We've all experienced times in our life where we feel that we could use a life coach, times when we could use a bit of guidance. This applies equally to Lee McKay Doe who it might surprise you to find out is actually a life coach herself.
Lee tells us a little a bit about her working day at her own business "Find My Mojo" (the only typical thing in her day is a good strong coffee) and her time spent studying Counselling & Psychotherapy at University. During her time off she likes to treat herself to eggs Benedict at the Gloagburn farm shop or escape altogether to somewhere sunny. Like some of our previous Small City interviewees, her job from hell was working as an Au Pair, this time because the family were going through an acrimonious divorce while she was in their employ.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
There is no longer such a thing as a typical day for me! Since quitting the corporate world, I get to live every day differently. My one ritual is that I always start off the day with a good, proper coffee.
On Mondays, I attend university where I am studying counselling and psychotherapy and I see coaching clients for the rest of the week. I spend a couple of hours each day writing and updating social media. On some days I’ll get so engrossed in my work that I end up having a pyjama morning at home. On others, I’ll go for a run and be at my office in Perth for 9 am. I work it around my clients and how sociable I’m feeling.
What signals the start of your weekend/days off?
I often see clients on Thursday evening and my drive home signals the start of the weekend. After years of long hours, I try to stick to a four-day week. It’s so much more civilised! On Fridays, I have a ‘girls’ day with my one-year-old and I get to pick up my son from school. It’s a lovely, relaxing start to the weekend.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
That I have a life coach. I started seeing a coach last year and made some big decisions about how I wanted to live my life. It now looks very different than it did a year ago. As soon as I made the plan I felt happier. Like me, my coach had also studied counselling, so I felt safe sharing my fears. Having that safe, supportive space helped me to move forward.
Top of your bucket list?
I have a thing for sunshine, which does mean escaping Scotland from time to timeMost of the items on my bucket list involve travel. I have a thing for sunshine, which does mean escaping Scotland from time to time. I’d like to live abroad for a year with my family and experience a different culture. I did it when I was younger but it would be an adventure to do it with the kids.
Worst job you’ve ever had?
When I left school I took a job as an au pair in Paris to learn the language. The family were lovely but unfortunately, they went through an acrimonious divorce when I was there and it all went downhill. I was like a deer in the headlights!
Who or what inspires you?
I am constantly in awe of my clients. Some of them are at the top of their game professionally, yet they never stop working on themselves.
We can all lose our mojo from time to time and we just need some direction. They are ready to make it happen and it is pretty inspiring.
Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?
My friends got married in Italy a few years ago and it was a truly magical weekend. It would be so hard to recreate because it was a combination of fantastic company, a beautiful setting and just being part of a really special occasion.
What’s the best part about your job?
That I don’t have to come up with all the answers. That might sound odd, but my clients know what is best for them. They are much more likely to stick to a plan that they’ve come up with themselves. It’s my job to bounce back ideas, help them to explore what’s important and challenge them from time to time.
What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?
Eggs Benedict, I’ve never attempted to make it myself so it has to be from Gloagburn.
Complete this sentence; The best things in life are….
..the simple things. For me, it’s love, sunshine, great friends, good food and time to enjoy it.
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