Natasha Waltham is passionate about coaching her clients to live their most authentic lives. With her warm, positive and nurturing personality, she coaches with a real sense of authenticity, self-awareness and inner strength that she imparts on all those around her. In a safe and non-judgemental environment, she gently guides you to live the life you have always dreamed of. Here, she talks to The Natural Parent Magazine about the inspiration behind her business and her hopes and dreams for the future.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
I have been a stay-at-home mother for almost 9 years. Now my children are growing up and I have more time to pursue my career, I decided I wanted to start my own coaching business. This is a win-win in my eyes as I get to do something I love so much as a job (listening to those that need to be heard and be an incredible coach and cheerleader to others) and still work from home because I choose to be there at the start and end of the day for my children.
The launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
I formerly trained in Health Psychology up to Master’s level, then went on to teach and coordinate an undergraduate paper at the University of Auckland. I realised quickly that I have a natural ability to mentor youth and my adult women students would often come to me to be heard and ask for advice. So the natural progression for me at the beginning of starting my coaching business was to re-train as a Life and Well-being coach, as it aligned with my more holistic approach to helping people. I had worked with life coaches and when I found a wonderful coach and mentor who had started training students, I decided that is what I wanted to do so here I am.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
The biggest breakthrough for me with my coaching business is that I now understand that you do not have to slog and work tirelessly for 40 plus hours a week just to make money and feel fulfilled. Instead, the breakthrough moment was that I can work the hours I want, have a purposeful, driven career and be joyful in the hours I do work. I feel liberated in this.
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
This is a tough one! I can be quite honest and say I don’t always balance these two on a daily basis; sometimes my family needs me more and sometimes my work needs me more. So the way I answer this question is to say, I reset daily and prioritise the areas that need me the most. This in itself provides balance for me that works for both my work and family needs.