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“Learning to listen to your inner voice and trusting yourself to know what you want…well, that’s certainly not easy. At least it wasn’t for me. I was constantly hearing my inner voice shouting, yelling all the reasons why I was wrong for thinking/feeling/wanting something.
Dionne taught me how to quiet the shouting and truly listen to my gut. To trust in my own experiences and knowledge, to do the hard stuff (even if it feels and scary) because you know it’s the right thing to do. She helped me to not only learn, but to celebrate my authentic self.”
“Talking to Dionne is easy. With her experience and knowledge I always know that I will get an honest response. She challenged my thinking and helped me to shift my perspective. I was in a place where I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the roles in my life. I was lost and empty and experiencing anxiety and some signs of depression.
She was able to connect to where I was in my life and she coached and supported me through my learning, in such a way, where I felt cared for, supported and empowered. I always walk away from our talks feeling inspired and ready to use the do-able strategies she shares with me.”
WHY I STARTED + WHY I CONTINUE…
15 years ago I was deep in the throes of people pleasing, perfectionism and the imposter syndrome. I was a proud badge wearing everything for everybody woman. I had little to no idea what made me happy and all to infrequently, I would let myself desire something different. I was stuck, so stuck that I didn’t believe I had any control…I believed that life was just happening “to” me!
I played out all the shoulds…I went through life like it was my job to just check things off the socially acceptable to-do list…University, good job, clean house, clean husband, clean dog, beautifully symmetrical gardens and an active social life. I could cook and entertain like Martha, prided myself on my sex appeal and my ability to “open doors”.
I gave and gave and gave like a good girl…and I was empty AF! Numb and oblivious of the fact that I was NOT happy!
Then just over 8 years ago I experienced a major shift…motherhood. A planned but unexpected catalyst for my much needed break through. During my first few years as a new mom, with zero clue as to what I was doing, I quickly realized that I had no idea who I was…and I wondered if I ever did. I realized that I had no choice but to break open and figure it out. My girls deserved better than my usual modus operandi…full ostrich mode…ass in the air and head in the dirt.
And break open I did…
Out came the shame, and the pain, the anxiety and the depression. I ran the gamut of self-help books and reached out for anything, anyone who could help me to understand what was happening. I learned that I was waking up.
As I look back on that time, I realize that I, the best version of my Self, has always been here. It was just that for some reason, more to the point, for many small and a few big reasons, I walled myself up in a cinder-block room. No light, no door, the ultimate safe room. And there I stayed for 20+ years. The shell of myself, the version I showed the world, simply went through the paces of living, doing everything for everybody, desperately trying (and failing) to meet everyone else’s expectations for (of) me. I walked through life, just waiting for it to happen.
My most debilitating coping strategy to deal with relinquishing my power, was to try and control what was not mine to control…my friends, family, home and co-workers. My perfectly written reports and deviled eggs. Gasp worthy advice and noteworthy drinking habit. I took charge, answered questions (sometimes that were never asked). I revelled in my ability to set people straight and assumed my “rightful” role as leader wherever I went.
And the more I tried the emptier I felt. Early on in my awakening I started to finally take control of the one thing I owned out-right…my mind! I learned that I could decide to believe in, and control, my own happiness, my own joy. And I realized that I could create the life I thought only other people had. When I took responsibility for my experience of the world and stopped believing that life was happening to me, everything…I mean EVERYTHING changed!
Bring on the band and the flashing lights. The most remarkable moment in my life happened… and from that point on the cinderblocks began to fall, one by one, and I used those blocks to to build the road to the REAL me!
After many years of self-discovery, self-love and taking responsibility I have come to understand my true purpose. To honor the life I’ve lived and the lessons I’ve learned, by sharing my gifts with the world. My education, my training, my writing, my artwork and most passionately how I mentor and coach women, who like me, lived far too long boxed up by the “shoulds”. Women who know that there is a part of themselves just waiting to break free. A part that longs for REAL happiness. A part that wants to want and who desires to live purposefully not dutifully.
My purpose…to help you end the battle with your inner critic!
I have mastered my intuitive coaching and reflective practice skills and use proven-effective strategies and tools to get you the results you want. My clients know that I have the capacity to connect with the magical part of themselves they are desperate to find.
Let’s find out if I am YOUR Life Coach!
Let’s have a no bull-shit conversation about the REAL possibility of you ending the battle with your inner critic and making
YOUR HAPPINESS a priority!
“Dionne’s genuine approach and the exercises throughout the workshops were insightful and valuable because the questions were direct and the discussions we had in the group, offered a sense of connection.
Ten out of ten times I would recommend Dionne Thomson Coaching Workshops to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed and is wanting more out of their lives.”
~ Dani ~
The “official” stuff…
Over the 20+ years of my journey I have spent many years as a typical student…and earned a few letters behind my name…
(in case you were wondering!)
Dionne Thomson, M.Ed, B.Sc (hons), NLP
I have an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Guelph and a Master of Education degree (focus on Leadership and Narrative Inquiry) from Nipissing University. I spent 2 years taking post-graduate classes at Centennial college in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion and more recently acquired my Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy TM practitionner designation along with my NLP Coaching certification approved by the American Board of NLP.
I worked in the field of adult education for 15 years providing guidance and coaching support for adults looking to overcome their barriers to education and success. During that time I become a certified facilitator of Bridges Out of Poverty.
As a passionate and committed member of my community I strive to support others, especially women, on their personal path to success!