Carol’s ‘Close Up’ with Life Coach Maggie Currie!

Carol Bridgestock

Life Coach Maggie Currie

Today my ‘Close Up’ is with Maggie Currie who is a Life Coach. I am very exctied about this interview as Maggie will be starting her very own feature with us, right here, next week.  The feature will be called ‘Life Happens…’ and Maggie will be giving us tips, on how to cope!

Before we go live I thought it would be nice for you to get to know Maggie and see what a lovely lady she is.

Welcome Maggie!

Maggie, how on earth do you manage to juggle working, writing, being a wife and a mother?

Having been a medical secretary for 20 years or so, I learned early on how to prioritise and I carried this into my home life.  I also learned to delegate too.  So now I have a lovely lady who comes once a week to do my housework (which I hate doing), the shopping is delivered which saves me several hours each week and leaves me the time I need to work and look after my husband.  All my children have left home and have children of their own, so they don’t need my constant attention.

 What inspired you to write a book then?

 When I hit rock bottom about thirty years ago, I had very limited help or access to help.  I remember I had the flu, all the children had chicken pox and we were all sitting huddled in the living room of my tiny flat and I had just one 50p coin left for the meter.  I had no job, I perceived I had no prospects, I thought I have to change something because if I don’t I am not going to survive, and if I don’t survive my three small children won’t survive either.  I had to change the way I thought about myself.  So I changed one thought, I do have prospects and I can get a job.  My parents brought me more coins for the meter and when I was better I went out and got myself a job in a school kitchen cooking the dinners.  It kick started me back to a proper career and I wrote the book because I didn’t want anyone else to be in that position, and if it helps just one person I shall be so pleased.

 Do you have a regular pattern or routine the you stick to?

 I work for myself providing a virtual secretarial service globally.  There are some parts to the work that are regular, but mostly it is irregular.  Sometimes I can be working at 11 o’clock at night, and other days I am finished by lunchtime.  Additionally I am a life coach also working globally and often I am coaching clients at 7am my time which could be 6pm their time, or I could be coaching at 5pm my time which is 9am their time.  I love the flexibility of working from home and not having a boss.  So no there is no particular pattern or routine.

 Who would you like to share a cup of coffee and a natter with?

 I would love to sit down and have a natter with Oprah Winfrey.  She is such an inspirational woman who gives so much time to others and has come from a very poor background but has never forgotten her roots.  I have seen a couple of her chat shows but they don’t interest me, Oprah herself interests me. I would love to find out more about the real person behind the public persona.

 How do you relax?

 I like to relax at home with a glass of wine and good dvd.  It could be a film or a series, I have just finished watching ‘Smash’ a series about writing and finding the right actors to play the parts in a musical about Marilyn Monroe.  I tend to watch the films and series I like on my own when my husband is out working on Friday and Saturday nights, he runs a mobile disco so is usually out most weeks.  And of course I read quite a lot too.

 Bob is always telling me that my handbag has everything in it bar the kitchen sink, so I’m curious what do you have in your handbag right now?

 I have a notebook and several pens, purse,  Kindle, diary, mobile phone, car keys, house keys, business cards and that’s about it.

 What’s your favourite smell?

 I love the smell of freshly baked bread and as I make it several times a week I get to enjoy that quite often.  I also love the smell of basil, it always smells so fresh and clean.  New babies smell gorgeous too.  I don’t do very well with perfumes as I am allergic to them so everything I have is unperfumed.

 What’s the best advice you’ve been given or best advice you’d give?

 The best advice I have been given is to just be yourself.  And that is the best advice I give anyone.  You can’t be anyone else, so just be yourself and be the very best you that you can be. 

 What’s your favourite book as a child/adult?

 My favourite book as a child was Winnie the Pooh and as an adult it has been Gormanghast.  Winnie the Pooh because there is so much positivity in it and Gormanghast because it was written by a man in the trenches on little scraps of paper and it is what kept him sane.  The descriptions are stunning and the story so imaginative. 

 What are you working on now?

 I am working on writing an online coaching programme to help women going through divorce to be delivered by modules.  So far I have written the first two modules and there are ten to go.  Each module is around 6,000 words and will be delivered as webinars.  It involves creating Powerpoint slides for each module and a workbook for each module.  Questions to be answered on the portal etc.  It is a great project and I am enjoying it immensely.

 If you won the lottery what would you spend it on?

 I would donate some of the money to my favourite charity The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, some I would use to move house as I currently live in an upstairs flat and would like to live in a bungalow. If it were millions I am not sure what I would with it to be honest. Maybe buy an island of my very own – who knows?

 Who do you admire in the literary world? Who do you consider your mentor? 

 I admire anyone who can write a book or novel that holds the attention and makes me want to keep reading.  There are too many books out there that I can’t get past the first couple of pages and that is a shame because they may get better as they go on, but I don’t want to read any more.  As for mentors I have several some of whom are writers, some are life coaches and some are friends.  They are located in Australia, USA and UK and I communicate with them weekly, sometimes daily via Facebook.  And of course my husband is my greatest mentor as he supports and encourages me in everything I do.

I think our readers might be interested to read some of the many testimonials for the work that you do Maggie.

Due to confidentiality they have been anonymised of course but here are a few:- 

“The ride has been awesome…the support you gave me while I was driving at the wheel of my life and you were sitting in the passenger seat guiding, encouraging, and supporting me was fantastic and I so appreciate that.” SR, USA

 

I have made some significant changes to what I do and how I behave.  Change is always difficult but you just have to have confidence, back yourself and go for it don’t you!!  Your book was the first step I took to set me on the way for this latest, and final, journey.  I have picked up a few other things on the way and there is no turning back now!!’ TB, IoW

 

‘Maggie helped me to recognise that I was stagnating and I chose not to do that any longer. I have changed my life dramatically in just one year and now I am really enjoying my life and my new relationship.’ LR, Gloucester.

 

“Things are really good. There is very much a difference in my homelife now, very rarely do I even think about work, which is great. Even my daughter has noticed a difference. I don’t seem to get stressed like I used to. I really can’t thank you enough for your help!” VP, IOW.

 

“It was quite apparent my immediate need for her guidance and advice regarding publishing my book have been adequately and superbly catered for by Maggie.” RS, Portsmouth. 

 

“Maggie helped me to make one big decision that led to another, and another, and another – and that’s how my life changed for the better!”— JL. Milton Keynes.

 

“Thanks for the notes and your time yesterday. The idea of getting help was a major breakthrough for me and I am laughing at myself and in total disbelief that I had to be led by you to that very obvious solution!!! I guess you must get that all the time though. Getting help will open up the possibilities of what I can achieve enormously and I actually woke up this morning raring to go instead of dreading the day’s work.”. KG, Surrey

 

“Maggie, your well placed questions and non-judgemental help in our coaching session really helped me to think more clearly about my situation. ” GL, Paris, France

 

 And below are Maggie with Vectis Radio’s Ian Mac at a book signing in Waterstones, Isle of Wight and images of her published books!

Thanks Maggie! And we’ll see you soon with your first article ‘Bouncing Back!’

C x

 Maggie Currie with Ian Mac from Vectis Radio at Waterstones in Newport, Isle of Wight.

   

Links to Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Believe-Creates-Your-Reality/dp/1846244668/ref=la_B005HX4HUY_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358096237&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stepping-Stones-Rebuilding-Confidence-Yourself/dp/1468081675/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358096332&sr=1-2

 

 

 

 

 

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