Storytime | How I Became a Life Coach

May 18, 2016 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

When I tell someone that I’m a life coach, I usually get one of three reactions:

Wow, how did you get into that?” or “I could use one of those,” or my favorite, “Aren’t you too young to be a life coach?

I always want to respond, “No jackass, you clearly have no idea what coaching is all about.” (But that would be “uncoach” like : )

Anyway, I don’t like to tell my story to anyone and everyone, unless I feel as though someone genuinely wants to hear it. Why? Because it’s more than just an answer to their question of why I chose this career field…it’s essentially the story of my life and the obstacles that led me to where I am today.

Don’t worry…I won’t bore you with the entire story.

But in today’s (requested) video titled, “How I Became a Life Coach,” I give you the short, but sweet version. And by sweet I mean somewhat entertaining : )

To WATCH, click the image below. Enjoy!

with gratitude and much love,



Hey guys, Happy Wednesday. If you’re new here, I’m Shaina. Welcome to the land of bettering yourself and your life. Today, I’m telling a story- the story of how I became a life coach…(OOOH)


Once upon a time in a land, far far away …(music and effects)…just playin…

First of all, if you’ve heard parts of this story through my videos, or my website or straight from the source- my mouth…well, you’re going to hear it again and you’re going to like it. Just kidding again. Focus.

OK, how did I become a life coach…

Well, I went to a 4 year college like any high school graduate is told to do…without an idea of what I wanted to do, who I was, who I wanted to be or knowing how to write check for that matter. At college orientation, we were forced to choose a major- or in my case I opted for “undecided” because that’s how you justify paying 20 grand a year. After one semester down, I sat down with my “guidance counselor” who didn’t know my name, but who encouraged (MOCKING) me to choose. After about a 60 second deliberation, I chose textiles, merchandising and design (effect). Whatever that entialed. After realizing what a silly mistake that was, I switched to the very distinguished field of communication studies aka “undecided” with a proper name.

Ok, this story is already too long.

Fast forward. Graduated with honors. No job. No direction. No money. Living back at home. I ended up working on the front lines (pause) as a customer service rep for a well know bank. After about a year of being verbally abused by people with less money than me and being told when I could use the bathroom everyday, I landed a job in radio advertising in Hartford CT.

This is when my life changed completely. Yea, that’s not exactly true.

I promised myself I wouldn’t relive this period of my life. And yet here I am…

I was very unhappy at that job and where my life was back then. But as miserable as I was, I learned a lot. I learned all the things I didn’t want and I had a pretty big wake up call and that was…I wasn’t living up to my full potential and… After 9 months, I woke up, not being able to physically, mentally or emotionally able to do it anymore, I quit without a plan. Because that’s what intuitive people do, or idiots.

The only thing I did know for sure was that I wasn’t going to jump into a “real job” until I found what I was looking for, and that was my passion and purpose. I moved to Boston where I nannied to pay the bills. At first I got so caught up in making money that I pushed my mission aside. After about nine months there (9 months was the magic number I guess), I moved out to LA to see my mission through once and for all.

The first year was messy. I was kind of an emotional wreck. I thought what the hell did I do? I had lost my old identity completely, but hadn’t yet found my new one- so I was in this really weird, difficult place of nothingness. But it forced me and motivated me to go out on kinda a self discovery quest. I read a ton of self help books that became my personal guide in life. I devoted my time and energy into bettering myself and becoming who I really wanted to be in the world. (rich and famous- just kidding)

So as I was implementing and practicing all these new ways of living I guess- and learning how to stop listening to my mind and follow my true self- I was exploring my curiosities…my strengths and my skills…I was putting the pieces of the puzzle together one by one.

It took me over a year after picking up my first book to experience that light bulb moment of whoa, this is what I want to be doing. I didn’t even know what a life coach was, I had never heard of it, but it was clear to me that the self help world was my jam…it’s like I had come home. Now, my work was far from done as I navigate in the big world of self help but what I breathe of fresh air…and

I went from being this lost, rule follower to becoming a person with knowledge and passion and full of freedom. And it was clear to me that my life’s work was to help other people (especially younger people) transform into a person they’re proud to be and live a life that they’re truly happy to live. I’ve pronounced my frustration in video’s past about the lack of information and education in our school systems when it comes mind management so my passion for this work (and how it’s steered my life in he right direction) combined with my frustration is what fuels me to do this and make a difference.

That’s how I became a life coach! Woot woot.

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Hi there! I'm Shaina Leis- founder of this inspirational space :) I'm a Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping young adults better themselves and their lives. In this blog, you'll find general advice, career guidance and so much more. Have fun!