I just real quick wanted to address CATGIRL
You absolutely can be a life coach without a degree -- you're talking to one -- I took a leave of absence from college about 8 years ago and never returned because I realized that life was a better school than any place I could go --- like Melanie, I don't want to downplay the use and experience of having degrees , but also , I really want to emphasize the fact that there are so many things technically I could do but can't because I don't have a degree -- but it doesn't mean I don't know these things and that I wouldn't be fabulous at them --
I could probably be an herbalist with what I know about herbs and nutrition but that is not a passion (though it is very interesting!) -- I could be a doula which the research I know of pregnancy, childbirth, informations, techniques etc and while you don't need a degree per se to do that, certification is helpful -- but again, that is not a passion either ---
My degree (would I have gotten it) would have been in Sociology and honestly I have no doubt that I have the knowledge already to be a *Sociologist* but continuing to get that degree wasn't a passion ---
Now I am a life coach with two clients -- Devon and another, and I feel like a degree is the last thing I need
What I have is life experience -- I have God -given gifts of communication and of empathy and an ability to think outside the box and a willingness to serve --
You absolutely don't need a degree to become a life coach -- in fact, I think the fact that life has been my education speaks volumes more than a piece of paper (again, not putting down degrees!) ---
I have done tons of research, I gather my insights and information from sources ranging from The Bible -- to Walden -- to The Secret -- to Freud -- to Buddha -- to Maya Angelou -- to The Hicks -- and from everyone in between -- MOST of all though, THIS IS HOW I LIVE MY LIFE -- and that is something I think anyone who wants to teach LOA has to become in alignment with -- it doesn't mean my life (or me) is *perfect* -- it just means I have learned to effectively live my life according to the principles of LOA (and my personal affiliation as a Christian which for me, it goes hand in hand) and I am living for all intents and purposes a life of joy and magic and of peace and personal fulfillment (still working on the financial freedom
I have healed myself from debilitating illness, I have healed my family relationships, I have a fulfilling, happy marriage, I am a wonderful, non-martyrous, happy mama, I am at peace with who I am, where I am, how I am, and am ready and willing to serve others who are on that journey inward and forward...
THAT, is what you need to be a life coach (imo) not a degree or a perfect life without any ups and downs or challenges --
Imagine if Terri (annikate) went to medical school before beginning her Finding Kate foundation:? www.findingkate.org
What if Amris waited until she completed journalism school or went to seminary or whatever to speak with Spirit and to write it into a book?http://www.amris-messagesoflove.com/
Look at the amazing work Kate (katest.) does -- I don't know what degree she would have had to get before she felt *worthy* of sharing it with us! www.lovefrombaby.com
What if Pat (wu wei) waited until she had a PHD in child developement before she emparted her extremely insightful and beautiful wisdom regarding living consensually with children in harmony?
....or Melanie (koalamama) with the awesome website she is creating? I don't believe she has a degree in web design or in LOA but she friggin ROCKS...
....or Devon, with deciding to travel this summer -- sure, she HAS a degree in her field, but she is making lemonade from lemons - they said they didn't think she was going to be hired back, so she is taking the trip of her life and she will find her way when she ges back!
Or any of the other amazing women and mamas on this thread following their nudges from The Universe or from God or Spirit or Amris' magical french toast God
My point is, if you are feeling led to do that -- DO IT... don't get caught up in the hows .... anything you want to do, BEGIN IT.... the way will be shown to you!!
Here is my website if you are needing inspiration:www.sculptyourlife.org