WPP 008: Krista St-Germain, life coach for widowed moms

Love yourself as fiercely as you can. And let it be what it is. And yes, life will be different, but that doesn’t mean it has to be limited. And just let it unfold. And love yourself through it. No rights, no wrongs, no judgement, no should be farther along than you are, no I’m not parenting well enough, or I should be better or my kids deserve better, or I have to fix it for them. It’s not useful.
— Krista St-Germain, life coach for widowed moms

I had a fantastic discussion with Krista St-Germain for this episode. Krista is a life coach for widowed moms, a career she started after losing her own husband in a tragic accident. We talked about a number of fascinating topics, including:

  • the differences between therapy and life coaching, and when you should consider one vs the other;

  • how our thoughts create our feelings, and some ways to get started with self-coaching to change our thought patterns;

  • what is post-traumatic growth, and how she sees clients hold themselves back from healing and growth; and

  • not trying to “fix” negative emotions in ourselves or our kids.

Talking with Krista gave me a lot to think about in my own life and my own parenting.

I hope you enjoy my discussion with Krista St-Germain.

Links & resources for this episode

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Option B video: How to Find Meaning After Loss or Trauma with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

Camp Widow

Soaring Spirits

Where to find Krista

Request Krista’s video on post-traumatic growth (free)

web site: coachingwithkrista.com

Facebook: @coachingwithkrista

Instagram: @lifecoachkrista

email: krista@coachingwithkrista.com

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