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Life and Work with Wendy Sterling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Sterling.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
For 20+ years, I worked for a variety of Corporate America businesses in a sales, client services, and consultative leadership role. I have always been a people person – someone who loves to build relationships with others, among others and most importantly, network. Something I was really good at was empowering others to be their own decision makers. At the time, I did not know I could make a living doing JUST THAT! I grew up in San Francisco and moved to Southern California to attend UCLA, where I met my husband freshman year. Together, we graduated, built our careers and had two amazing children together. Very unexpectedly in the summer of 2016, my entire “married with children” life came crashing down – my 16-year marriage to my college sweetheart fell apart, my children were struggling with why mommy and daddy don’t live together anymore, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Almost two years ago I discovered coaching and found an amazing life coach who taught and gave me the tools I needed to look ahead, not back, and become a stronger, more independent and badass version of me. I am the example that creating a new life during and post-divorce IS POSSIBLE – and finding a new path to YOU 2.0 can be done! I help women of divorce find the lessons and silver linings in everything; change their mindset to “things happen” vs. thinking “things happen to me.”

My true heartfelt mission is to help divorced women who feel lost and stuck, find their true power and authentic voice using my transformative You 2.0 Roadmap program to be their best self yet. I help my clients experience where they are, where they want to be and guide them on their new path. I bring discovery, growth and show them their full potential in ways that may bring smiles, tears, laughter, and/or clarity.

Wendy is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the accredited Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and an Associate Certified Coach and member through the International Coach Federation (ICF).

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My road has been bumpy with many forks along the way. However, it has been incredibly invigorating, freeing and yet frightening which then turns into excitement. When I really think about my career and the positions I have held, I was always an entrepreneur working in Corporate America. I’ve helped build businesses in regions companies haven’t had a voice or a very small one – and grew them to multi-million dollar businesses. I knew I could do the same for myself and am proud to say I am actually doing it! It is the most incredible experience to build something that is mine and as a legacy for my children. It gives me goosebumps when I think about it! However, that is not to say that I have not stumbled along my path.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last year is it isn’t about why you fall down; it is about finding the strength to rise and get back up. However long it takes. And embracing the beauty from the ground, the rubble of rock bottom. Strength comes from bulldozing the rubble and building from scratch. I live by these following words of Brene Brown: “Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.” Amen! I’ve learned more about myself through the trauma of divorce – and how to use it to become the best version of me while living my passion to help others going through similar experiences.

Oh wow, so many things come to mind! I think the biggest piece of advice I would give myself is to really dance and be more present in each moment as well as lean in more to things that scare me because that is where true growth happens. I didn’t learn that lesson until a few years ago when I made the decision to leave Corporate America for life coaching full time.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with You 2.0 – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I help divorced women at any stage who feel stuck and lost to find their true power and authentic voice as they navigate their new roadmap to their best self yet. My goal is to guide my clients in finding hope and a new sense of self as well as cultivating community with renewed happiness, courage, grace and compassion. As a mom going through a divorce as well as an accredited life coach, I help my clients see they too may come out on the other side stronger, braver, happier and a role model to their kids – I am proof! I work with my clients to embrace all aspects of the divorce process, acknowledge where they are at, sit with them in those places and honor who they are and want to be. Through my 8-step coaching roadmap, women move through the emotion and impact of divorce more quickly and authentically to embrace their new YOU 2.0.

I am most proud of a few things: First, being a full time “mompreneur” while rebranding and re-marketing my coaching business to focus on my passion of working with divorced women, and secondly passing all of my coaching certification exams in under 1.5 years! I’ve also led multiple workshops where in just one hour I have seen women’s mindsets transform before my eyes! It is incredibly rewarding and I think I get more from working with my clients than they do!

What sets me apart is that I have lived the path so many divorced women are experiencing. While my story is unique and mine, I’ve found the foundation of trauma is the same across the board. It is still a ‘death’ of sorts and the mourning process and timeline are different for all. But the stages are the same. It is like a roller coaster and the path of the car is different for us all! I know what it’s like to ride a version of it and created a program for others that I know will help – because it changed my life and did so more quickly.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
I believe women are well positioned to do whatever they set their minds to which translates into greatness! I think so often our own minds get in the way and I would like to see a flip in our thinking about what is truly possible. We live in a world where we so easily soak in judgment from others and seek approval from the outside. I would love to see more women have the self-confidence to know other’s opinions of them are none of their business (Rachel Hollis said something similar in her book Girl, Wash Your Face) and to have enough self-love to know you are more than enough. In turn, anything is possible and opportunities are endless!

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Leah Gunn Emerick

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