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Sherri Lojzer was recommended to Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington. We were developing a new strategic direction, implementing organization changes and moving forward into some unchartered waters. We have all sat through horrific strategic planning sessions at sometime and our board feared the worst. After our day with Sherri, they could not stop talking about her refreshing approach and how much work we accomplished in only a single day. FCSSGW now has new vision and mission statements, values and a cohesive, achievable strategic direction for the next two years. Her coaching skills are well honed and have been extremely helpful to the teams. Our board, and leadership team, could not be happier with the results!
My coaching experience with Sherri allowed me to discover more of who I am and how to become more successful. At first I was hesitant, I thought I was doing fine and that I don’t need to be coached. How much could possibly be wrong with my life? I have a job, family, friends and I am pretty happy with myself! After just one session with Sherri I was blown away at how much I learned about myself and what I took away. Sherri helped me identify my strengths, weaknesses, and develop action plans to achieve those goals. With work, Sherri helped me to develop a system that makes me more productive and proactive and I have been exceeding targets ever since. Thank you Sherri for allowing me to accomplish things I never knew I could and for understanding a better me! I can guarantee that anyone who invests in coaching with Sherri will take something away from it and you will not regret it!!
I have watched Sherri Lojzer coach businesses here in our community. Straightforward, honest, productive and inspiring. She will lead your business on its growth path.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your time today. I wanted to also share with you that my energy has skyrocketed with that one session. I can feel the difference in me from getting home from work to after our call, that was amazing!
Hello my friends,
There is no better way to get to know a person than getting an understanding of what they do, why they do it and how they want to impact the world. My aim is to share with you exactly that, because the impact I want to have on the world is to work with women entrepreneurs to tackle stress, overwhelm, anxiety so they can take back the freedom & flexibility to live their lives by their own rules. Many feel stressed, lonely, confused, frustrated, disheartened and think themselves failing or a failure
We should always start with why!
I believe it is our responsibility to share the gifts and natural skills we have to help empower those who are capable of accomplishing a greater impact in our world. I also believe that our passion & compassion should guide us in seeking out and creating a collaboration with those who also seek to create a positive impact. It is important to me to control my own destiny because I trust my instincts, I believe in the connection & goodness of the human spirit and it truly fuels my soul to be a part of someone's transformation into a conscious leader.
Who I am now is very different than who I was at the beginning of my coaching training. Yet the life altering experience of what stress can do is exactly why I ended up becoming a coach. There are, in fairness, a number of other events that led up to the epiphany I am about to share with you, but that is a whole other story.
Over the course of several months I had started to notice a number of things that individually were not really much of a cause for concern, but as they started to pile up I quietly questioned to myself if it was more. I noticed i would experience a hard time feeling motivated for a couple of days at a time, but then I would bounce back and feel ready to take on the world. This was not normal for me as I am not one for sitting still but then again I was a 40 something woman with a bit too much middle in my middle age and a stressful job, teenage boys and living with a significant other who was no longer my significant other but occupied one of the other bedrooms in the same house as me. There was a lot going on so maybe I just needed to rest better.
What didn’t subside so easily was the intense moments of emotions. I could cry at the drop of a hat. Actually I did. I cried at commercials, at things people said, happy moments, sad moment, and irrelevant moments. It was really bizarre because I didn’t cry. Crying was a sign of weakness and I was not weak!
The next thing I noticed was that I was waking up in the morning with this weird shaky feeling. Jitters of some kind I guess you could say. My dad is diabetic and so the thought that started to invade my head was that this was the first sign of the pre-diabetes, which I was aware I was pre-disposed to because of genetics. I consciously decided I should not eat before bed and especially not sweets.
Despite this decision about food, my weight continued to sneak up. Now I have had my own issues, real or imaged depending on the time, with my weight so I figured perhaps this middle age spread was just a reminder of my age despite my mental belief that I was still only 25. During all of this I had been suffering from migraines which had started much earlier in my life, but I had noticed a seeming increase in the occurrences. I would be pretty much in migraine mode sometimes for a full week to two weeks each month. However, the day I suffered my first Ocular Migraine I thought for sure I was having a stroke! No pain at all but it was like I was looking through a child’s kaleidoscope toy at the world. My vision was like shattered glass. This is NOT normal. But a visit to the walk-in clinic and I was assured I was not having a stroke and I went on my merry way thinking this was also just a thing that happened when you were a migraine sufferer.
Now I consider myself to be relatively intelligent but I can look back and say that this was not one of my brighter moments. The reality was that I was afraid of the answers. I was sure I was diabetic and that I had developed a thyroid problem and clearly my hormones were out of whack. My doctor would make me take all kinds of pills and it would create limitations on me that I didn’t want, but just as badly I would have to accept the fact that I was not 25 and invincible after all.
However, it was not until the day I stepped into the shower and began washing my hair that the final blow came. For those of you who know me, my head of crazy curly hair is a bit of a trademark. I would often get compliments on it and I rarely left the house without it washed, dried and styled with curls to the moon and back. But on this day as I rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, clumps of my thick locks came out at the same time. Not just a few extra strands which I had thought I noticed in the week prior. No this was a significant amount of hair. I was panicked and devastated. We only lose our hair when we have cancer right?! This is what my amygdala screamed at me. With tears streaming down my face I got out of the shower and called the doctor’s office. I realize this might seem a bit dramatic but remember that I was also experiencing was some serious emotional spikes from time to time and I felt rather like Sampson in that moment.
By the time I got to my appointment the next week I was a messy ball of stress and tears came at the drop of a hat multiple times a day. I was pretty sure my life was about to change. Thankfully, it was. I blurted out every one of my symptoms to my family doctor between tears and was sure to include my diagnosis for each one so that he knew exactly which tests to order to confirm. After what I swear was a zillion tests, I went home to wait for the news. Two days later the doctor’s office called and asked me to come back in the next day to discuss the results from the doctor. The Next Day! This cannot be good!
As I sat with him in the exam room the second time, he pulled his chair around to face me straight on and looked me in the eye. In a soft calm voice he said “There is nothing in any of the tests indicating any physical illness” He may as well have said it in some ancient Sumerian language because I couldn’t understand what he was trying to tell me. He continued on reviewing each result while I waited for the but. Obviously he thinks it is something else, so what does he think it is?!
When he finished I stared at him for a moment and then launched my counter argument. “Yes, but what about… and … and the….” Rhyming off every symptom all over again thinking when he hears the long list he will agree it is impossible that nothing is wrong with me. When I paused to wait for his answer he looked me very intensely in the eye and again in that calm voice he said “ Are you feeling a lot of stress right now?” Well of course I was! I was probably dying and he didn’t know why! So what other tests do we need to do? What’s next? At this point he leans in a little closer and simply repeated his question “Sherri, are you feeling a lot of stress right now?”
In that moment, it was like there was this craziness almost like one describes when their life flashes before their eyes when they face death, and then suddenly…. it clicked.
I know in that moment exactly what he was trying to say, but I was not prepared. That day changed everything. I spent several hours after that appointment in a bit of a fog. I was processing and reprocessing every symptom and every test, and his response, and every single thing that was causing stress in my life, and finally considering what the cost of each of those stresses was. It was in that awareness that emerged the realization, this was likely the luckiest day of my entire life.
Now my mission is to empower other women who are feeling a roller coaster of emotions, stress & overwhelm, frustration and a sense of failure to regain control, build resiliency and live a healthier happier life.
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