My Coaching Journey – The Pathway to Becoming a Coach
My First Coaching Experience
I discovered ‘coaching’ in my early 20s (around 21 or 22 year old) when I was working as an Office Junior (!) in London, which was my first permanent office job.
After studying photography and media studies at college for 3 years (higher education, not a university) whilst working in the restaurant to pay the rent, I found working in an office as an Office Junior rather uninspiring and soulless…
I had chosen to work full-time after college because I couldn’t afford to pay the overseas fee for university (as I was classed as an overseas student then). But the only job that I could get at the time was an administrative role because I had no qualifications or experience.
I was feeling really depressed and miserable everyday. But I was on the internet one day (to be honest I can’t remember what search terms I used!) and discovered coaching!
I met this ‘coach’ in the hotel lounge in Central London and I had a couple of sessions with her. Coaching was a complete new concept for me, and I honestly can’t remember what we discussed but I remember feeling lighter after having a coaching session with the coach.
Then I had a light-bulb moment!
I would love to become a coach myself and help people! That’s it – this is what I’ve been searching for…
But then soon my critical voice started telling me that I’m too young to become a coach. I don’t have any life experience to be able to coach other people. So I decided to park the idea of becoming a coach and just continued working… as an Office Junior.
Starting My Yoga Business
Fast forward to 2014, after changing jobs multiple times (from working in a Tax compliance team in a global firm, to a finance role in another global firm to working in a debt investment company!), I decided to enroll into a Yoga teacher training after practicing Yoga regularly for a couple of years prior.
I was still not enjoying the job I was in, in fact I never fully enjoyed any of the jobs I had in the past.
To fill my emptiness, I was drinking alcohol almost everyday and smoking heavily. But my one joy in life was my regular Yoga practice.
After completing my Yoga teacher training, I started building my own website, blogging, running and marketing my private Yoga classes.
I then discovered a whole new world of online business and coaching!
I worked with several business coaches over the years and experienced good and bad coaching. I also coached clients myself in both health & wellbeing and business.
A Light Bulb Moment
But I never thought about getting a proper coaching qualification until earlier this year when I was creating my new online course – Pathway to Dharma.
I was writing content for one of the lessons in Pathway to Dharma. It was about finding and fulfilling your dharma – life purpose.
As I was writing content for the lesson, I felt joy and the sense of fulfillment – the words just came out naturally and I was in ‘flow’ and completely in the present.
Then I had a light bulb moment! This is it! This is my passion – helping others discover their true self and true purpose in life, and support people through career change… which has been a huge struggle for me throughout my working life.
And I realised this had always been my passion from the moment I had my first coaching session in the hotel lounge in Central London.
I lived my 20s getting the jobs that other people thought I would be a good fit for. I let the external world decide my job and career.
Because I decided I wasn’t good enough for the job I actually really wanted after experiencing hundreds of rejections. I decided to choose the easier path – to let others decide what I’m capable of doing.
On the second day of my coaching training, I had an opportunity to practice coaching with my peer group.
And I’m so pleased to say that… I absolutely loved it!
It was a big relief and reassurance that I had chosen the right path.
So if you are reading this, remember that you are more capable than you think you are. I believe that we just need a little guidance and support along the way, so that we can re-discover who we really are and our unique gifts and talents, and express them in a way that serves the world.
You just need to believe in yourself.
Risa Kawamoto (she/her)
Hi, I’m Risa! I’m a Transformational Coach and a certified Yoga & Ayurveda teacher.
I am passionate about guiding and supporting purpose-driven individuals, discovering their True Self and inner purpose, and creating a fulfilling, meaningful & joyful life, using the powerful tools of Ayurveda, Yoga and transformational coaching.
I am excited to guide and support you as you begin your journey to discovering your True Self and creating a fulfilling, meaningful & joyful life!