my clients learn the Fearless Living tools that help them break free of fear and move forward in their lives. Wherever they are now, regardless of why they’re there, I help them move forward from that point.

I’ve witnessed my clients’ self-confidence grow, and it’s so rewarding to watch them reach their personal goals they wanted to accomplish with our coaching sessions. 

“Mastering your fear means accepting it, owning it, and making it work for you instead of against you.”

Rhonda Britten

Another joy of life coaching is that as I help my clients shine a light on their path, it also prompts me to ask myself questions about my own life. I love the continuous learning and growing.

Christmas Morning Feeling

So yes, I retired from a career that served me well for decades. It wasn’t easy to walk away from the security it provided, but fear was not a good enough reason to not try. I’m beyond excited to be in my new chapter!

You know that Christmas morning feeling when you were a little kid? That’s what I’m feeling right now about my new “passion job”.

My WHY? It’s to make life a little better for myself and others.

Work With Me!

1 – Free Book Club

Join me in my free Fearless Book Group at which we will discuss Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten. It’s a powerful book that will help you make change in your life. From the back cover:

Fearless Living exposes the roots of our fears and gives us the tools to move beyond them. The result is a blueprint for success, happiness, and peace of mind.

We will meet online, so the location will be from the convenience of your own home!

The online meetings will be approximately one hour, and we will meet once per week for 4 weeks. Join either the Friday morning group (10am CT), or the Thursday evening group (7pm CT). The Fearless Book Groups will start at the beginning of April.

This will be a group of like-minded people who want to exchange ideas and help each other grow. It is not group coaching.

The Fearless Book Groups are 5-10 people, so space is limited! Contact me today and let me know if you want to commit to the daytime or evening group.

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2 – Special Offer for Life Coaching

  • Do you feel stuck?
  • Do you need support working your way through fear to create a more meaningful life?
  • Do you have a passion for personal growth and bringing joy to your life? 

I help women find their passion and confidence, so that they wake up excited for a day filled with joy, purpose and fun!

Let me help you learn how to break free of fear and get the life you desire by taking you through the proven Fearless Living program, step-by-step. I know it’s proven because it’s helped me – I know it’s real!

If you want to change the way you feel about yourself and the way you feel about your future, I can help you take those steps. I can help you understand where you’re stuck.

I know within the first 90 days you will see results!

I have special rates while I’m in the Fearless Living Life Coach Certification Program. Contact me right away to schedule a no-obligation 20-minute complimentary discovery call to see if we’re a good fit. My fee will increase when I graduate, so take advantage right now.

Contact me for more information if you’re ready to start a new meaningful chapter of your life with more joy, purpose, and fun than ever before. 

26 Replies to “My Fearless Journey of Becoming a Life Coach”

  1. Yes! We all have a purpose in this life. The challenge for many of us is finding it. I am so encouraged to see you use your gifts and journey with people! I look forward to hearing more from you.

    1. Hi Joy,
      I agree wholeheartedly, we all have a purpose! Luckily there’s joy in our journey of discovering it. Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Congratulations Ellen! Our lives are very similar! I’m still on the path of seeing where my blog takes me, but coaching has come up! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you, Laurie. Enjoy the journey of seeing where your blog takes you! Let me know if you ever want to talk about the possibility of life coaching.

  3. Life is too short for regrets so good for you! You spend more time at work than with family and friends so if possible do something that makes you happy.

  4. My dear friend Ellen, it is so enlightening to watch you live fearlessly. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. I’m excited to see where this path leads and doors really have been opening for you. I am blessed to have you in my life and so will anyone be when they choose you as their life coach! Hugs.

    1. Hi Jae, the Fearless Living Institute has an incredible program. There’s a two-month prerequisite and then the certification program is 9 months. A minimum of 75 hours of one-on-one client coaching is required for graduation. The FL tools have changed my life, and I’m so happy to help my clients get the same results.

  5. So blessed to have come across this post today!! Reading your story has stirred my heart and given me so much encouragement on my present journey. Congratulations on going after your passions fearlessly learning along the way!

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