Sara Davison's world fell apart when her husband left her. Now, she uses the lessons she learned during her divorce to help other people around the world cope with their own breakups. Sara shares her journey with us in this excellent interview.
How did you end up sitting where you are today?
I had been life and business coaching for 15 years when my husband left me out of the blue. I was devastated and felt like my world had ended. Overnight I lost the father of my son, my husband, my best friend, and my business partner. My world was in tatters, but as I coach, I knew it didn't always have to be that way.
So I decided to turn my pain into creating tools that would help me turn my life back around. These are the techniques and strategies I now use to help clients around the world cope better with their breakups.
What kind of work does your role involve?
I coach clients on how to handle the rollercoaster of emotions and the practical challenges of any breakup. I also train people to become Breakup and Divorce Coach Practitioners.
As well as coaching, I also have a podcast called Heartbreak to Happiness and am also the Patron of The Dash Charity (domestic abuse stops here). I am also the author of two best-selling books - Uncoupling and The Split.
What gets you excited about your industry?
I love my job!
It is so rewarding to help people go through the toughest of times and help them take back their control and start to feel good again. Divorce Coaching is a relatively new and fast-growing niche in the coaching industry. I love empowering my clients to turn their trauma into triumph.
My industry is all about making a positive difference to people, and it has a global reach with video coaching, so I get to work with people from all over the world. My favourite work is to run my Heartbreak to Happiness Retreats which are both virtual and soon to be live again.
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Be yourself. Embrace your strengths and accept your weaknesses. You are good enough just the way you are. In fact, to be truly successful, you have to be yourself!
What, or who inspires you?
I coach others to become Breakup and Divorce Coach Practitioners and share how I have grown my global brand to create coaching businesses they love and are passionate about.
How do you keep up to speed with what's happening in your industry?
I have a close network of fellow coaches who have been in the industry for many years. I also use social media to follow my mentors and those that inspire me. And there are lots of them!
What was the most challenging project or situation you've overcome?
When I first started out as a divorce coach, I underestimated how long it would take me to grow my business as nobody knew what divorce coaching was. It's hard for someone to purchase divorce coaching when they don't know what it is or that it even exists!
Now divorce coaching is firmly on the map, and I have trained a Coaching Community of over 150 Coaches in 5 different continents.
You finish work today and step outside the office to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
I would still do what I do today as it's not work for me - it's my passion! Although I would definitely give my team a big pay rise! Everything I have achieved is down to teamwork and having incredible people around me.
How do you switch off after a day at work?
Ooh, lots of things! I spend time with my son, go for a jog or take my puppy for a walk by the lake. I love a glass of wine with friends or a video call with my parents. Or a good old box set binge on the sofa!
If you had one wish for the future of your industry, what would it be?
For divorce coaching to become accessible to everyone who needs help and support to cope with their breakup.
What book or podcast should everyone know about?
Of course, I'm going to say my podcast Heartbreak to Happiness! I interview inspiring guests who share some very helpful insights. My favourite podcast of all time is Oprah's Super Soul. I listen to an episode every day on my run; it's inspiring, empowering and always sets up my day to a great start!
How should people connect with you?
Visit www.saradavison.com or follow me @saradavisondivorcecoach on IG, FB, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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