Well, I'd need to say that I have practiced it as a lifestyle longer than I remember, not as a business but just something I did for people. I had always trained people and taught non officially. My own life coach discovered me.
I was buying investment properties at the time, remodeling them to sell. See? I am an Interior Designer by training and passion, and that's where I was until one day my coach suddenly interrupted me with the question that changed the course of my life (hurray for coaches!). She said, "Soraya, have you ever thought about being a coach?" Well, I was clearly dumbfounded to say the least, not understanding where that question was coming from. She said, "I reviewed your DISC profile (personality assessment) and it looks like you have the perfect profile to be a coach."
When she said that I started connecting the dots on how I had always been the "go-to" person where people came to get answers, support or counseling. I also though of how I have always been involved in people's transformations. I remembered that I had taken 500+ teenagers and young adults on mission trips to 4 continents in a span of 10 years, and I was their teacher, mentor and trainer. I remembered I had been creating and selling online courses to my friends (and family) where I would teach them on zoom calls what I had just learned at the different events, seminars, retreats and workshops that I had just attended where I was spending over six figures on my own development.
It totally made sense; my heart had been telling me all along but my brain didn't read the billboard - until then. Fast forward to trainings, research and hundreds of sessions I have now become an interior designer that empowers others to redesign their interiors. I train myself every single day on different topics, constantly sharpening my saw. I am certified as a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and other programs.