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KIM MILICH

Company:

Kim Milich Life Coach

THE BIG QUESTIONS

WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL TITLE?

Life Coach.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?

From one day to the next it varies, which is what makes my job so interesting. I try and start the day with a short walk and nutritious breakfast. I then spend my days seeing clients, running workshops and talks and working on new ideas.  I try to keep half a day a week aside to brainstorm ideas and allow myself time to stop and think creatively!

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD AND WHAT CHANGED?

Funny enough I recently came across my School Yearbook from 1995, where I had written I wanted to be a Drama Therapist! I have not pursued a career in Drama but certainly passionate about helping people feel empowered and to fulfil their aspirations.

WHAT ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?

I have a 2:1 Degree in Social Policy & Administration. I am a qualified Hypno-Birthing Practitioner and a certified Transformational Life Coach.

WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Be your biggest cheerleader! 
Challenges are your greatest learnings...
Just start (the thought of doing something is often worse than the reality of doing it!)

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY?

My 98 year old grandma. She has shown true determination when faced with challenges and come out stronger. Always takes an optimistic attitude. I have learnt from her to believe in myself and never stop fighting for what I want and to always apply a positive mind-set. 

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CURRENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT?

I work from home which is conveniently very close to my kid’s school and the park.  I have clients come to my Practice and also offer sessions over Skype. I have the freedom to work in the Local Park and coffee shops (my local does a great iced coffee!). This is where the creative juices flow for new concepts ideas for workshops and talks. Being my own boss means I run my own timetable and have flexibility. I feel very grateful to have this working environment as it’s very different to when I worked in Marketing in the fast paced Fashion Industry working 9-6pm and commuting over an hour to work.

WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR DAILY WORK ROUTINE IF YOU COULD AND WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS' TIME?

Working on your own can be a little lonely  but I have started collaborating with other people which has been great as it is great company and find we bounce ideas off each other. (I have joined forces with Personal Stylist Keren Beaumont and we are running a workshop in September called, ‘Inside Out’ to help you discover your personality strengths and find your personal style – it’s going to be great. 

DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE THE SAME PERSON AT WORK AND IN PRIVATE?

In five years’ time I see my Coaching Practice continuing to grow, speaking at large events. I want to become the ‘go to’ Coach for anyone looking for clarity and direction in their life, and to work on their limiting beliefs and mind-set. Watch this space!!
 
I love learning so in five years’ time plan to have received my ICF certification and also completed further courses in CBT, NLP and Positive Psychology. I have a busy five years ahead!).

DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE YOURSELF AT WORK AND WHERE AND IN WHAT ROLES ARE WOMEN IN THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AT YOUR COMPANY?

Yes - being a Coach feels very much part of me. I just have to be careful not to play the coach role with friends and family! I worked in the fast paced Fashion world in the Marketing Department for ten years. The women had leadership roles which was very nice to see as not representative of the workplace.

DOES DIVERSITY MATTER TO YOU?

Yes. We are all unique in our own way. It does not matter what we look like, the colour of our skin, where we are from. Life would be boring if we were all the same. It’s important to embrace our differences and see diversity as a positive thing.

HOW GOOD IS YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCE?

Great. I get to work and be very present in my children’s lives. I know the importance of ‘self-care’, so every Friday is ‘me day’, involving doing things that make me feel good, such as going to the gym, catching up with friends and getting my nails done!. The best thing about it is that I no longer feel guilty about it because I know how important it is to look after ourselves and believe it makes me a happier and better wife and mum.

WHAT QUALITIES DOES BEING IN YOUR ROLE NECESSITATE?

Being a good listener, non-judgemental, kind, supportive, empathetic, challenging (when need to be).

ANY FINAL COMMENTS?

Thanks for inviting me on here. I love reading about all the inspiring women on the Launch Pad.  
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