Change can be overwhelming, and Cathy Lawson, owner and life coach at Life Sculpting in Chandler, has been helping people move through change and set goals for the past year.
Lawson is in a good position to help others with change because she knows a thing or two about it herself. She was educated as an industrial engineer and built her career in corporate America.
“My whole job was to bring change to organizations,” she said. “There was a lot of company downsizing going on, and I realized that there was stress involved with the change in peoples’ lives.”
Lawson then enrolled in life coaching classes and began coaching people dealing with downsizing. She studied life coaching for three years to earn a certificate in the field.
One year ago, she decided to leave her job to pursue it full time by opening Life Sculpting.
“I wanted to provide support, guidance and inspiration for people as they go through changes,” she said.
Life Sculpting offers classes, events and one-on-one consultations. Topics include career transitions, relationships, families, wellness, stress management and weight loss.
“New clients come in for a consultation, and we discuss what’s on their mind so they can decide what they want to do,” Lawson said. “One of our most popular classes for new clients is “I Could Do Anything I Want if I Just Knew What it Was,” which has to do with career satisfaction.”
Lawson acknowledged that the new year is a popular time to set goals, but she has advice for people who plan on turning a new leaf.
“It’s a great time to set goals for yourself, but you need structure,” she said. “It’s important to create time to make your goals.”
Lawson is aware that the economic recession could affect her business, but she hasn’t noticed a slowdown yet.
“We’re only a year old, so it’s hard to tell, but in the second part of 2008, our revenue maintained,” she said.
Lawson encourages people who are struggling with change to come into Life Sculpting and give the facility a chance.
Lawson said she was able to undergo a drastic career change that has affected her for the better, and would like to help other people do the same.
“I like my corporate job for the most part, but it became not fun,” she said. “Now I get to make my own decisions and work with people to make a difference in their lives.”
Life Sculpting is located at 4960 S. Alma School Road in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 883-8160 or visit www.lifesculpting.biz.