Hi! I'm Deb
I am passionate about helping people discover what they are capable of doing and becoming.
Combining 15+ years of teaching experience as an IB English and Theory of Knowledge teacher and 6+ years as a successful business owner and award winning realtor with my CTI coaching training, I’m here to help you create the life and business you desire!
The Stellar Life Project was inspired by my own journey of self discovery. So, let me tell you about me and how I ended up here.
I had arrived. I had a stable income doing a job I loved as a high school English teacher. I was operating squarely in my zone of genius inspiring students to stretch themselves to see what they could achieve. As I write this I recall with a smile the deep satisfaction I got from working with students and the pure delight I experienced bearing witness to their discoveries of the world and of themselves. But I digress. Back to the story.
I had arrived. I had a job I loved. I had a great marriage and a happy family. I was fit and healthy. We lived in a beautiful home. I was happy.
Then a minor motor vehicle accident, that didn’t seem much more than an inconvenience at the time, turned my world upside down. It turns out soft tissue damage on the right clavicle (that part around your collar bone) makes it really difficult to do all the writing required for grading all those English papers.
After 3 years of living with chronic pain, I had to face the fact that continuing to do the job I had loved so much was impacting my health in a negative way and it was time to make a change.
It was not an easy decision. There was much grieving and a serious case of identity crisis. I didn't "do" teaching as a job. I was a teacher. I am still a teacher.
I chose to be an English teacher because I love words and books and I also really like teenagers. I have a master's degree in English literature. So, basically, I took my interest and turned it into a career. That is usually a good place to start to guarantee job satisfaction.
When I decided it was necessary for me to leave teaching, I looked for other interests and landed on real estate. My husband and I like to move. We had bought and sold several homes in the course of our marriage and the last time we had moved (a few months before the accident), our realtor said to me "You'd be a great Realtor". I thanked her for the compliment, but didn't give it another though until 3 years later when I was looking for something to do that interested me.
Turns out she was right. I am an excellent realtor. I built a successful real estate practice at RE/MAX Select Realty in Vancouver. I received awards every year I was in real estate, including rookie of the year in my first year. And I enjoyed helping people through the process of buying and selling homes. What I liked most about real estate is helping people who are in transition. It takes a great deal of courage to change our lives, whether it's buying for the first time, selling for the 5th, or starting and growing a business. Change is not easy and I admire the courage of people who are willing to make a change in their lives and I am inspired to support them. There was a lot of satisfaction for me in real estate even though it wasn’t the same as when I was teaching.
This brings us back to why I am here. I really believe when we embrace change and growth, we expand into the best version of ourselves and when we allow ourselves to expand we not only experience great personal fulfillment, we also can't help but inspire others around us to do the same. This is why I am now a coach. Which is actually kind of ironic because the first time I heard someone introduce herself as a life coach when I first started networking after getting my real estate license, I scoffed at the notion. But not long after I started in real estate, I hired my first coach. I decided that I had invested in my education to be a teacher, I would probably benefit from doing likewise in my new career. And it was true. I know for absolute certainty that the reason I got the rookie of the year award in my first year in real estate was because of the things I learned from my coach. 90% of the business I did that year happened in the 2nd half of the year after I hired that coach.
Fast forward to a few years later. Once I had got my legs in real estate and felt more settled in what I was doing, the learning curve having flattened out some what. I found myself frequently mentoring other people who were starting businesses both in real estate and outside of real estate.
Then I stumbled across the book The Big Leap. To say it changed my life would be an understatement. The central question in that book that happily turned my world upside down. The question: How much time are you spending in your zone of genius. After agonizing about whether or not I even had a zone genius, I remembered mine is helping others to see what they can do and be. And that was the first step toward deciding to become a coach.
Now, I can happily say that I am once again firmly planted in my zone of genius, that place where I feel I am making my highest and best contribution to the world. I have experienced powerful transformation in my own life by being coached and I now have the privilege of bringing the experience of the transformative power of coaching to clients I work with. This is my stellar life project.