About Katie

Your Perfect Partner to Help you Create Your Best Life

Who is Katie Farrell?

If you’re reading this page, then I hope that means I’ve piqued your interest in The Catalyst for Life enough for you to want to find out who you’ll potentially be dealing with…and perhaps whether you and I would be a good fit? That’s really important: the coach/client relationship is built on mutual trust after all. So here’s where I tell you a little about my life story, and how I’ve arrived at this place. A place where I created The Catalyst for Life in the firm belief that I can empower you to transform your current world and live your life on your own terms.

A Brief Bio: Been There, Done That

Like most people who set up in business for themselves, my background and experiences come from “corporate” world. I’ve had senior roles in HR, training, systems implementations and client management, typically helping companies to operate systems and processes more efficiently and their people to transition effectively through change, improving their relationships and teamwork along the way. Though it seems I’ve been helping people overcome challenges all my life: I was the one my classmates turned to for help with schoolwork and it’s continued from there! I’d obviously recognised at a very early age that I had the ability to see where people are struggling and to ‘translate’ that challenge into something they can fully understand and grab with both hands.

 

My corporate career was going well, but like many of the people I have coached over the years, it took a series of major “life events” that pulled me up short. I’d taken a sabbatical from my job working with the NHS to live and work in New Zealand for a year, and when I returned to the UK it wasn’t long before I became a proud single mum to a gorgeous little boy. Then I was made redundant after 6 years in my senior Change Management role. I had already been studying part-time as a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, so – seizing those lemons and making that lemonade – I fast-tracked this to qualify and within 6 weeks was up and running with clients in a brand new business.

Where I Am Now

I realised that the best part of working with my clients for me was when I’d helped them overcome an obstacle, such as fear or a lack of confidence; seeing that glimmer of hope and excitement in their eyes and helping them to recognise their strengths and true potential, then explore how they could use their newfound confidence and beliefs to achieve something they’d only dreamed of, was priceless! In fact, one client said it was like I’d given her a set of wings and then helped her work out where and how to fly – I still love that!   So I continued my studies in coaching, stress management, neuroscience and performance management (amongst others!), and combined all of these skills and experience, including Reiki, Mindfulness, The Law of Attraction and my natural intuitive abilities, to build a unique and truly holistic coaching practice: The Catalyst for Life.

You Don’t Have to Do This Alone

Has any of this resonated with you? You may currently be somewhere similar to where I’ve been, facing the same kinds of challenges? Perhaps you’ve been looking after your family who are now grown and you’re ready to do something for you again? Or maybe you’ve hit that point where you realise you’re no longer happy in your career, but you have no idea what else you could do? Or is your inner voice/gut calling for you to do something different before it’s too late? Then please get in touch; I’m always happy to chat over a real or virtual coffee to see whether we can work together to make some amazing life transformations for you!   If you have a few minutes then take a look at the various services that I offer, from private one-to-one coaching to coaching for owners, executives and teams in businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to large corporations.   Distance is no barrier as I also work with clients around the world via Zoom or similar methods. Our first call is free, so let’s grab a coffee.

Some Fun Facts About Me…

The Heart behind The Catalyst for Life

My hair grows like I sleep in manure! Blame it on the Irish blood (that’s certainly where I get my curls) but I also love that it means I can have it short and dark one minute and shoulder length blonde curls the next!

Palm Beach

I love the sun – whether it’s +30 or -10; if the sun’s out, I’m happy!  Just feeling its warmth on my skin puts an instant smile on my face and I love seeing that chain reaction with people, where 1 smile is caught and passed on to the next person & the next & the next….happy days all round!   I love the sea – swimming in it, kayaking on it or simply sitting beside it, just hearing the ocean makes everything feel right!

Sydney

I love to travel – I’m a UK-born, optimistic, fun-loving adventure-seeker, with travelling blood in my veins! From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by other countries, cultures and languages. I’ve visited many parts of the world, from the Med, Europe & Scandinavia to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Middle East & Malaysia, plus I lived in New Zealand for almost a year, but it is Australia that captured my heart when I first landed there in 2000..and like a magnet it’s drawn me back many times since!   I’m a bit of a Nomad; in the words of the great Paul Young (80’s hit singer, from the same home town as me) – “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home…” When you’re happy in your skin and love life and all the opportunities it provides you with, you can feel at home anywhere.

Me & Son

I’m Mum to a fantastic son, who fills me with such love, pride and joy every single day.  He makes me laugh until my belly aches…and his hugs are the best!   I can still do the splits!   I love singing, humming, whistling, basically anything musical and you’ll find me doing it anywhere.   I love learning: languages, dances, self-development books to soaking up more about this wonderful Universe we inhabit and its infinite possibilities.  Did I mention I’m a huge fan and advocate of The Law of Attraction?!

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