"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou
I have always enjoyed that quote from Maya Angelo. It reminds me that no matter how beautiful and perfect someone's life may look, we mustn't assume we know what they have gone through, or are going through.
Thank you for taking the time to look through my Coaching website. It is probably fair to say you are on this page to learn more about me, so…. Hi, I’m Rick. Some people call me Richard. I am a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and uncle and a friend. I currently reside in San Diego and have been here for over 20 years - I truly love it here. I have a background behavior and communications and have enjoyed being curious and learning more from others whenever possible. I can truly say I am grateful for the many experiences and joys life has offered.
As much as we tend to touch on the good stuff when giving people the highlights of our life, I also want to share with you a few things most people may not share. I have dyslexia. I have gone through a divorce and the challenges of co-parenting. I have been so broke that I have paid one credit card bill with another credit card - living pay check to pay check would have been a step up from where I was. And yet, I can say I am grateful for the challenges and lessons life has offered too.
While working as a part-time college instructor, I found my passion for mentoring and life coaching. My enjoyment of teaching was only outshined by the enjoyment of mentoring and coaching current students and college graduates. Listening to their dreams and aspirations, breaking things down to achievable goals and helping to keep them accountable all came very naturally to me. I love seeing people discover their personal power as they move closer to reaching their dreams.
How did I find Oola (the company I am certified through)? At the very beginning of 2020 I was dealing with stress and anxiety in both my personal and professional life, all while trying to convince myself I could just power through it. Long story short, I couldn’t just power through it. My physical health deteriorated, and doctors from both Western medicine and Eastern medicine told me it was all stress related. And then, the pandemic - It shut everything down. I spent the next several months assessing my habits and routines. I worked on reprogramming my mind and rebalancing my life. I was reading anything and everything I could on the topics of stress, anxiety living intentionally and bad habits. (Yes, over working yourself is a bad habit, as is constantly putting others before you.)
I started to share on social media the progress I was making. People started asking me for pointers and more information – sharing with me the struggles and challenges they were facing too. These interactions with others further inspired me to become a certified Life Coach. One of the books I had come across earlier was, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dave Braun & Troy Amdahl. Focusing on 7 key areas of life; Fitness, Family, Finance, Field, Faith Friends and Fun. Dave & Troy had put together a system, a framework if you will, that was both specific and simple. It made sense and suddenly everything clicked into place for me. Later on, as I was looking through different Life Coaching certification programs, I was excited to see a program to become certified as a Life Coach though Oola.
Now, years later, I am thrilled to have coached many clients through the Oola framework. Using my knowledge and experience in behavior, I help my clients disrupt old habits that no longer serve them and restructure those habits and routines to create the life they truly want to live.
I am here to help you find balance and live a life more congruent with your dreams. The life you want and deserve.