The sudden death of Janet Ellis’ only sister in 1998 brought her to her knees and was the catalyst that ultimately brought her to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). “When I am emerging from a crisis, my usual response is to embark on some learning journey. In December 2006, I was completing what I thought would be my last semester at ASU. I had earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development and a minor in Psychology and Gender Studies. I then decided that I wanted to apply to their Marriage & Family Therapy program,” said Janet.
While her application was being processed, Janet decided to indulge her curiosity and find out what SWIHA was all about. The school had a great reputation for powerful classes with great experiences, and she had a personal interest in the newly formed Life Coaching program. One evening in January 2006, Janet attended a Gifts & Graces, facilitated by KC Miller. Janet said, “That experience so powerfully confirmed what I felt as a deep calling, that I enrolled in the Life Coaching – Foundations class, and I’ve never looked back!”
First, Janet completed and received her Life Coaching certificate. She observed that some professional hypnotherapists were classmates and because of their ability to help clients access their subconscious and identify what was holding them back, they were becoming very powerful coaches. She was also experiencing her own transformation, so she also enrolled in and completed the Hypnotherapy program. “As our Master Life Coach, Richard Seaman put it: ‘Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy are the perfect dance’, and I have to agree. The two programs were so interdependent that I would have a hard time deciding which was best, and I cannot imagine having my practice without the skills I acquired in both. I can recall in vivid detail, the moment of Holy inspiration that occurred, and I always hold space for clients with the hopes that they will experience that for themselves.”
Janet disclosed that when she arrived at SWIHA, she was much more broken than she cared to admit-- to herself or to anyone else at the time.
The wonderful thing about becoming a life coach is learning the work and watching it iron-out the wrinkles in your own life.
She remembers that there were a few fellow classmates who helped her get into the core of her issues and, for the first time, she was able to really see herself. "This was HUGE for me, life changing. We are never really broken….maybe just bent!"
"We are all okay, and we’re all doing the best we can."
Passion for working with and helping others started when Janet was a young girl. She recognized that something was amiss in her family and felt a pull to understand the dysfunction. “I think I used to help others as a coping mechanism and as a way to validate my existence or my relevance in the world. I came to believe that each human being had immeasurable value and a God-given right to live a beautiful, fulfilling life.” She is convinced that we all have choices about how we live our lives, how we serve the world, and how we love ourselves and each other.
She believes if we learn how to release our ‘inner junk’, we will see that. This will allow us to make more authentic choices and serve the world in a much more loving way, and as a result, create a more peaceful and harmonious world. “So many people are stuck in lifestyles of their own creation because of how they were raised….There is a perceived standard that has nothing to do with who they are, what they want, or why they are here in this life. I am passionate about helping them reclaim their lives so that they can freely and joyfully serve their purpose.”
Some wonderful insightful quotes from Janet to you:
Know that you have something unique to offer.
Always have a mentor, and be a mentor.
Be aware of those successful individuals who are willing to share their experience with you.
Ask for help.
Work on your business as well as in your business.
Don’t try to do it all; off load the things you either don’t like to do or are not as skilled at.
Save your time and energy for your core work.
Surround yourself with positive people who support and challenge you to be your best.