Testimonials

Nice Things People Have To Say About Erin

“When I first started working with Erin, I was stuck in “very good.” But what if I could be exceptional? I felt I could do more, write better, go further. I felt it was in me, I just didn’t know how to get there.

Often, when I sat down to write, I felt strained and fearful. What if this article wasn’t very good? What if it was only good enough? I decided to work with Erin because I wanted to change how I approached my writing; I had a suspicion that my worrying about the result was interfering with the process, interfering with my capacity to get to exceptional.

I wanted to focus on the art and not on the outcome. I wanted to change my definition of success.

Just a week into the coaching, I noticed a difference. I noticed I started to edit my pieces differently than I had before. I was taking chances, trying new techniques, playing with new turns of phrase, new ways to open articles. I started to feel excited, like there was the potential of something really great around the corner. There was possibility. And I was having fun with my process. I didn’t feel pressure, and it was so much more enjoyable to sit down and write. It was joyful.

Before starting coaching, I thought I would only find value if a piece was published and praised, but I learned that there is value from the experience of doing, of creating. Writing is fun!

Since I started talking with Erin, I haven’t felt burned out. I feel more positive, lighter. Refreshed. The strongest thing I’m taking away is this: I can change my story. I can press pause and insert a new film, a new way of being, thinking, feeling, experiencing the moment to moment, influencing the future. Erin helped me realize how powerful we are. Since coaching, I feel like the world is opening up to me. The potential is exhilarating. I’m more curious about what could be.

Some of the things we accomplished together have become so integrated in my life that I’ve forgotten they ever gave me any trouble. I feel proud of the work we did. I notice a big difference in the way I’m working, and I know my articles are the better for it, too.

I have a completely new and improved approach to work. I no longer feel strained, no longer feel like I’m squeezing ideas out of my head and onto the page.

I get to tell amazing stories that have an impact on people’s thoughts and hearts. That’s the work I have the privilege of doing, and I enjoy it.”

—Jessica Natale Woollard, Writer and Communications Specialist www.jessicawoollard.ca, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Helena Schmidt  “I know Erin says she does not do magic, but her work helping me prepare to a difficult challenge was nothing short of that!  She really helped me to find calm and focus in a moment where I was feeling almost chaotic, preparing to take a very important assessment that would boost my career.  After our sessions, I managed to use what we talked about to prepare, and not only pass, but actually perform much better than I had anticipated. I highly recommend Erin!”

—Helena Schmidt

 

Aimee“My coaching conversations with Erin were really helpful. As someone who is juggling part time work, a home based business, a relationship, community involvement, fitness and hobbies I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with how to manage my time. Talking things through with Erin gave me clarity, focus, and new perspectives, as well as practical tools that I could use right away to make life easier. I am so grateful for the space Erin created for me to become even clearer on my vision. THANK YOU!!”

—Aimee

 

“When I signed up for Erin’s strategy session, I knew loosely what I was grappling with but it was shortly into our time together that Erin helped me home in on the core issues. I am grateful for Erin’s ability to ask poignant questions and get to the heart of the matter. Throughout the call, I had the sense that Erin was on my side, encouraging me to move ahead and looking at what was holding me back. It is obvious that Erin cares deeply about helping others achieve their dreams. Thank you for that time, Erin.”

—Patricia Rawson, Victoria, BC

 

Carmel Ecker“Before working with Erin, I could only dream about starting my own business. I would get excited by ideas and imagine making them happen, but I had no follow through. I consistently sabotaged myself because I didn’t really think I had the ability to create my own success. I was afraid.

When I first talked to Erin, I knew I needed a guiding hand to help me make the journey from employee to entrepreneur. I decided to make an investment in my future by hiring her as a coach. It was a turning point. I wasn’t going to waste the investment of time and money by once again dreaming without taking action.

With Erin, I got to see myself as the successful business person I want to be. She helped me develop an effective course of action and the accountability to see it through. I’ve developed more confidence in myself. I’m taking control instead of flowing along. With the tools I’ve gained in working with Erin, I can trust that I’ll do what’s necessary to create the life I want. I’m also showing my son that he doesn’t have to follow the usual life plan. He doesn’t need to be afraid of taking a leap and doing something. I want him to skip the process that I’ve gone through of following someone else’s idea of what I’m supposed to do.

I’ve made the best start to date in any attempt at a career change. I’m optimistic and prepared to move forward. It feels good to be doing instead of talking. I’ve gone from being a procrastinator to being someone who gets sh*t done. I’ve got this! I can be an entrepreneur! And I’m not as far away from that ideal version of myself as I thought I was.”

—Carmel Ecker, budding entrepreneur, Victoria, BC

 

“I am at a point in my life where my family-work-life balance is way out of whack because I can’t say no to people. I was realizing that I need to change how I approach and react to people and how to manage my workload – which is too much – but wasn’t sure how to do that. During our conversation, Erin really listened and heard what I was saying, but it went a step further. It felt like she really got what I was saying and brought it back to a relevant question or point that really summed it up for me. Now, I have a plan! And I am confident that I can execute on it. I am confident I can say no. It will be hard. There will be moments of silence where I normally pitch in and volunteer to do something, but now I’m going to say no! I’m moving on! Thank you so much, Erin.”

—Michèle Hamilton, Digital Marketer, Victoria, BC

 

Robin Smith“Before I worked with Erin, I felt that I was lost with regards to my family life and career path. I had felt for many years that there was something that was stopping me from being completely happy.

I was feeling that I was not successful in my career and needed a change and I became separated from my husband of 22 years and 4 children later. When I discovered Erin through LinkedIn, I hit the jackpot! My 8 weeks with Erin couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.

Erin had put me in some awkward conversations but it worked. Erin helped me to see me for the person I was and helped me find myself again. When I began with Erin, I also started counseling with someone and started going back to church. These 3 resources have gotten my life back on track and I am finally happy for the right reasons. I learned from Erin that you have to face your fears and not be scared to make mistakes.

I had been living my life for everyone else but myself for 25 years. It was time to live my life for me!   Now, I’m walking in my own shoes again. Not somebody else’s. My friends are so happy to see me this happy! And it’s a real happy. Before, it was like I was faking being happy, like I was trying so hard. Now I just feel it, and I can make myself happy. I know that now and I don’t need anyone else to do that for me. It’s huge!

My mom asked me the other day, ‘Are you feeling at peace?’ And I was like, ‘Yes!’ I’m at finally at peace and I feel calm, but I’m excited too. I’m not stressing out about work anymore and I’m spending more time at home. I’m so much more relaxed around my kids. I would recommend Erin if you are looking for a life coach regardless where you live!  She was great!

Thank you, Erin!”

—Robin Smith, Realtor, Summerside, PEI

 

“Since working with Erin I have gained motivation and accountability! Having her to talk to really motivated me because I shared my aspirations and worked on them with her. That alone made me more likely to go through with them and more likely to do what I said I was going to do. It’s usually hard for me to take action but through her coaching, I was able to get clear on what I need to do, how I was going to do it, and then did it. If I didn’t have this coaching, I probably wouldn’t be as organized or confident, and my team wouldn’t be as organized or confident.”

—C.R.

 

Rebekah Hutchison“Erin is creatively methodical in her approach to her customized Strategy Sessions.  Her questions are the shovel that help you uncover obstacles that are unnecessarily in the way.  Her patience, combined with the fact that she likely shares none of your biases, helps you figure out not only what the issue is, but also how to address it. I would recommend Erin Acton to growth-minded individuals who have a vision of where they want to go with their business but perhaps aren’t quite sure about how to navigate the way through the obstacles. You will likely be surprised by what you discover.”

—Rebekah Hutchison, Owner, Liquid Capital West Coast Financing Corp., Victoria, BC

 

“Before working with Erin I was really overwhelmed and I didn’t know if I was living out my purpose and needed direction. I could hardly look at a calendar because it was so overwhelming. In a lot of ways, I was my own limitation.

It’s hard to just put into a couple of sentences what I accomplished for myself through working with Erin. It’s been so empowering. By being willing to be honest with myself, I created affirmations and epiphanies and I realized that I have full control over my destiny. I remembered to be myself. To be present.

I’m surprised by how much I was able to accomplish in such a short time. I was able to move things way quicker than I ever could have on my own and now I feel more in control of what I need to do. I have deeper connections with my friends and I’m so much more at peace. I’m so proud of myself.”

—Billie Whitegibson, Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Training Specialist & Boot Camp Fitness Instructor, Victoria, BC

 

“When I was about to work with Erin during a one-to-one VIP day, I have to admit that I was nervous. I was working really hard on my business but I wasn’t seeing the results I expected based on the effort I’d put in. I was starting to feel like I was burning out. Would I really end up with anything of value at the end of the day? I am thrilled to share that yes, I did! We weren’t even half-way through the day when I had my mind completely blown. I had no idea that an area of my life that I thought I had already dealt with was still there. And it was impacting my business! That was only one of the insights that I had while working with Erin. At the beginning, I really wanted a plan. I wanted to know exactly what to do on each day of the week. I got a plan, but it was nothing like the one I thought I wanted. The one I have and that I am now executing on is so simple! It’s empowering and inspiring and I get chills when I see it. And I couldn’t have created this without Erin. She is observant and a great listener. Many times, she reflected back things I had said that I hadn’t noticed but were patterns that have been holding me back. I am so grateful. If you are looking for a powerful coach, call Erin. I highly recommend her!”

—Sandra Sterling-Weicker, Career Coach, www.sandrasterlingweicker.com, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

To learn if Erin can help you, book a free strategy session. You’ll identify what’s standing in your way and your best step forward. See if she has availability here.