Lauren Lemieux

Hi, I’m Lauren, founder and owner of Coaching to Fulfill Dreams.

In 2012, as the year unfolded leading up to my 40th birthday in December, I experienced what some may call a midlife crisis; however, I believe it was more than that. I felt a deep knowing and a strong midlife confidence that sparked the thought it was time for me to leave the family business after 20 years. I was confused and scared and excited and calm, all at the same time. And, in hindsight, I now realize my desire to leave was born on my very first day.

After bumbling my way through college, my lack of direction after graduation paired with a skewed sense of obligation, led me to settling for the easy path that had been presented to me. The boat yard was a beautiful setting and I actually loved working with my family; yet apathy quietly simmered below the surface for decades. I enjoyed a water view, earned a great salary, reveled in lots of freedom and there were even a few dogs. What I rarely shared with anyone was I had a dark truth – I had settled into a hollow professional life and I felt myself disappearing.

There is a HUGE difference between living your life and tolerating it.

During one pivotal and painful conversation that April with a family member, my whole perception of the company shifted. That one unanticipated, emotional event occurred and everything began to come into focus for me. After years of feeling the dense fog of obligation, I felt it lift. I had been telling myself a story that I had no other options for a career, that I had to stay and work with my family; yet, in that moment, all my options became clear. Who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live my life meant it was time to move on.

So, I did.

As I shared what was unfolding with a childhood friend, she asked what I wanted to do next. I told her I had no solid plan, but I knew I wanted to inspire and empower people to live the lives they want to live. What she said next was a gift I will be forever grateful for: What about life coaching? My response was, “What the f**k is life coaching?” I truly had never heard the phrase before that moment and the excitement for what was possible began to build.

I started poking around online and after a few clicks and inquiries, what came next brought my true life’s purpose into view. I trained, studied, and earned my professional coaching certifications from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation.

That was over a decade ago, when I went from living life on autopilot to taking control of my life’s direction and living my life for me.

And you can, too.

I joke now that had I known about coaching years ago, I potentially would’ve hired a coach and left a lot sooner. When you choose to partner with a coach, and commit to doing the work, you gain the confidence, clarity and courage to imagine, recognize and believe in what is truly possible. Realizing you do have options the choice becomes yours deciding what to do with them.

I’d love to hear from you, about how you are feeling stuck or fed up, about what you feel is holding you back and getting in your way, personally or professionally.

Let’s talk.

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