Kristie Entwistle, Board Certified Life Coach
I am happy to share with you that I have lived and continue to live a life I love and of which I am very proud. As a child my main interest and hobby was dance. I took tap, ballet and jazz style dance lessons for as long as I can remember. I performed in dance recitals every year. I grew to love them because of the sense of accomplishment. "Overcoming the fear" of getting up in front of those hundreds of people was the best part of it. I believe this part of my life gave me the confidence I have today to always go after my goals and dreams.
Back in those days if I was asked, what do you want to do when you grow up? I had no idea. I couldn't even imagine my hobby, my creative outlet, could be a career. So I struggled to try and see myself as an executive assistant, an executive, a retailer, a teacher in a classroom, anything my parents and guidance counselors suggested. I just couldn't see it, feel it, imagine it.
Honestly I wasn't the best student in school. I liked socializing much more then classroom work and studying. So instead of running off to college, I decided to hold off and get a job in retail until I could be clear on what I wanted do with my life.
After a year I saw an ad for a ballroom and latin dance instructor job in the newspaper. I thought to myself, "Really, is this a job? Really?" It was finally clear what I could see myself doing! And I went for it. I auditioned and got the job. Soon I was being trained to be a ballroom and latin dance instructor.
I worked in my first dance studio for about 9 years. During this time I was told by my family and friends that I should get a “real job”. But I was never happier. I loved my job and even though I wasn’t making tons of money, I saw ways I could in the future. I was learning a great trade and so much about the business. However, in the end, I heeded the advice of my parents and I went to business school. This school taught me secretarial and administrative assistant job skills. When I finished with school, I got a “real job”. I worked full time as an administrative assistant for several different companies. I was making money and getting benefits but I was miserable. My real love was my dancing job which I was still doing part time at night after long days at the office.
I realized this could not continue. If I wanted a career in the dance world, I had two choices - to be a competitive dancer or become a studio owner. Ultimately I decided to open my own studio. And soon, I saw a change in my parents. Not only did they see this as a "real job," more importantly, they saw that their little girl was fully happy again!
I have run two very successful, fully staffed dance studios and continue to teach dance today.
One of the great priviliges of my job when I ran my own studios was that I was able to encourage my employees to follow their dreams. I showed them that they too could run a dance studio, compete professionally, achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. I also had students who would sit and talk to me for hours expressing to me about how they wanted to go after their dreams. I was able to encourage them do go for it and often they did!
This is when I decided to become a Certified Life Coach. I was already coaching people to achieve their goals. I loved this part of my job. I have been coaching people on the dance floor to make positive changes in their lives for 26 years. And now, for the past 3 years, I have coached people professionally off the dance floor to achieve their highest dreams.
There is not a day that I don't wake up feeling excited about the work I have to do on that day. I have loved my career of working with people and helping them to live their best life. And I am excited to be able to help YOU!