I Thought The Universe Was Conspiring Against Me. I Decided To FLIP IT
And Now Believe It Was Really Asking Me “How Bad Do You Want It?!”
“Many years ago I came across Christina’s work after a co-worker attended a Graphic Recording training with her in Canada. I was instantly “drawn” to what I saw. I convinced my employer I needed that training too however they chose a local agency, which was wonderful, but I still felt a pull to train with Christina. I utilized what I had learned and created several charts for various organizations.
I had just finished Grad School and was working as a Lifestyle Coach on a Diabetes Study for the University of Colorado Health Science Center. I was also raising a family, welcoming my first Grandchild and as time went on I got busier and busier. Eventually, I became a therapist and a Supervisor for our Community Behavioral Health agency. Over a decade later I started to feel drained in my therapy profession and I knew I needed a change. I still liked working with people but something was not feeling right.
That’s when I thought about graphic work again. This time when I looked into Christina’s offerings she had Visual Coach Certification. It’s like the heavens opened up. Surely this was “meant to be” I said to myself after I was accepted into the program and I was ecstatic.
I started to imagine a future where I could combine my artistic and creative side with my therapeutic and coaching side. It was perfect. I completed my own maps where I scribed a future vision. This included private practice, doing more art and living a healthier lifestyle. I even rented my own art studio which had space for my coaching practice, therapy or whatever I wanted to do. My life was going to change but little did I know how much.
For some time, I had felt really worn out even though I continued to push forward. I thought I was burned out from work or maybe depressed (as my now adult children were on their own but struggling). I went to see my doctor … it was Cancer.
I couldn’t believe it, finally when everything was moving in the right direction I may not live to be able to see it through. I couldn’t understand why the Universe seemed to be conspiring against me. To get so close to a dream only to see it ripped away seemed like a cruel joke.
I let Christina know what was happening. I wasn’t sure I would make it through but I did. The recovery was slow and luckily I had a wonderful support system through my hubby, my friends and family, my work and amazingly through this Visual Coaching Program.
Christina was amazing. My cohort and her assistant Pat also helped me hang in there and I am grateful. I attended online classes as I was in my bed recovering. She kept me connected and reassured me that I could trust my unique process and do things as I needed to do them. I requested to be a practice client for another coach-in-training which helped me feel more grounded (thanks Lisa) and revived the vision I had for my Future Self as I was now sure I was going to have a future.
I wish that was the extent of what happened but sadly it didn’t end there. My father, who had been sick for some time, passed away. I also had challenging tech issues throughout but finally, I graduated.
I thought about the Universe conspiring against me and I decided to FLIP IT and now I believe it was really asking me “how bad do you want it?” I am happy to report that I am in good health, I have conquered my tech woes, and I will be starting my private practice in July, and I am so excited!
This experience has been incredible. I still hope to attend one of Christina’s in-person trainings in the future but for now I am right where I need and want to be. I have good people around me, watching over me and I look forward to working with great people in the future!”
Cynthia Stone, LPC, NCC,
Therapist and Certified Visual Coach
Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.A.