Coach of the Month – Donna Goodin

Donna GoodinName:  Donna Goodin

Title:  Expat Coach, Retirement Coach

Business Name:  Ideal Path Coaching

Client Testimonials:  “Donna was an absolute delight as a coach! Not only was she very knowledgeable, but she was a great listener. She always captures the essence of your struggle and worked with you to help you to implement systems that work for you. Each week Donna and I had targeted goals that we worked on and if things did not go according to plan we just made modifications and kept on moving. One thing is for sure we always had a plan to keep us on track and that helped me to be successful!”–Wendy

“I contacted Donna during a time in my life when I was feeling particularly vulnerable. I had just followed my husband across the country for his job. I was in a new city, far away from my university and my advisors. Donna was honest and kind while helping me stay focussed on making progress toward my goal. Donna kept me on task during our phone calls by having me talk about my immediate concerns and my next steps toward addressing those concerns and making progress. Donna was a steady presence who helped me break things down into manageable chunks and explore new ways of keeping myself on task.”–Kaitlin

Niche/Specialties:  Expat Coaching, Trailing/Accompanying Spouse Coaching, Retirement Coaching

Expat Experience:  As an academic in various foreign language departments, I have spent time living in both Spain and Mexico.  Because of the nature of my work, I have also spent most of my professional life working alongside people from cultures around the world.   For over twenty-five years I have been an accompanying spouse,  and have made several moves to support my husband’s career.

Languages Spoken:  English, Spanish, some Italian

Life Experience:  I have worked for twenty-five years counseling, coaching and teaching.  I have been fortunate to get to know many people from all around the world.  My experience in other countries ranges from university halls in Spain, to orphanages and social services offices in Mexico.  Here in the U.S. I have lived in widely differing environments ranging from cosmopolitan cities to a small, rural town, the latter being perhaps the place I struggled the most with culture shock.  When I’m not working, I love traveling, reading, playing harp and guitar, and spending time with friends.

Accomplishments:  I have a Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a master’s in counseling.  I am also a certified coach.  I have worked for twenty-five years as a teacher, counselor and coach.  In addition to my work with accompanying spouses, I have also coached military spouses, retirees, and provided outplacement coaching to displaced employees.

What I Love About Working in This Niche:  As a trailing spouse myself, I am passionate about helping others in that situation create a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.  I understand the anger, depression, and frustration one can sometimes feel, as well as the conflict that those emotions can present when you truly want to support your spouse.  However, it is only when we confront those feelings that we can truly move forward and find the positive things that our situation has to offer.  I love providing clients the opportunity to do that.  My own journey was not without challenges, so I am committed, through my coaching, to help others who are walking this path.

Coaching Style:  As a coach, I create a safe space where my clients can explore all that they are experiencing and feeling as an expat partner.  I believe that most often the answers to our challenges lie within our own personal insights and experiences and so I encourage my clients to use those tools to forge a bright and exciting future for themselves.

Favorite Coaching Tool:  My Perfect Life Exercise

Why Clients Choose Me As Their Coach:  My clients love working with me because they know I am committed to their success.  They find in me a coach who is open-minded and supportive, while also holding them accountable to the goals they set.

A Tip for My Niche:  Be creative and open to change, for that is often what helps us to grow the most.  Living in another country can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences you’ll ever have if you can embrace the journey!

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