The Coach’s Cottage (map here) is truly a metaphor for business ownership and the transformation that happens through coaching. Like the clients I coach, my home, The Coach’s Cottage, is ever-evolving and changing. It’s where all my in-person coaching sessions happen. It's a comfortable space where you can just be you.
The Coach’s Cottage is a cozy spot in North Central Phoenix. (map here)
It welcomes you to relax, breathe deep and dive into the depths of who you are as a self-employed woman. Its comfortable atmosphere opens the doors to your mind as you shape the vision you hold for your business and develop a plan to get you there.
Built in 1962 and in a steady state of remodel since my husband and I purchased it in 2002, The Cottage has been my home office since I opened my business in 2006. It is an integral partner in my coaching practice and its walls have listened in as women emerge as business owners who believe in their value and reveal their brilliance to the world by crafting their unique business.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll notice the mature orange and grapefruit trees are a depiction of the vintage citrus orchard that was here before The Cottage was built. This gives The Coach's Cottage a bit of an urban ranch feel while the colors and interior decor add a touch of a coastal sensation. I like to think of it as a “coastal farmhouse in the midst of an Arizona desert city.”
As you walk through the door, you’ll notice the cheery colors and modern cottage charm mixed with the character of a 1960's home. True to my minimalist approach to life, the decor is simple, clean and uncluttered with just the right amount of personal mementos and decorative accents to keep it from feeling empty and uninspired.
Out back, the large porch, full-grown trees and cool green grass provide a bliss-filled paradise. The perfect spot to enjoy a glass of iced tea and enjoy the birds and the whistle of the breeze floating by. Also, my favorite spot to write my blogs. (Like this one.)
One staple at The Cottage is Buddy, a full-of-personality dog who greets everyone with a smile and a wagging tail. Buddy often sticks around for a bit at the beginning of a coaching session and once he realizes “Oh, they’re just gonna talk,” he quietly sneaks off for another nap. But the moment it’s time for you to head home, Buddy will once again come visit to say good-bye and eagerly await his chance to explore the front yard.
Another staple at The Cottage is the ever-growing project list.
As any true remodel addict would, I scour Pinterest daily for inspiration, ideas and creative home solutions. It is not uncommon for the dinner table topic to be the next project or future ideas.
As much as my husband teases me about my “remodeling the remodel” and how much of a “pain in the a**” my ideas are, deep down he, too, is a remodeling addict. He spent many years in custom home building and remodeling and really does enjoy seeing our home evolve. He also is super excited that the kitchen remodel is moving closer to the top of the list as he loves cooking and, truth be told, does all the cooking in the house. (Yes, I am spoiled and I know it.)
We have found that working together on the house has been a great bonding activity and the more projects we work on together, the stronger our marriage becomes.
Whether you coach with me in person or remotely via Skype or phone, you'll find a comfortable and casual vibe with me.
If you do your coaching session in person, we'll meet at The Cottage. It's at my kitchen table where the magic of coaching happens. We’ll have access to a large shared computer screen and a full wall of whiteboard space--perfect for taking notes and collaborating. If you’re across the country (as many of my clients are), that collaboration will take place via Skype and on a shared document that we can work on together in real time.
In addition to in-person coaching, The Cottage also plays host for my group coaching, workshops and events. The Sparks Mastermind Community in-person meetings also take place at The Cottage. No matter the event, it's likely we will spend time in the kitchen and in my bright, relaxing and comfy living room. On occasion we'll even step out to the front courtyard, venture onto the back porch or enjoy the shade of the backyard. Whatever serves the purpose of our time together.
Don’t be alarmed if it looks just a little bit different when you stop by. Let’s face it, The Cottage just wouldn’t be a metaphor for coaching and change without its never-ending remodeling and transformation!