What I Do



I have spent most of my life, laying the foundation for what I’ve realized is my purpose. When I first put pen to paper at age 12, I didn’t think of writing as something that would become an important part of who I am or that it would fit in so well with what I was meant to do. As I’ve matured and honed my writing skills, I have come to appreciate the platform I have because I see the potential for positive things. Writing is a gift and a tool. It’s important that I use what I have to create positive ripples in the world. Helping people makes writing rewarding.

It’s for that reason that I regularly write for 5 blogs. It’s why I work so hard on the books I want to publish. It’s why I’m filling notebooks to hand down to my future grandchildren. Writing is my passion, but it’s also how I contribute to making the world a better place.

Outreach Coordinator

I truly believe that whatever each of us chooses to do in our lives, we must bring something unique that makes us stand out from the rest. Café Sanctuary is different because we, the co-owners, have been in similar situations to those we help. During my process of escape, I experienced what it felt like to talk to people who’d never been in an abusive relationship. It’s something that no abuse victim should go through because we already feel sub-human, demoralized, misunderstood. As an Outreach Coordinator, I strive to make clients feel safe in my presence, so that they know I won’t judge them or question what they tell me. I share my stories with clients so that they know they’re not alone in how they feel or what they’re experiencing. If I can show them that I relate to them, they feel more comfortable talking to me and that’s important.

I know how important it is for our clients to have a voice because I know what it’s like to not have one. My experiences allowed me to see where there were gaps in the system. I learned what works, what doesn’t. I offer hindsight and a hand to hold throughout the process of escape. I help lessen the risk of discovery by doing the research for them and giving them exactly what they need so there’s no guesswork involved. I remember what it was like to wonder who to turn to, only to have doors shut in my face time and again.

In the process of escape, time is a precious commodity. It took me many months to connect with the right people because I could only do so much during the times my abuser was at work. To be able to find the agencies my clients need in a matter of days makes a world of difference.

Life Coach

The concept of bringing something different applies to my Life Coaching, too. I chose a niche specific to the areas of my experiences ~ life after divorce, abuse, loss, relocation. Having the ability to share my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned will hopefully serve as inspiration to those I coach.

What I want my clients to know about me is that I am open to learning from our sessions, too. I genuinely love seeing people triumph over their challenges and that’s an important part of being a life coach ~ being uplifting and encouraging, supportive.

I strive to be the sort of Life Coach that provides sessions my clients look forward to. My reward is hearing of their successes and watching them get to where they want to be ~ living creatively, loving life, and enjoying the journey.


5 thoughts on “What I Do

  1. Joanna says:

    I am designing life too! Check out my blog, looks like we have quite a few things in common!!! xox

  2. SteveB says:

    Carol, I paraphrase what Hemingway once said, “When you write you must bleed.” You have the ability to bare your soul. Don’t hold back. There are too many anodyne writers in this world. God Bless.

    • Carol says:

      Being able to share the things I do surprises me because I have always been such a private person. I am an introvert, too {which surprises other people, so I’m told}.

      I’m thinking I’m really not so private after all and that I was being private because I had to or risk things being used as ammunition against me.

      I share my stories because I know that from my experiences, I found my purpose. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel, having met so many people as a result of my interest in writing, which ultimately led to me blogging, taking blogging courses and meeting great people, like you. Thanks for your support. 🙂

  3. Carol, thank you for the follow and for setting up the café blog in Facebook so we can still connect with fellow blogger students and I’m happy to know that you have come out beautifully from your difficult situation. The Lord really makes beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) and you are the living proof of it. Looking forward to a great friendship with you. Take care.

    • Carol says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re a part of Café Blog and I appreciate your kind words and look forward to reading more of you and knowing you better. {Hugs}

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Meet Carol

Greetings and welcome to Designing Life ~ where you'll learn more about my services as a Life Coach. If you have a brand or product that has relevance to life coaching or making starting over easier, please get in touch. For more information about me, click on my picture. Thanks for visiting!

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